Newhaven win on pens to go through to semis

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Newhaven are through to the semi-finals of the Peter Bentley Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Lancing on Tuesday night.

They had to do it the hard way as they came from behind on two separate occasions as Owen Callaghan opened the scoring for the hosts in the first minute.

Calum Conner restored parity on the half-hour mark but Callaghan struck again five minutes before half-time.

Lancing seemed to have one foot in the last four as the clock ran down but Adam Kneller popped up with seven minutes left to send the tie into extra-time.

There were no goals in the next half an hour and Ollie Davies, Rob Boddy, and goalkeeper Jamie Buss scored Newhaven’s first three spotkicks in the shoot-out.

Buss saved the hosts’ first two but Kneller missed the target for the Dockers. It didn’t matter, though, as Lancing blasted their fifth over the bar and Newhaven won 3-2.

It was the perfect present for joint-manager Andy Cook was fuming after his side failed to see off nine-man Littlehampton in Sussex Division One at Fort Road on Saturday.

Despite playing almost the entire second half with a significant numerical advantage, Dan Swain cancelled out Ollie Davies’ opener with 12 minutes remaining.

Liam Humphreys was first to see red for a second yellow card in the 26th minute, while Scott Packer was shown a straight red for dissent after a penalty was awarded to the Dockers.

Davies stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way before Swain stole a point. Newhaven host Hailsham Town in Division one on Saturday.