Cracking comebacks and superb shoot-outs

Action from the ICA v Netherton game.
Action from the ICA v Netherton game.
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The finallists in the PFA Senior Cup have promised to deliver a match to make the Peterborough League proud.

Netherton United and Coates both won their semi-finals last weekend after surviving spirited comebacks as well as nervy penalty shoot-outs.

Netherton pipped Cup holders ICA Sports 3-2 on spot-kicks after a 2-2 draw, while Coates saw off Deeping Rangers 3-1 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Coates manager Andy Lodge said: “We were 3-1 up with seven minutes to go and cruising and then all off a sudden we were facing a penalty shoot out.

“Luckily no-one remembers how you got to a final, just that you got there and it should be a great game of football. I’m confident both teams will put on a performance that will be a credit to the Peterborough League.”

Coates’ keeper Lewis Moat saved the first three Deeping spot-kicks to see them through.

Lodge was generous in his praise for Deeping and Netherton manager Jon Harrison was the same towards the beaten ICA team. ICA had fought back from 2-0 down to force the shoot out.

“The ICA players were a credit to their club and manger,” Harrison said. “They refused to give up so I’m just greateful that we edged the penalties. Skipper Ben Daly was very cool when converting the decisive one.”

Stephen Mastin scored twice for Netherton in normal time. Luke Bonney and Nathan Glover replied.

The final takes place at Posh’s ABAX Stadium early in May.