Penalty woes send Kingstonian out of FA Trophy

By Joe Acklam

10th Oct 2022 | Football

Kingstonian bowed out of the FA Trophy after a penalty shoot-out defeat. Photo: Martin Addison.
Kingstonian bowed out of the FA Trophy after a penalty shoot-out defeat. Photo: Martin Addison.

Kingstonian suffered penalty heartbreak in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying round as they were knocked out by Wingate and Finchley on a shoot-out following a 2-2 draw. 

Ben Ward-Cochrane gave Kingstonian an early lead after rounding the 'keeper and Antonis Vaisiliou pegged them back ten minutes later. 

Wingate and Finchley had seemed to snatch the win 15 minutes from time when Dylan Kearney, but Tyrese Owen found an equaliser and the Ks missed normal time penalty to win it before they bowed after a shoot-out. 

This result sends Kingstonian out of the FA Trophy and means that Kingstonian have failed to win a single cup match this season, after losing in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round to Sevenoaks Town. 

Ward-Cochrane gave the Ks the lead on 14 minutes as he got onto the end of a through ball and rounded on Ben Goode and tapped into the unguarded net. 

That lead was not to last for long as Vasiliou lashed beyond Sam Jackson to restore parity after 23 minutes. 

The second half was not a classic for the neutral, with neither side showing a great deal of quality, but Kearney came off the bench to score and give the Blues what looked like it would be the winner with 16 minutes to play. 

Owen then levelled it up seven minutes from time as he popped up at the back post to head past Goode and between these two draw specialists it would seem that this was destined for spot kicks. 

But again, the game swung on its axis and Kingstonian had a penalty three minutes later to send them into the next round but Goode pulled off a fine save to deny Kieron Cadogan. 

Those penalty woes were to continue after the full-time whistle as Thomas Gogo and Corey Parchment missed the Ks' first two penalties and Wingate and Finchley scored four from five to send them into the FA Trophy First Round proper. 


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