Dramatic penalty shoot-out win at Charlton
Town’s team will play in the Professional Development League 2 Final after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win in the semi-final at Southern section winners Charlton Athletic.
With ten men for the final half hour of the game and the extra time, the young Terriers showed tremendous character to battle back and win the shoot-out in sudden death – with goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski the hero.
Town took the lead after a quarter of an hour through striker Paul Mullin, who latched onto a miss-kick from the Charlton custodian before cleverly lobbing the ball home.
However, Town were dealt a blow when midfielder Ben Holmes was sent off on the stroke of the hour.
The Addicks capitalised with a goal to take the game to extra time and scored another during the first 15 minutes, but Town were awarded a late penalty when substitute centre half Fraser Horsfall was pulled down by the home goalkeeper – allowing Mullin to step up and fire home his 14th goal of the season.
The game went to penalties and after the first five it sat at 3-3, but Charlton missed their first sudden death kick – allowing ‘keeper Wilczynski, who had saved two, to step up and fire home to send Town to the final!
The Terriers now face a trip to QPR in the final, with a date to be confirmed.
Ed Wilczynski; Bradley Carroll, William Boyle (Fraser Horsfall 100), Joe Wilkinson, Thomas Briggs; Danny Morton, Ben Holmes; George Conway (Rekeil Pyke 95), Kedesh Goddard (c), Jake Charles (Ryan Cox 105); Paul Mullin