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Tue 14
Flint Town United
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Cup
Prestatyn Town
K Smyth (8')
Flint are spot on to deny Prestatyn the chance of the Double

Flint are spot on to deny Prestatyn the chance of the Double

By Nigel Sheen
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In an enthralling cup tie, between two well matched sides, Flint eventually prevailed 5-4 on penalties to reach the final


Whilst short on direct goalmouth action for much of the game, this was nevertheless an absorbing match, in which the Flint players to a man, raised their game and gave an excellent account of themselves.
The Silkmen struck first on 8 minutes, when Levi Mackin produced a clever little through ball that dissected the Prestatyn defence and set Kyle Smyth on his way. Smyth ran into the area and rounded the advancing Ryan Roberts before slotting home from a wide angle.
Prestayn's reply, whilst not quite instantaneous, followed quickly after, when on 14 minutes a ball played over the top picked out Jack Kenny, and whilst the Flint players looked for an offside flag that never came, Kenny cut into the box and finished coolly to draw his side level.
Prestatyn were intent on playing the ball out from the back whenever the opportunity arose, and on more than one occasion, the chasing and harrying of the Flint forwards, exemplified by Smyth, almost forced them into costly errors. But each time, they managed to ride their luck and get away with it.
As the half progressed, the Seasiders appeared to adopt a somewhat niggly approach to the game, which was clearly designed to unsettle and antagonise their opponents. Kenny was at the forefront at much of this, with his theatrics and constant back chat to the referee, which did little to endear himself to the home fans.
Unfortunately, some of the Flint players rose to the bait, and both Stewart Carroll and James Hooper found themselves in the book by half time.
Just before the interval, Flint carved out another good chance, when Hooper broke through from the left, and looked to place his shot in the far corner of the net, but Roberts did well to palm it away.
Flint's pressing game almost paid dividends on 55 minutes, when Smyth dispossessed a defender and got away a shot, that forced Roberts into action once more as he made the save.
As the game wore on, it looked as though the newly crowned League Champions would edge it, as they were beginning to look more dangerous, and some of Flint's players were visibly tiring as they had run themselves into the ground.
A free-kick on 70 minutes caused panic, when two Prestatyn players beat the offside trap and eluded their markers, giving one of them, Dave Hayes, the chance of a free header, that Ben Jones excellently palmed onto the post.
A Prestayn corner ten minutes later, led to Kenny flicking the ball into the path of a team-mate but the resulting header cleared the bar from close range. Then shortly after, a Sam Heard snapshot was well held by Jones.
As full time loomed, Prestatyn thought they had won it at the death, when, following a long clearance from Roberts, the bounce of the ball deceived Matty Holt, and Kenny got in behind him to direct a header on goal, but once again, Jones was on hand to make a good save and deny him.
Flint introduced Adam Edgar for Andy Brown as we entered extra time, as Brown was by now almost out on his feet.
On 93 minutes, Ben Jones produced a remarkable double save to once again deny the visitors. From a corner, Mike Parker thundered in a powerful header that screamed goal all the way, until Jones pulled off an astonishing reaction save to keep the ball out. Not only that, but he was alert enough to keep out the follow up effort, as players tried to force the ball over the line.
Shaun Beck had been introduced as a substitute for Flint in extra time, and his predatory instincts were almost rewarded with a goal in the 109th minute, as Holt produced a nice little flick that directed the ball into his path. But he just couldn't get the connection he needed to turn the ball into the goal from close range.
With the game deep into extra time, Hooper summoned up the energy for one last run at the Prestatyn defence, and he surged into the box, only to go to ground after apparently being bundled over, but the referee waved away Flint's appeals.
So, with the game still at a stalemate after extra time, we had the added drama of penalties.
Prestatyn took the first spot kick and their talisman Mike Parker sent them on their way with a well struck penalty. In fact the first four kicks were all duly despatched, with little fuss. Then up stepped Kenny to take Prestatyn's third. And his effort was well saved by Jones, to put his side in the driving seat.
Adam Edgar then stepped up for Flint, and the youngster held his nerve to rocket his effort into the net to give the Silkmen the advantage. It was one they were not to let go, as all four remaining penalties were scored, giving Flint a hard earned but ultimately deserved victory, to the delight of their supporters.

Line Ups :
Flint Town United - B. Jones, J. Hill (M. Cadwallader 100), J. Culshaw, J. Palmer, J. Davies, M. Holt, S. Carroll (c), L. Mackin (S. Beck 103), A. Brown (A. Edgar 91), J. Hooper, K. Smyth. Unused Subs - L. Tyson, D. McAdam (GK)
Prestatyn Town - R. Roberts, T. Kemp, J. Lewis, D. Hayes (c) (J. Stead 78), C. Heard, N. Edwards, M. Parker, S. Heard (J. Newell 86), J. Kenny, J. Higgins, W. Adam (A. Williams). Unused Subs - R. Fairhurst, B. Maher

Goalscorers :
Flint Town United - Kyle Smyth (8)
Prestatyn Town - Jack Kenny (14)

Penalty Shoot Out:
Flint Town United - Mark Cadwallader, Stewart Carroll, Adam Edgar, Joe Culshaw, Kyle Smyth
Prestatyn Town - Mike Parker, Jack Lewis, James Stead, Jack Higgins

Bookings :
Flint Town United - Stewart Carroll (40), James Hooper (44), John Davies (85)
Prestatyn Town - Jack Kenny (63)

Flint MOM - Ben Jones (the highlights of a brilliant performance being a tremendous "Jerzey Dudek" type double save in Extra Time, and the vital save in the penalty shoot out)

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Match details

Match date

Tue 14, Mar 2017

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

165
Ben Jones

Player of the match

Ben Jones