It took the penalty goalkeeping heroics of striker Shaquille Frank to once more hand Haynes and Winners Connection victory and the first ever Linden Mayor’s Cup football title when they scored a 4-2 penalty shootout win with Eagles United on Tuesday night as part of this year’s Linden Town Week activities.
Playing in front of a crowd which was split between two deserving finalists Eagles United first gained the lead through Quasi Quintin who capitalized on a lapse by the Winners Connection goalkeeper and tucked home the goal and the lead in the 35th minute of play and this lead would remain up to the break.
However, after play resumed Winners Connection would level things when Shaquille Frank scored in the 53rdminute and from there the battle was truly on. When the end of 90 minutes was blown the scores read 1-1 and even extra period of 15 minutes could not separate the two teams. It would boil down to the decision making by Winners Connect
ion and this was to change the role of Frank from where he was to take over goalkeeping duties.
This tactic worked in the previous game and it did once more as Frank brought off two saves which propelled his team to gain a 4-2 advantage with one kick remaining for Eagles United which was not going to change the end result.
In the first game of the night the National Under-17 put two past the Linden Under-20 to win 2-0.
In the their place playoff match, Net Rockers stopped Capital FC 2-1 as Royston Fraser netted in the 28th minute and Joel Isaacs in the 70th minute accounted for the winning team’s goals. Tyric McAllister scored the consolation goal in the 39th minute for the Capital FC side.
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