Gav proves he is the King in shoot-out win

Euxton Villa celebrate the Byron Andrew goal in their game against Lostock St Gerards
Euxton Villa celebrate the Byron Andrew goal in their game against Lostock St Gerards

Goalkeeper Gavin King was the Coppull United hero as his penalty shoot-out saves saw the Blainscough Park outfit advance into the quarter-final of the Lancashire FA Amateur Shield.

Dave Haughton’s side battled out a tense 2-2 draw against Manchester Premier Division side Hindsford, before the tie was decided on penalties.

King diverted a penalty wide of goal before another was missed, as Coppull ran out 5-3 winners.

Earlier in the game, Coppull fell behind after 20 minutes, and on the stroke of half-time the three- time Premier Division champions extended their lead.

In the second half, Dave Taylor pulled a goal back for Coppull, before Mitch Leece continued his excellent goal-scoring form to pull the sides level.

King was called upon late in the game, but he pulled off two excellent saves to take the tie to penalties.

Leece, Nathan Fairhurst, Tony Hartley, Lewis Grimshaw and Ike Williams were all successful from the spot, and with the aid of King it was Coppull who march on into the quarter-finals.

Euxton Villa had a day to forget as they shipped six against Lostock St Gerards.

It was a torrid day at the office for Mark McDonnell’s side, as a combination of poor defending and chasing the game saw them dumped out of the LFA Shield in a 6-2 defeat.

Adam Clare was Lostock’s hat-trick hero, while Luke Berry, Dave Scarborough and Jordan Murdoch all got themselves on the scoresheet. Byron Andrew and Dan Morris were Villa’s scorers, and the Runshall Hall Lane side will need to be at their best this Saturday when they meet Coppull United in the league.

Earlier in the season, Lostock had emerged victorious in their league encounter, and it proved to be the same again.

Villa failed to build on their excellent result away at Charnock Richard last weekend and it was more cup heartache.

The game was evenly poised at 2-2 after Andrew and Morris had netted.

But Lostock hit the home side on the counter attack, and they buried four further goals to seal an all-important victory.

Dave Heald was sent off in the game and it means he will miss the away trip to Garstang.

Villa boss McDonnell was frustrated with his side’s performance.

He said: “It was unexpected and I was quite shocked.

“We defended quite poorly in the game, which was frustrating.

“We went out into the game with high spirits and we’ve been defending well and not conceding many goals.

“We scored two excellent goals but we conceded a really bad goal on the stroke of half-time.

“It’s our worst performance in a long time, it came out of the blue, but the best team won on the day and I have no arguments.

“We have to go into the Coppull game and forget what happened and look to bounce back with a win and improve our defensive performance.”