Penalty joy for Comrades as Premier Division Cup final beckons


Berkhamsted have booked their place in the Premier Division Cup final after clinching a nailbiting 5-4 penalty shootout win over London Colney.

With the tie locked at 4-4 after extra-time, Berko kept their cool to win the shootout as keeper Carl Tasker made the all-important save.

In a thrilling cup clash, it was London Colney who broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Spencer Clarke Mardle pounced on a loose ball after Tasker had saved the first shot.

It did not take Berko long to level things up, though, with a header from Ed Canahm finished off by Connor Calcutt.

Leading scorer Calcutt fired Berko into the lead on the hour mark, and the Comrades looked to have wrapped up the win with 15 minutes left as Dale Sears powered a header past Charlie May to make it 3-1.

Colney rallied, though, and struck back with two goals in injury time through Shaun Murphy and Greg Shaw to send the game into extra-time.

The momentum was with the visitors and another goal from Shaw put them 4-3 ahead, but Berko were not to be denied and James Towell slotted home the equaliser with seven minutes left.

Then came a superb display of penalty taking. Dan Griggs, Steve Hawes, Jack Copson, Jamie Gavin and Calcutt all netted for the home side, while Colney also scored their first four spot kicks.

At 5-4 down, James Lawrence needed to score to force sudden death, but Tasker tipped his kick over the bar to win the game for Berko.

There are four teams left in the other half of the draw, so the Comrades must wait a while to find out who they will play in the final.