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Holders Maidenhead United bow out of Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after penalty shoot-out defeat to Chesham United

Maidenhead United 3, Chesham United 3

(Chesham progress 5-4 on penalties)

Holders Maidenhead United bowed out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday night after losing on penalties to Chesham United.

The Magpies took the lead on three occasions, with Nana Owusu netting his first goals for the York Road club, but Chesham, who were reduced to 10 men in the latter stages when goalkeeper Niall Clayton was sent off, pegged their hosts back on three occasions, before beating them in the shoot-out.

United lifted the FA Trophy before the start of the season in August, after Christian Smith’s first half goal saw them overcome Hungerford Town in the final at Arbour Park.

The competition wasn’t one of manager Alan Devonshire’s main priorities this season, but, his youthful looking side will have been disappointed not to have held onto a 3-2 lead in the final minutes when playing against 10 men.

A raft of changes were made to the team which drew 0-0 with Halifax Town on Saturday, with Josh Masters and Rory Merrick given their first opportunity to impress in the first team. The Magpies also selected an unfamiliar bench, with Kai Walters, Bradley Keetch, Nathan Minhas and Harry Laflin joining Carl Pentney.

Playing in their yellow away kit the Magpies got off to a flyer when Moses Emmanuel set up Adrian Clifton for a cool finish into the bottom corner. Chesham responded well and Kieran Murphy was slightly unfortunate to see his header whistle over the bar in the first half, but the Generals levelled things up when Ravi Shamsi curled home a wonderful strike from 25 yards on the hour mark. Owusu netted his first goal for the club with a strike from 20 yards three minutes later, and a crazy five minute spell ended with Lewis Toomey bundling the ball home from close range to make it 2-2. Clayton was dismissed for taking out the marauding Owusu, who then exacted his revenge with a deflected free-kick that squirmed past new keeper Hafed Al-Oroubi.

A breathless final 10 minutes saw Jefferson Louis curl home the Generals’ third equaliser of the night, and the experienced striker should really have won it in stoppage time, but shot wide of Kieran Drake’s post.

A perfect set of spot-kicks from the Generals, and Al-Oroubi’s save from Owusu, then sent the visitors through to the next round of the competition.

Maidenhead United: Drake, Merrick, Peters, Kilman, Masters, Mulley (C), Comley, Upward, Owusu, Emmanuel (Minhas 69’), Clifton. Subs not used: Walters, Keetch, Laflin, Pentney.

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