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Late goals spare North Village’s blushes as they edge past Footy Kings

Blushes spared: North Village’s Tahmi Williams, right, broke the deadlock in his team’s 2-0 extra time win over Footy Kings in the FA Cup first round at Goose Gosling Field (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Footy Kings 0 North Village 2 (after extra time)

Two goals late in the second period of extra time from substitute Tahmi Williams and Tre Ming spared North Village the blushes in this FA Cup first-round tie with Corona League side Footy Kings at Goose Gosling Field last night.

With the game drifting towards penalties, Williams finally broke the deadlock when he fired home Ming’s cross from the right.

Footy Kings blew a golden opportunity to get back on even terms when captain and former Village player Keishen Bean saw his penalty saved by Detre Bell.

Things then went from bad to worse for Footy Kings as winger Keedai Astwood was sent off after receiving a second booking.

Ming went from provider to goal scorer when he followed up on Justin Bell’s rebound that cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and slammed home from close range right on the stroke of full time.

Village had ample chances to have had the match all sewn up in regulation time but wasted them to keep a gutsy and well-experienced Footy Kings side in with a shout.

The brilliant goalkeeping of Aaron Browne also frustrated Village as he pulled off a string of saves throughout a hard-fought and entertaining contest.

Williams had a goal waved offside at the start of the first period of extra time as Village’s superior fitness began to take its toll on a Footy Kings side boasting a plethora of former top-flight players.

Browne then pulled off a spectacular diving save to keep out Jaizel Smith-DeShields’s effort from close range.

Footy Kings suffered a setback after right back Anthony Rocker limped off hurt.

Williams eventually made the breakthrough in the 111th minute after a Footy Kings’ wayward free kick was intercepted in midfield.

Footy Kings were awarded a penalty after midfielder Dunn-Ya Taylor went down under a challenge in the area but Village goalkeeper Bell was equal to the task to preserve his team’s lead.

Astwood then received his marching orders before Ming settled any lingering nerves, killing the game off after reacting first to a rebound in the goalmouth.


North Village: Williams 111; Ming 120


Footy Kings (4-3-3): A Browne 8 – C Hayward 7, J Nusum 8, T Brown 7 (sub: R Wilson, 103min), A Rocker 8 (sub: O Ray, 90) – R Bean 7, D Taylor 7, K Jennings 7 – D Butterfield 7 (sub; J Peniston, 76), K Astwood 7, K Bean 7. Booked: Taylor, Jennings, Butterfield, Wilson (sub). Sent off: Astwood. Substitutes not used: W Place, V Minors, M Johnson, K Dill.

North Village (4-1-4-1): D Bell 7 – J Harvey 7, T Fray 7, K Knights 7, A Dos Santos 7- K Harrison 7, N Smith 6 (sub: V Perinchief, 76), T Ming 7, I Simmons 6 (sub: T Williams, 65 7)- J Smith- Deshields 7. Booked: Smith-DeShields. Substitutes not used: O DeShields, N Anglin.

Referee: T Simons.

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Published January 21, 2023 at 8:13 am (Updated January 21, 2023 at 8:13 am)

Late goals spare North Village’s blushes as they edge past Footy Kings

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