Zeiko Lewis at the double as Sacramento edge Crossfire in thriller
Zeiko Lewis struck twice to help Sacramento Republic progress into the Second Round of the 2023 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Crossfire on Wednesday.
The visiting Crossfire raced into two-goal advantage after just 13 minutes courtesy of Richard Aman and River Stewart and held that lead into the final ten minutes of the match.
However, Bermuda forward Lewis reduced the deficit in the 81st minute before Aldair Sanchez set up Russell Cicerone to level the scores with just five minutes remaining, forcing extra time.
Crossfire regained the lead through Munier Hussen in the 93rd minute, only for Cicerone to equalise again just four minutes later.
Lewis then put the hosts ahead in the 97th minute with his second of the game, but back came the visitors, levelling at 4-4 courtesy of Aman’s second in the 111th minute.
However, with the match finely poised, Johnny Fenwick struck what proved to be the winner two minutes later to send Sacramento into the next round.
The club return to USL action on Monday with a trip to San Antonio.
Elsewhere, Justin Donawa was on the score sheet as Solihull Moors were forced to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Maidenhead in the Vanarama National League on Friday.
Donawa had put Moors ahead after just 10 minutes; latching onto a ball on the halfway line, before beating his marker and slotting past goalkeeper Joe Walsh.
Moors looked destined to claim all three points until the 93rd minute as Kane Ferdinand swept home a low cross. The assistant referee had initially flagged for offside, but after a quick discussion, the referee awarded a goal to the visitors, denying Solihull victory.
Nahki Wells played the entirety of the match as Bristol City claimed a 2-1 victory away at Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday.
Nick Powell gave Stoke the lead nine minutes before half-time, after Wells and Andi Weimann both missed opportunities to put the visitors ahead.
Weimann had a goal ruled out for Bristol City for offside early in the second half by the fourth official before Zak Vyner's header levelled the score.
Substitute Anis Mehmeti then struck the winner five minutes from full-time to complete the comeback.
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