Greasley suffer last-gasp heartbreak as Vernon progress to Shield semi-finals

Notts FA Shield Quarter-Final

AFC Vernon 4

Greasley MW U15 3

This thrilling cup tie which went right to the wire saw the home side snatch victory with a screamer with only a minute left of extra-time.

It was a pulsating game in difficult conditions and played on a uneven surface but never failed to bring excitement and thrills for which both teams must be applauded.

Vernon started the brighter and found good territorial advantage early on.

They took the lead when a long ball was mishandled by Greasley keeper James Fogg allowing Bishop to tap home from close range.

Midway through the half they went further ahead when a high free-kick went unchallenged for another sloppy goal conceded by the Welfare.

Then Greasley began to press and just before half-time they were thrown a lifeline when a clumsy tackle on Josh Baker inside the area made for an easy penalty decision. Joe Coxon calmly sent the keeper the wrong way.

The second-half began with both teams creating chances but as the half progressed Greasley began to grow in stature, pushing Vernon onto the back foot.

Robbie Manners deserved more when from some 30 yards out he rattled the crossbar with the keeper well beaten, before Wheatley made a fine save to deny Baker.

Vernon had a goal disallowed for offside soon after and as time ran down it looked for all their effort Greasley would be out.

But in the final two minutes their equaliser came. Sam Meakin swung over a ball into the mix and as the home side failed to clear the ball fell to Jack Millward to fire home.

With the game going into extra-time both teams began to show signs of tiredness, apart from the magnificent Tom Stockton who at the heart of the Greasley defence won everything thrown at him.

The centre-half never put a foot wrong and along with Brad Walker kept the Vernon forwards away from their goal.

The long ball was now to the fore in a hope someone would make a mistake but both teams were giving nothing away.

Midway through the first period another hanging ball from a controversial free-kick troubled Fogg and as the ball dropped a home player was the first to react and scored from close range.

With Vernon still celebrating their lead Greasley went straight back down the other end and drew level again.

This time Baker showed his strength to beat his man before firing home into the far corner.

The second period of extra-time almost produced a winner for Greasley.

First a near post corner from Meakin was met by Millward with a thumping header which went inches wide, then Baker turned his man before tamely shooting at goal.

But in time added on Vernon scored the winner with a cracking long range effort.

There was still time for a last gasp chance but Meakin could only stab the ball agonisingly wide.

Tom Stockton was awarded man-of-the-match.