Gazette Pay The Penalty

Real Gothic (won 3-1 on pens) vs Athletico Gazette

Sunday 2nd May 2010

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REAL Gothic claimed only their third win over Athletic Gazette in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday.

Drawing 2-2 after full-time the Gazette's penalties were woeful as first editor Jon Stokoe and then reporter Carl Gavaghan failed to find that net.

 That gave Gothic the chance to seal the victory and they did not disappoint and took home the History of Guns Acedia Cup.

 The game itself was a tight affair with the Gazette having the majority of the ball but failing to make their possession count.

 Midway throught the first half the goths took the lead when Shaun Chamberlain raced onto a through ball and beat goalkeeper Rich Davies from the edge of the box.

 This seemed to spur the Gazette into action and the equaliser came just before half-time when Phil Stabler smashed home from close range following a good move.

 The second half began much like the first ended with Athletico on top, with Stokoe and Stabler both wasting good chances and Gavaghan having a shot cleared off the line by inspirational goth defender Terry Cummins.

 Then the Gazette were hit with a sucker punch as Chamberlian grabbed a second when his mis-hit shot sneaked past Davies.

 And that appeared to be that after the Gazette wasted chance after chance.

 But, in the very last minute, Gavaghan whipped in a 30-yard free kick which beat the goth keeper and allowed Paul Hurworth to nod in on the line.

 Then came the dreaded penalties and the goths showed themselves to be Germany to the Gazette's England as they triumphed 3-1. Gazette captain Jon Stokoe and Carl Gavaghan missed their kicks, whilst Terry Cummins and Graeme McKinnon netted. James Kairton scored the winner with a well placed penalty causing a mass pile on and wild celebrations.


All that was left was for Real Gothic captain John 'Pablo' Thompson to lift the cup and for Shaun Chamberlin to take the man of the match award.

 The two teams put the rivalry aside to take a post-match drink in the Whitby Town bar as bingo was held to raise money for Whitby RNLI and the Willow Foundation.

 The stage is now set for October's return leg when Athletico Gazette will be out to reclaim the trophy that has been in their hands for so long.

 Pablo will have other ideas.


*Match Report courtesy of The Whitby Gazette