Cup semi-final exit for Langford as The 61FC go through on penalties

PUBLISHED: 12:05 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:05 06 February 2017

Nick Gardner can't save the decisive penalty. Picture: Danny Loo

Nick Gardner can't save the decisive penalty. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Langford were knocked out of the Beds Senior Cup on Saturday as they went down 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out against The 61FC from Luton.

The Reds fell behind to an early first-half goal as Aaron Lewis fired in from the penalty spot after Chris Francis had been sent tumbling in the box.

61FC had other chances to increase their lead and after 40 minutes Langford keeper Nick Gardner had to make a great save from a clever lob from Adam Hughes, just tipping the ball over the bar at full stretch.

Langford’s first real chance came in the 43rd minute with Connor Waite shooting wide before James Potter burst through and was foiled by the 61FC keeper to end a scrappy half.

The second half opened with Langford dictating the play, and they were rewarded in the 53rd minute when Deon Putnam fired through a forest of legs past the unsighted keeper following a poorly cleared corner.

Play swung from end to end as both teams squandered good chances with Daniel Gould in the visitors’ goal making fine saves to deny both Sean Murray and Connor Waite.

The match finished 1-1 and went to penalties, but the visitors held their nerve and won the tie 5-4 to book their place in the final.

Langford are back in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Ampthill Town in SSML Division One. They then make the trip to Codicote on Saturday, also in the league.

Langford: Gardner, Redmond, Higley, Murray, Meyrick, Moss, Brooks, Waite, Potter, Penman, Putnam. Subs: Chisholm (used), Ellis (used), Ashley (used), Gudgin.

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