Penalty pain for Swinton

DELIGHT TO DESPAIR: Brett Lovell celebrates after putting his Swinton WMC side in front in the County FA Sunday Senior Cup final, only for them to lose on penalties. Picture: Kate Evans
DELIGHT TO DESPAIR: Brett Lovell celebrates after putting his Swinton WMC side in front in the County FA Sunday Senior Cup final, only for them to lose on penalties. Picture: Kate Evans

SWINTON WMC were denied the chance to end a memorable season by lifting the County Cup by penalty shootout heartache.

The Mexborough and District Sunday League champions were held to a 1-1 draw by top Barnsley side Athersley Recreation at Bramall Lane but lost out as the game went to the spot.

Athersley keeper Shaun Penn proved the hero for his side as he denied both Steve Lynam and Craig Morton in the shootout to help is side lift the Sunday Senior Challenge Cup.

Swinton took the lead when Sean Greaves’ cross was met by the prolific Brett Lovell (pictured) who glanced the ball home from close range.

It proved to be a fairly lacklustre first half with Athersley forcing just a couple of efforts in their chase of the equaliser.

But seven minutes into the second half they grabbed the leveller when Jason Bentley smashed the ball home past Jack Ward.

Athersley had the better of the chances to win it in normal time with Jamie Sutton, Ryan White and Thomas Harban going close.

The pace of the game increased in extra time with White firing over the bar.

Swinton almost snatched a late winner when Lovell drilled on goal only for Penn to tip over.

Then Penn took centre stage to save two penalties and seal the win for Athersley.