Lowestoft Town book place in Suffolk Premier Cup final with controversial goal
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Lowestoft controversially edged past ten-man Bury Town in extra-time to progress to the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Needham Market.
Trawlerboys defender Michael Spillane headed home a near post corner late in the second period of extra-time – a goal that left the Bury bench fuming as they claimed the ball had gone out for a goal-kick.
The Blues, who twice equalised through Josh Mayhew and Ollie Canfer, had Remi Garrett dismissed in the first period of extra-time, after reacting to a challenge from Chris Henderson.
Lowestoft created the better openings of a dour first half, Spillane twice going close with headers and Connor Deeks rattling a post from range, the rebound being fired over by Ryan Jarvis.
Bury started the second half with more purpose and captain Phil Weavers almost put them in front within a minute of the restart, the defender lashing a vicious volley just over the bar.
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Bury's early pressure came to nothing though and they were punished as the Trawlerboys took the lead on the hour. Joe Marsden was set free down the right flank and he powered over a cross that was headed emphatically into the net by Deeks.
Left-back Robert Eagle then had a chance to double Lowestoft's lead, but fired over and two minutes later, the Blues were deservedly level, Mayhew nodding home the equaliser.
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Both sides had chances to win it but the match went to extra-time and Lowestoft took the lead in the 94th minute with a superb, clean strike from Henderson, the winger firing a curling shot into the far corner after good wing work by substitute Luke Garrod.
Bury equalised again eight minutes later, Canfer finishing clinically, but Garrett was sent off soon after and Spillane headed home the winner from Eagle's controversial corner – leaving Lowestoft to ponder a Premier Cup final encounter with Leiston.
Bury Town: O'Sullivan, White, Wigley (Hammett, 115), Kennedy, De'Ath, Weavers, Garrett, Hall, Mayhew, Canfer, Aitkens (Hughes, 46). Subs not used: Collins, Reed.
Lowestoft Town: Putjins, Marsden (Barker, 103) , Eagle, Fisk, Spillane, Kyprianou, Mason (Garrod, 75), Deeks, Crow, Jarvis, Henderson. Subs not used: Bammant, Solomon, Swatmann.
Referee: Alan Dale