Scouts marched into the 2012 knockout semi-finals with a heroic goalkeeping performance by Deon Yon over 120 minutes, and 3 penalty saves in the deciding shootout.
The first goal came on 20 mins. Jamie Thomas setup his strike partner Dane Leo for an easy finish to put Wirebirds 1-0 up.
Two minutes later, drama at the other end. Dalton George was brought down and Scouts were awarded a penalty. Fabian Peters denied Scouts’ captain Phillip Francis with an acrobatic one handed save.
Scouts then drew level right on 45 mins. A super cross by Jamie Peters was met by George with a side foot finish for 1-1.
With 7 mins of regular time left to play, ‘Squares’ made it 2-1 Wirebirds with a powerful drive that gave the keeper no chance.
Scouts came back again on 90 mins. Another penalty. This time Francis scored to force extra time.
No goals in extra time so on to penalties.
Scouts went first, Darren Bedwell scoring. Wayne Crowie also found the net for Wirebirds before Phillip Francis made it 2 for Scouts. Scouts went on to score their 3rd by Gareth Walton before Jamie Peters effort was saved by Fabian Peters in goal. However, Jamie’s miss didn’t matter. Deon Yon saved penalties from ‘Squares,’ Alistair Buckley and Martin ‘Kunya’ Buckley to take Scouts through.