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Sporting Hackney still fighting for three trophies after Indian Gymkana victory in the cup

PUBLISHED: 11:03 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 05 October 2010

Sporting Hackney continued their three-pronged search for silverware on Saturday, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Indian Gymkana in the Middlesex County Senior Open Cup

Sporting Hackney continued their three-pronged search for silverware on Saturday, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Indian Gymkana in the Middlesex County Senior Open Cup.

Mark Chamberlain's match-winning penalty save booked the east Londoners a quarter-final place against Willesden Consadine after a one-sided affair at Haggerston Park.

Sporting were facing opposition from the top division for the second time this season, and proved themselves more than equal to the task.

Sporting dominated the first half and were unlucky tnot to be leading after free-scoring McQuade missed three half-chances, Caban and Majocchi were both denied from long range.

The second half was a marginally tighter affair, but it still came as a shock to another bumper crowd at Haggerston Park, when keeper Chamberlain gifted Gynkana the opener with a throw-out that went straight to the number 10.

The striker returned it with interest and floated the ball over the stopper and into the empty net.

Hackney went close on two separate occasions, and had what looked like two cast iron penalty appeals turned down by the referee.

With 10 minutes of normal time remaining, a fantastic Caban free-kick came back off the post into the stride of the grateful Goodacre for his third goal of the season to draw the sides level.

The extra 30 minutes were tighter still, with the game developing into an end-to-end match.

Sporting were tiring and the east London men were happy to see the game out to a penalty shoot-out, despite little threat on their own goal.

In the ensuing drama, the first three Gymkana men missed the target completely, while both Sion Jones and Alan McQuade made no mistake with their efforts.

The final act was left to Chamberlain who made a fine save down to his right and send the east Londoners into the quarter-finals.

Sporting Hackney play Sandgate in the semi-final of the Middlesex County League One cup this Saturday, at Haggerston Park.


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