United Go Down to Guernsey in 6-5 thriller

RRye United’s glorious run in the FA Carlsberg Vase came to an end in one of the most exciting Vase matches ever witnessed. The match, which took place on a rain sodden Salts resulted in a see-saw battle that ended in extra time with Guernsey FC beating Rye by the odd goal in eleven.

Rye went 2-0 up before Guernsey got one back with a penalty. Guernsey then equalised before half-time with a good finish and took the lead just after half time Rye levelled things to take the game into extra time.

United took the lead again early in the first period of extra time and things were going well for the home side until Guernsey’s Heaume scored a fine strike in stoppage time in the first period.

Rye again looked like they would win it when they went 5-4 up. But the Green Lions of Guernsey came back though, through substitute Nigel Hutton. and the remarkable win was secured when Guernsey hero Dave Rihoy scored to take the game 6-5. The game was watched by a big crowd of 300.

Guernsey F C will now face either Ely City or Spalding United in the 5th round. United can be mighty proud of their efforts and will no doubt be on the ‘Wembley trail’ again next season.

“Rye’s Own” February 2013

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