Oldham 2-2 Preston North End (9-10 on penalties)
Oldham's Johnstone's Paint Trophy challenge is over after a dramatic penalty shout out defeat to league 1 rivals Preston North End on Tuesday night.
Oldham came back from a goal down to lead two-one but a late equaliser meant that the game ended in a 2-2 draw so a penalty shootout would determine who advanced into the semi finals of the northern section of the JPT at Boundary Park.
Eventually this was Preston, who won 10-9 on penalties....
A good old fashioned cup-tie, which both sides wanted, saw Preston take the lead just past the half hour mark when Tom Clarke crossed to Scott Laird (32) who finished with a diving header to send the visitors into a one-nil half time lead.
Lee Johnson made a triple change at half time and our response was instant with one of the subs Jonathan Forte picking out Dominic Poleon (46) who made no mistake.
Preston almost took the lead again when veteran Kevin Davies headed against a post before we went ahead with the hour approaching with Forte again providing the assist to set up Danny Philliskirk (59) who fire into the corner.
Neil Etheridge made a great save to deny Jermaine Beckford an equaliser but our 'keeper couldn't to anything to prevent Preston's equaliser with 10-minutes to go. He had saved Paul Huntington effort but Tom Clarke (80) followed up to make it two-two and a penalty shootout was required.
A monumental shootout saw all 22 players take a spot kick with the final two falling to the 'keepers, unfortunately for Etheridge he put his effort over the bar whereas Preston 'keeper Thorsten Stuckmann kept his cool to send our rivals through ten-nine of penalties.
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