Drama ruled in the last few minutes at the JMO Sports Park on Saturday, with two promotion chasing teams going neck to neck for the whole game, Skelmersdale took a 2-1 lead with a twice taken penalty before Wythenshawe levelled deep into added time with another penalty.
With their first threatening attack Wythenshawe took the lead on 14 minutes. A ball low into the goalmouth saw Brad Byrne run in at pace and swept the ball into the home. Skelmersdale didn’t waste time responding, Adegbenro ran in behind the Wythenshawe back line beating the offside trap, swivelled and hit a low shot into the far corner to equalise on 16 minutes.
The rest of the first-half saw Skelmersdale probably having marginally more of the possession and creating more of the action in the penalty areas, but Wythenshawe having arguably the best chance.
The second-half was not as expansive, In the 75th minute the first drama arrived, Byrne crossed from the right and the Skem defence cleared the ball, only to see a raised assistant’s flag, after a discussion with the referee a penalty was given. There had been no appeal or shout from Wythenshawe and no one could actually definitively work out why it was given. As it was Byrne put the penalty kick wide of goalkeeper Ben Barnes right hand post.
The real drama came on 88 minutes. Richard Brodie played a wonderful through ball that split the Wythenshawe defence, however Dean Smalley rushed in with a last ditch challenge on Howard, it was an absolutely nailed on penalty.
Dean Smalley was administered a red card and Brodie lined up the spot kick, keeper Bacon dived to his right and saved, but the other assistant not wanting to outdone by his counterpart on the opposite side raised his flag and the penalty was retaken, Brodie made no mistake with his second attempt, 2-1 to Skem.
It looked like Skem were going to win, but Wythenshawe had other ideas. With four minutes of added time gone, Wythenshawe won a free kick 35 yards from goal and the ball was lifted into home 18 yard box, Jan Palinkas went down and again the assistant raised his flag, a penalty was awarded, up stepped Byrne and this time he found the net to make it 2-2 with hardly time left to kick-off.
United line up: Barnes, Davies, Courtney, Herbert, Grogan, Strickland, Morris, Djalo, Adegbenro, Croughan, Howard Subs Mitchley, Webster, Servuts, Brodie