Oxhey Jets 2-2 Kingstonian
The magic of the FA Cup, eh? We go again on Wednesday night.
Kingstonian knew that today's Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie away to Oxhey Jets would be a difficult one, and so it proved as a late penalty gave the home side a replay.
After a first half in which nothing much happened of any note, Kingstonian took the lead in the 46th minute when a nice run darting in from the right wing from Rhys Murrell-Williamson ended in him shooting at the near post, the ball evading Jets keeper Rob Partington and nestling into the net.
Any thoughts that K's would ease into the next round after this sudden start to the second half were comprehensively dashed when Lewis Putnam's outstanding header hit the back of the net in the 50th minute.
Kingstonian would take the lead for the second time in the 65th minute when Fabio Saraiva hit a fine cross from the left, which was converted by the on-rushing Murrell-Williamson.
Then came the penalty kick in the 74th minute when Declan Skura looked to have been fouled just inside his own area, but the referee saw it very differently and pointed to the spot. An unseemly stramash after the awarding of the kick caused four K's yellow cards and one for Oxhey and a delay of five minutes. The delay did not affect Lewis Putman, who sent Rob Tolfrey the wrong way.
K's felt very aggrieved at the penalty award and went in search of a winner, firstly there was a big shout for a penalty for an apparent foul on Elliott Buchanan which was ignored, then K's thought they had scored when Declan Skura's close-range effort was scrambled away with claims for the goal being waved away.
Perhaps K's will point at some late decisions not going their way, perhaps it could be argued just as easily that K's did not hit the form of some earlier games this season, bottom line is that neither team exited the FA Cup this afternoon and both teams will go once again, this time at King George's Field this Wednesday night at 7.45pm.