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There was heartbreak for the Yachtsmen at the weekend after being dumped out of the FA Vase in the first round proper by Hellenic League Longlevens in the final minutes of extra time.

Longlevens started brightly with Watts forcing a great save from Cowes keeper Ed Hatt with a driven effort from 25 yards. Further first-half efforts from the hosts saw Martin shooting wide at
the near post and Watts skipping past Callum Chase to fire across the face of the goal. The Yachtsmen had opportunities of their own. First, Jez Conway fired over from 18 yards. Then, captain Gareth Bricknell rattled the Longlevens woodwork with a scorcher from 25 yards.

After this, it was Jimmy Wykes’ turn to test the Longlevens defence, shooting just over the bar in the 35th minute, before forcing a double save from the hosts’ keeper, Ash Wintle, just before

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HT Longlevens AFC 0-0 Cowes Sports

The second half saw the Yachtsmen taking the game to the Gloucester side, with Fin Phillips seeing more of the ball in the middle and controlling the game, but the Island side lacked the finishing touch to put paid to their Hellenic League rivals. Michael McEnery had the best chance to break the Longlevens defence, but saw his low shot palmed round the post. Jimmy Wykes also saw an effort go narrowly over the bar.

The home side had a strong penalty appeal when Ryan Dunn went down in the box, but even though the Longlevens fans and bench went up for a penalty, the officials dismissed the appeals. Josh Watts had a golden chance to win the game hosts in the 90 minutes, when Shaun O’Connor’s cross fell to him on the turn, but he could only hook the ball over from just outside the six yard box.

FT: Longlevens AFC 0-0 Cowes Sports

Longlevens continued on the front foot in extra time and appeared very threatening, but failed to score until the final seconds of the game. With penalties imminent, Harry Emmett shot from the
edge of the area, to force another great save from Ed Hatt in the Cowes goal. Then, substitute James Barnett had a glorious opportunity for the hosts but could only head the ball over from six
yards. With less than two minutes left on the clock, Emmett curled in a beautiful cross for the home side for Tommy Callinan to bundle home, resulting in joyous scenes for the hosts and heartbreak for the Yachtsmen.

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Final score: Longlevens 1-0 Cowes Sports (after extra time)

Cowes Sports: Hatt, C White, Sexton, Cranwell, Chase, Perrin, Phillips, Bricknell, Mcerney, Conway, Wykes
Subs: A White, McFarlane, J White, McCormack


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