October 9, 2012
Final score - after penalties
Vale triumph in shoot-out drama
Port Vale won a dramatic penalty shoot-out 6-5 to knock Walsall out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after the two teams drew 2-2 in normal time at the Banks's Stadium.
Vale's hero was goalkeeper Sam Johnson, making his debut, as he scored the final penalty against opposite number Karl Darlow, who had seen his penalty saved, in a mammoth shoot-out which contained a full total of 22 spot-kicks.
Walsall took the lead in the 25th minute when Richard Duffy handled the ball trying to stop Florent Cuvelier's dart into the box, and Cuvelier - on loan from Stoke - drove home the resulting penalty.
It looked all over when Will Grigg added a second for the Saddlers two minutes into the second half, setting up a commanding lead.
But just two minutes later Ryan Burge reduced the arrears for Vale before top scorer Tom Pope equalised with his 12th goal of the season after 61 minutes to force the penalty shoot-out drama, with Vale booking their place in the northern section quarter-finals.
|27 Karl Darlow||12 Sam Johnson.|
|4 Andy Butler||24 Richard Duffy|
|26 Andy Taylor||2 Adam Yates|
|2 Richard Taundry||5 John McCombe|
|22 Paul Downing||15 Chris Shuker|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||3 Robert Taylor|
|8 Florent Cuvelier||23 Ryan Burge|
|24 James Baxendale||10 Ashley Vincent|
|10 Jamie Paterson||11 Tom Pope|
|9 William Grigg||19 Ben Williamson|
|1 David Grof||Gareth Owen 6|
|14 Ben Purkiss||Joe Davis 17|
|16 Jake Jones||Kingsley James 21|
|12 Febian Brandy||Ryan Lloyd 22|
|17 George Bowerman||Louis Dodds 8|
|Febian Brandy for Ashley Hemmings (77)||Ryan Lloyd for Ashley Vincent (64)|
|Jake Jones for James Baxendale (78)||Joe Davis for Richard Duffy (77)|
|George Bowerman for William Grigg (85)||Louis Dodds for Ben Williamson (82)|
|Richard Taundry (69)||Richard Duffy (24)|
|Ashley Vincent (26)|
|Ryan Burge (73)|
|· Rosters: Walsall | Port Vale|