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Danny Setchell earns spot-kicks with virtually the last action of the game, a free-kick

By Fenland Citizen Reporter

Wisbech Town FC went out of the Cambs Invitation Cup (CIC) Semi-Final last night (Tuesday) to holders Ely City on penalties.

The cathedral city side opened the scoring after slightly more than 60 seconds. The Fenmen failed to clear their lines from a throw-in, and the loose ball went to Josh Lowe who netted past James Connell from six yards.

Wisbech had plenty of first-half chances to get back in the game. Ely stopper Harry Reynolds was almost caught out by a Ryan Harnwell volley but made a last-gasp save; and the 'keeper also denied Alex Beck.

Wisbech v Spalding Football action..Danny Setchell goal. (3814734)
Wisbech v Spalding Football action..Danny Setchell goal. (3814734)

Eoin McQuaid curled wide while Sam Murphy volleyed just short of the target.

In the second half Beck missed a close-range chance. Manager Gary Setchell rang the changes on 65 minutes, Michael Frew and Toby Hilliard coming on for Layton Maddison and Beck.

Ely continued to defend for their lives. Frew with 15 minutes to go struck the crossbar, and the fenmen looked liekly to go out.

But with virtually the last kick of the game dead ball specialist Danny Setchell sent a free-kick into the bottom-left corner, in stoppage time.

The game progressed to spot-kicks which Ely won 3-1.

Wisbech took the penalties first. McQuaid was denied by Reynolds while Hilliard's effort was also saved by Reynolds to his left.

Danny Setchell scored for Wisbech to make it 1–1; but Adam Millson hit the bar, at 2-1 to Ely.

Daniel Jeffrey stepped up for Ely, and found the top-left corner 3-1 to set up a date with Histon, who beat Soham Town Rangers in the other semi, in the final on April 10 at the Cambridge Abbey Stadium. This is a third successive final for Ely.


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