Carramar booked their place in the Belt Up Amateur Cup quarter-finals after defeating North Beach on penalties following an incredible 5-5 draw after extra-time.
The rain stayed away but the goals flowed at Charles Riley Reserve. North Beach showed tremendous spirit to fight back from two goals down twice – they were trailing 2-0 at half time and 5-3 halfway through extra-time, with Carramar’s Jamie Gibson helping himself to a hat-trick.
It was a scrappy start to the match as the two Belt Up Amateur Division Two teams afforded each other neither space nor time on the ball. But after 39 minutes Kieran Harrison found himself in the right place at the right time after North Beach keeper Rob Edwards couldn’t clear a cross and it rebounded off the chest of the Carramar man and into the back of the net.
Carramar doubled their lead six minutes later when Gibson blasted home a Josh Justice cross from close range to leave Carramar feeling comfortable at the break.
But North Beach were not giving up that easily and pulled one back in the 76th minute when James Dicarlo placed a low shot past Carramar keeper Matt Evans.
And they equalised five minutes later when Ben Reynolds got the final touch in a scramble to get the ball over the line following a corner.
The turnaround was seemingly complete after 85 minutes when Dan Wentworth was allowed in behind the Carramar defence despite a raised flag from the assistant referee and he rounded keeper Evans to finish.
But just as North Beach were closing in on an amazing comeback victory, Carramar dug deep and were rewarded in the 90th minute when a William Dalzell free-kick somehow found its way through a crowded box and into the back of the net to send this cup tie into extra-time.
Gibson then took control in the first period of extra time as he made the most of some poor keeping from Edwards to score twice .
But North Beach would not lie down and two good finishes from Reynolds and Seb Brekke levelled the game up at 5-5 and ensured penalties would be the deciding factor.
Carramar keeper Evans was the hero in the shootout as he saved the first two North Beach penalties from Luke Aitken and Brekke, which allowed Gary James to slot home the winning penalty in a 4-3 penalty triumph.
Star players: Jamie Gibson and Matt Evans (Carramar)
North Beach 5 (Dicarlo 76min, Reynolds 81 111, Wentworth 85, Brekke 118) Carramar 5 (Harrison 39, Gibson 45 93 101, Dalzell 90) Carramar win 4-3 on penalties After extra time; 3-3 at 90 minutes
Charles Riley Reserve Sunday, June 30 Kick-off: 2.15pm Referee: A Ferreira Assistant referees: S Phiri, D Brown
North Beach: 1. Rob Edwards, 2. Dave Kelliher, 4. Dan Wentworth, 5. Lee Williams, 3. Jacob Feasteno, 8. Don Rheeders, 6. Chris Judge, 11. Ross Westwood (13. Kane Graves 80), 7. Luke Aitken, 9. Seb Brekke (15. James Dicarlo 54), 10. Ben Reynolds Substitutes not used: RGK. Mike Kenny, 12. Stephen Critchley, 31. Darrell Gibney Yellow cards: Reynolds 53, Wentworth 82 Red cards: Nil
Carramar: 1. Matt Evans, 2. William Dalzell, 6. Graham Doran, 5. Matt Thomas (16. Lee Blackwell 88), 15. Gary James, 17. Lucas Reid, 10. Harley Curran, 4. Kieran Harrison (11. Ryan Davitt 50), 3. Wayne Guest, 9. Jamie Gibson, 13. Josh Justice (8. Cole Jones 70) Substitutes not used: 1. James Mace Yellow cards: Curran 13, Gibson 27, Doran 37, Jones 98 Red cards: Nil