Lions go through to the U21 Challenge Cup Final!
Pagham U21's sealed their place in the Under 21's Challenge Cup Final with a dramatic 2-1 win over Shoreham.
Goals from David Crouch and Joe Kilhams were enough to send the young Lions through to the Final in a pulsating game at Nyetimber Lane.
Shoreham arrived with a strong side and in the opening exchanges, the away side were giving as good as they got.
Both sides were breaking into the opposition penalty area's regularly in an open game and inevitably on 9 minutes the deadlock was broken. Joe Kilhams corner was swung in towards the back post where Charlie Selby met the ball and powered it towards goal forcing a great save from the Shoreham 'keeper. However, the ball fell to Captain David Crouch and he made no mistake from 6 yards. 1-0 Pagham.
The goal seemed to rock Shoreham and The Lions were totally in the ascendancy.
Josh Irish and George Cody both went close to doubling Pagham's lead but found the Shoreham goalkeeper in fine form.
As the half went on, Pagham were camped inside the visitors half but weren't able to find a second goal before the break.
HT - PAGHAM 1-0 Shoreham.
The Shoreham managers half time team talk must have worked wonders as the Musslemen began to find their feet once again and it was now them creating the chances.
George Bingham and Charlie Selby were on top form and keeping Shoreham's vastly experienced former Ryman League striker quiet, until the 70th minute. A foot race between the Pagham pair and Shoreham's Tony Reid ended up with the latter through on goal and he was able to slot home past Jordan Matthews. 1-1.
Now Pagham looked to be up against it and all the momentum was with the visitors.
On 72 minutes, The Lions task was made a whole lot harder as top scorer, George Cody was sent off for a second bookable offence.
The red card seemed to spark Pagham to life once again. Crouch was sacrificed for Terrell Lewis as the shape had to change and just a minute after he was introduced, Pagham were in front. Shoreham's goalkeeper who had been excellent all night spilled a shot straight into the path of Joe Kilhams who was able to tap home from a few yards and spark wild scenes. 2-1 Pagham.
Shoreham's frustration was growing and becoming more evident and on 79 minutes, they themselves went down to 10 men after two yellow cards in quick succession.
Now 10 v 10, The Lions were able to run down the clock where they could and once again were just happy to keep the ball.
In the final minute, Shoreham were reduced to 9 men as another player picked up his second yellow card of the night.
FT - PAGHAM 2-1 Shoreham.
The Lions will now play Seaford Town in the Final on the 20th April at Steyning Town FC.