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Aldershot out of play-offs after shoot-out

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Aldershot out of play-offs after shoot-out

Published at 9:59pm 2nd May 2018. (Updated at 7:22am 3rd May 2018)

Aldershot Town are out of the National League play-offs after a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Ebbsfleet United.

The match finished 1-1 after extra-time goals from Nicke Kabamba and Dave Winfield.

Having been 3-2 up in the shoot-out and with a chance to win it, the Shots hit the post twice to lose on sudden death.

It was a fast-paced opening half as both teams pursued the policy of attack being the best form of defence. It was the Shots who turned their intent into more chances, although other than a couple of scrambles in the Ebbsfleet box they struggled find the target.

Despite the openness of the match, nothing could separate the two sides at the break and having drawn 0-0 the last time they met, extra-time was already looking a realistic prospect.

Less than ten minutes into the second-half and the visitors had a penalty when Danny Kadwell was adjudged to have been fouled by Adam Reynolds in the area.

With the Shots fans fearing the worst up stepped Kedwell, Ebbsfleet’s top scorer for the season, but he was denied another goal to his tally as Ward made a strong save to keep out the lowly stuck penalty.

As the match was to enter the last half an hour there was a lengthy stoppage in play as Jim Kellermann, on as a second half substitute, went down holding his shoulder after a challenge. Unable to continue he was stretchered off and replaced by James Rowe.

Due to the stoppage from Kellermann’s injury there were nine additional minutes at the end of the second period and going into it Ebbsfleet were beginning to put pressure on the hosts, though with no decisive action.

Extra time beaconed and as the teams tired, chances became fewer and the ball stayed stuck in the midfield.

After an uneventful first half of extra time, Aldershot found a breakthrough almost immediately in the second period.

A long ball had put the Ebbsfleet defence under strain and after a couple of attempted crosses, Kabamba glanced a header to the back post and out of reach of the goalkeeper.

As time ticked away the question was could the Shots hang on to their lead? The answer was no and it was none other than former Aldershot man Winfield who headed Ebbsfleet level. Penalties were back on the agenda.

Having made saves to to put his side ahead, Lewis Ward then stepped up to take a penalty of his own in sudden death, but when his effort hit the post Fleet had a chance to win it and Jack Rance made no mistake to see the win for the visitors.

Ebbsfleet now go on to face Tranmere in the semi-final.

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