UTTOXETER Dominoes are celebrating winning through to their first ever semi-final after edging past Division Two league leaders Fulford & Tean.
Adam Prime cancelled out Steve Whitehall’s first-half opener. But Tom Magness struck with just seconds remaining to send Doms through to the last four of the Division Two Cup.
Doms boss Martin Banton said: “Today (Sunday) was a massive step in the right direction in the short history of the club, and is the proudest moment of my managerial career so far.
“To think that only 12 months ago I had the idea to start up an alternative option for players in this town to represent Uttoxeter in a change of format and identity.
“We play every cup game like it’s a final, as we have never been here before together and we know what it means to us to be a winner.
“It is becoming a nice habit for this club to win games in the league and cup.
“We have brains at the club and a first class passion to be the best.
“The lads currently at this club do themselves and the management team proud each time they pull on that shirt.
“Everybody is a part of this community club – and that includes those who turn out to watch us week on week.”
The game started brightly for the Doms. On five minutes Whitehall picked the ball up on the edge of the box and finished clinically past the on-rushing Tean keeper.
The game then became a test of spirit and commitment for the Doms, with battles all over the pitch against the league leaders who battled resiliently for the remaining minutes of the first half.
The Doms came off at half time fairly comfortable in the knowledge of their slender lead.
But the second half proved a midfield battle with Doms’ midfield pairing of Craig Campion and Wayne Tostevin showing guts and determination.
It was a tense affair with the Tean side restoring parity in the 85th minute following a goalmouth scramble.
And to the hosts’ disappointment the ball was smashed into the back of the net by Prime.
With extra-time looming the Doms kicked off and piled on the pressure for the last five minutes.
And in the dying moments man-of-the-match Magness struck what proved to the winner – with just 30 seconds of the game remaining after the restart.