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Perfect Way To End - Isted

Harry Isted

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15:00 27th April 2017

Shot-stopper delighted with cup final victory..

GOALKEEPER Harry Isted says Wednesday’s Staffordshire Senior Cup Final victory over Chasetown was the perfect way to end the Under-23s’ 2016/17 campaign.

Glyn Hodges’ side completed their league season last weekend before they headed to Vale Park yesterday evening where they claimed the Club’s 14th triumph in the local senior cup competition.

The Potters had been the better side for long periods in Burslem, however the game ultimately required a penalty shootout to decide the winners following a late equaliser by City defender Harry Souttar.

Isted himself played a key role in the victory, saving two of the Scholars’ spot-kicks, and the former Southampton shot-stopper expressed his pleasure in helping the side lift the trophy.

“It feels amazing,” the young keeper beamed, “and a good way for us to finish the season.

“I thought we dominated the game for long periods but they managed to score early on and lead for pretty much 90 minutes.

“I always felt we would score though because we created plenty of opportunities – in the first half alone we hit the post twice, including the one from Danny Jarvis which was a decent strike to be fair.

“We just needed to be patient and keep moving the ball around because that’s when we look at our most dangerous and most likely to score, which thankfully we did in the end.”

He added: “Every goalkeeper loves a penalty shootout because you can only really gain from it to be honest.

“I expected to at least to save one of their penalties so to save two is a bonus and a great way to end the season.”

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