Town 0 - 0 Grimsby (AET) Town win 4-2 on penalties - FA Youth Cup 1st Round. AGILE goalkeeper Jacob Giles was the hero for Town Juniors as they beat Grimsby in a gripping penalty shoot-out.
The 17-year-old from Mount not only saved two spot kicks before David Walls sealed a 4-2 shoot-out win, but he made a trio of memorable saves to keep Grimsby at bay in a goalless 120 minutes last night.
Most in a McAlpine crowd of 225 were frozen by the time the shoot-out started at 9.29pm, after Town had dominated from John Dungworth's half-time team talk onwards.
Matthew Young - who went as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock with a series of shots in normal time - confidently slammed Town into the lead in a shoot-out which Academy director Gerry Murphy couldn't bear to watch.
Giles then saved from Grimsby's best player, Joe Lightowler, and from substitute Steve Cooper after Michael Collins had clipped the outside of a post for Town.
He should not reproach himself for the miss, however, because Collins was the best player on the pitch.
Full-back Chris Evans drilled in a low left-footer to put Town 2-0 ahead and, while Nick Hegarty put plucky Grimsby on the scoresheet for the first time, Mark Sheridan quickly restored the two-goal advantage.
Richard Forest then kept Grimsby in the hunt, but 16-year-old Walls made no mistake with the decisive kick, five minutes and 53 seconds after the shoot-out started, and rifled Town into a second-round home tie against Thackley before being mobbed by his delighted teammates.
Giles, too, deserved the plaudits because he sneakily had a word with all the Grimsby penalty takers as they strode into the box, psyching them out in a style which would have made Peter Schmeichel proud.
Had Town started the night as well as they finished it, they would not have needed extra-time, let alone penalties.
They were strangely off colour in the first 45 minutes, and Giles had to make an excellent early block from the impressive Lightowler, who then flashed two shots inches wide.
With Collins providing the driving force for Town and 15-year-old Tom Clarke looking solid at the back, they improved immensely after the break and took control with Young firing in two shots which were well saved.
He then wriggled clear for a brilliant low drive which was tipped around his right-hand post by Oliver Richardson.
James Hand, on his 17th birthday, caused plenty of problems for the visitors' defence and he was unlucky not to score in the final minute when his goalbound shot was blocked.
In extra time, substitute Sheridan twice went close as manager Peter Jackson watched from the tunnel, while Joe Shaw's low drive had the goalkeeper scrambling across his line.
In the end, Town confidently saw the job through on penalties and they'll aim to make a more straightforward job against Thackley.
Town: Giles, Walls, Evans, Collins, Hardy, Clarke, Caulfield (Sheridan, 91mins), Young, Huxall (Highley 106mins), Shaw, Hand. Subs not used: Eastwood (gkp), Kerridge, Racchi.