Wilderpark are through to the semi-finals of the Smiths Senior Cup but not before a spirited and at times disciplined performance by Platt United Res.
In the 83rd minute a penalty by Joe McLoughlin after Neil Cutts had been brought down inside the area finally decided the tie. The match was switched to Raleys Field after the Stonehouse Field pitch had been declared unfit for play on Friday.
The Park welcomed back Danny Brazenell after injury and with a full squad available were favourites to win the tie after a comprehensive League victory a few weeks ago but they did not count upon a resolute Platt performance.
With goal keeper Danny Ralph making several first half saves to thwart the Park coupled with several near misses Platt kept in the tie although rarely testing Christian Esposito. Mark Taylor started on the right flank but his defending and overall link play in a central position was sadly missed with James Hagon struggling to get back in the hole in front of the back four.
The Platt centre forward gave Dave Hobby a tough time both in the air, where the central defender is so often commanding and on the ground with good close ball control. But he had few openings to test the keeper.
The Park should have gone ahead early in the second half when good build-up play down the left flank found Taylor who from close range smashed his shot well wide of the target. Soon afterwards substitute Alex David got on the end of a free kick and watched anxiously as his flick shot went wide of the upright.
With extra time beckoning and with Platt rarely putting pressure on the home defence Cutts overlapped down the left flank only to be brought down inside the penalty area. Predictably, McLoughlin made no mistake with his spot kick.
Wilderpark now face a home semi-final tie against either last season’s runners up Nomads or Kingsdown Racers.
Wilderpark Reserves match versus St Lawrence Reserves was postponed to allow the above tie to be played at Raleys.