Sporting Khalsa vs Rushall Olympic

Walsall Senior Cup Quarter Final

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Sporting Khalsa


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Rushall Olympic


12th February 2019 | 7:45 pm
The Guardian Warehousing Arena


Shawn Boothe – first goal of the season with a fine header

(Khalsa win 4-3 on penalties)

Khalsa are into the semi-finals of the Walsall Senior Cup after reversing a trend of three penalty defeats to overcome illustrious rivals Rushall in a shootout.

And it was Sam Arnold, diving to stop Daniel O’Callaghan’s penalty, who was the hero after Khalsa had an unblemished record with their kicks.

Despite their opponents being two leagues higher in the non-league pyramid, Khalsa were decent value for the 1-1 scoreline over 90 minutes. After some lively exchanges around the middle of the park, the first chance fell for Rushall on 20 minutes, non-league stalward Asa Charlton heading wide from Lee Smith’s long throw, a weapon which caused problems all night.

Four minutes later, Khalsa took the lead. A Rico Taylor corner found the head of Shawn Boothe at the far post and his looping header found the opposite corner to give the home side an unlikely lead.

Boothe was in action again, 12 minutes later, producing a brilliant last-gasp tackle to deny Josh Hawker who was through and about to pull the trigger.

A first half which was relatively quiet apart from the goal gave way to a much more lively second half.

Taylor shot just wide within seconds of the restart after a winding run and then less than a minute later Adam Page pulled a shot just wide at the other end after rampaging down the right flank.

On 51 minutes, Rushall equalised, a brilliant free kick by Tyler Lyttle hit the crossbar and bounced out, the linesman making a great call to give the goal as the ball cleared the goal line.

Khalsa adapted well to the setback. Mensah Kinch crossed for Dan Westwood on 56 minutes but the striker was unable to connect properly with a tempting centre.

On 67 minutes, Josh Hawker hit the woodwork for Rushall with an absolute rocket from about 16 yards, this time the ball bouncing to safety, to the relief of the home side.

Eight minutes later and more relief as Lyttle’s free kick found Orrin Pendley unmarked but his header was chalked off for offside. Less than a minute later and the home side were on the end of an offside ruling, Westwood’s goal ruled out.

The match reached penalties and Khalsa’s awful record in shootouts – against Chasetown, Market Drayton and Coleshill in recent years – might have been weighing on a few minds.

But Simeon Maye’s miss with the second kick was decisive as Sean Williams, Dave Meese, Liam Armstrong and Jay Holdcroft all scored before Arnold stopped O’Callaghan’s spot kick to give Khalsa the win.

Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Sean Williams, Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Alex Perry (Liam Armstrong), Dave Meese, Rico Taylor, Josh Thomas, Mensah Kinch (Jay Holdcroft), Dan Westwood. Subs not used: Garfield Robinson, Adam Osbourne, Leon Miles.

First team results 2018-19