Northampton Town have begun their entry to the Leasing.com Trophy with a penalty shoot-out win over the Arsenal U21 team.
The Cobblers won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw against the 10 man Gunners outfit in normal time at the PTS Academy Stadium.
The crucial penalty ended up being Arsenal’s first, as Trae Coyle had his spot-kick saved by new Cobblers goalkeeper Andrew Fisher. Both sides missed their final spot-kicks, allowing Northampton to pick up the available second point.
In normal time, Arsenal’s Tobi Omole was sent off for two-bookings, before they scored through James Olyainka.
Northampton equalised within a few minutes of falling behind through Sam Hoskins.
The Arsenal team were reduced to 10 men during the second half of proceedings when Omole was dismissed after a foul on Hoskins induced a second yellow.
But Northampton couldn’t take advantage of their one man advantage, as Arsenal struck first. The Gunners side took the lead when Olayinka side-footed home from close range.
The Cobblers equalised within a few minutes, when Hoskins volleyed the ball into the back of the net.
With no winner to be found in the 90 minutes, that lead to a shoot-out, with Northampton immediately taking an advantage when Coyle had his kick saved.
After all penalties had been scored, Charlie Goode had his kicked saved, but Arsenal’s chance to force sudden death came and went when Emile Smith-Rowe missed his kick.