World record penalty shootout ends 25-24 in England


English 10th Division clubs Washington and Bedlington would have made history on Wednesday night with a record penalty shootout.

Spot kicks were needed after the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup first round tie ended 3-3 at the Ford Quarry Football Hub in Sunderland.

Washington prevailed, but only after a marathon shootout that saw 54 shots on goal and 49 scored, the hosts’ 25-24 success setting a new world record.

Guinness World Records previously listed the longest shootout with 48 attempts in a 2005 Namibian Cup clash between KK Palace and Civics, which ended 17-16 against the former.

The previous British record only came last October when Old Wulfrunians beat Lane Head 19-18 after 44 attempts in a JW Hunt Cup tie.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher scored the winning kick for Liverpool in their 11-10 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last month.

Washington and Bedlington play in the Northern League Second Division, the 10th level of the English football pyramid.

Bradley Chisholm opened the scoring for the home side and added another before the break, but Bedlington fired back in the minutes before and after half-time.

Austin Barbour hit a brace, sandwiched between Hener Mateus’ efforts, to put the visitors in control, but a time-out penalty from Chisholm completed his hat-trick and ensured the scores were level at the end of 90 minutes.

And the night was far from over as an official crowd of 40 then witnessed a piece of history.


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