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Non-league cup game equals record for the longest penalty shootout in English football

A non-league cup game has equalled the record for the longest penalty shootout in English football.

The tie was between Taunton Town and Truro City which played out to a 2-2 draw in the Southern League Challenge Cup second round, though it took 34 spot kicks to decide the winner.

 

It matched the record set in an EFL Trophy match between Chelsea under 23 and Oxford United back in 2016.

Taunton ended up coming out victorious in the shootout, winning 12-11, and they certainly went viral after updating fans on Twitter.

It was 3-3 after the first five penalties, though both sides then scored their five penalties each in sudden death.

The pair missed their 11th penalty and scored from the next three before losing touch.

Kicks 15 and 16 were missed and Truro’s Austen Booth couldn’t find the back of the net for the 17th, it was all down to Rice who managed to do so and end what turned out to be a longer night than expected.

Taunton chairman and head groundsman Kevin Sturmey, told BBC Somerset: “Thirty-four minutes, 34 penalties and then I had to rebuild the penalty spot afterwards. It was mad.

“We had two opportunities to win it on penalties 32 and 33 and missed them both; one would have been signalled a wide in cricket.”

Wondering what that world record is?

In 2005, KK Palace took on Civics in the Namibian Cup, but it had to go to 48 spot-kicks, with Palace winning 17-16 after a 2-2 draw.

Taunton are without a match after they got knocked out of the FA Trophy. Their next fixture is a friendly against Bideford on Tuesday.

Sturmey added: “There’s definitely not going to be a penalty shootout.”

 

Fans were left shocked after finding out how many spot kicks were taken between Taunton Town and Truro City – see what they said on the next page.

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