Veteran Whyley (47) is the hero of epic cup-tie

VETERAN John Whyley was the penalty shootout hero
VETERAN John Whyley was the penalty shootout hero

It took a 47-year-old veteran to finally settle an epic Notts Sunday Morning League, Senior Section Cup tie involving Hucknall side, AFC DOWHAN.

Dowhan held their top-of-the-table divisional rivals Major Oak to a goalless draw over 120 minutes -- even though they had lost to them 4-1 and 5-0 in league games earlier in the season.

It meant the tie went to a penalty shootout -- and the evergreen John Whyley emerged as Dowhan’s unlikely hero by calmly slotting home the winning spot-kick to send his team’s fans into raptures. Jonny Bernard, Luke Parkin and Jake Rodgers had also converted their spot-kicks.

Whyley had gone on as a substitute and played the best part of 90 minutes at right-back as the locals frustrated Major Oak and also created chances of their own.

Dowhan were named after tragic car-crash victim, Craig Dowhan. His best friend, the team’s manager Paul Prewett, said: “These are the type of games that Sunday teams thrive on. Craig’s dad, Chris, thanked all the players at the end of the fantastic match.”