Shane Redmond emerged with heroic status last night as a man of the match performance from the Irish Gloves-Man included a vital save in the penalty shootout, with Stags eventually overcoming minnowers Slough 4-1 in the great football lottery.
The Stags enjoyed an excellent first half and should have been at least three up, Nick Wright denied what looked a blatant penalty on 22 at first view before James Warrington kept out two excellent efforts from Louis Briscoe in as many minutes. Stags needed a helping hand from the livley hosts, Dave Woosley credited with the final touch on the stroke of half time as he diverted Lee Beevers' cross into his own net under immense pressure from the dominant Geohaghon, the centre half beaten narrowly to the Man Of the Match award.
Slough upped there game in the second half whilst Mansfield emerged a shadow of their dominant first half selves, Louis Briscoe was one of many to distribute poorly throughout the second half. The hosts leveled on 65 minutes when Stuart Swift sent a thunderous free kick crashing against the bar, Mansfield failed to react at Nathan Bowden-Hasse nodded home to the delight of the home support.
Danny Burnell should have put Slough ahead minutes later as Stags fell to peices, however late on improved and saw Substitute Jake Speight go close twice before the match headed into extra time.
Both tired and created little in the first 15 minutes, the second was a very headed different story - Geohaghon and Bowden-Hasse both getting booked for flailing arms on 109 before premier league referee Andy D'Urso remarkable showed Stags skipper John Dempster a straight red card three minutes later. Dempster grabbing hold of a private area after taking a clear on the DVD elbow to the face which went unpunished.
With ten men Mansfield hung on and shootout was needed, Exodus Geohaghon winning the toss for Mansfield who succsesfully converted all four of their spot kicks via the boot of Clements, Briscoe, Rhead and Speight - the later netting the winning penalty. Slough had less luck, netting their first before Shane Redmond expertly turned away a well hit spot kick from Ollie Burgess - Sean Sonner blazed over the Rebels third making it fairly easy for Speight to finish the job from 12 yards.
Both myself and fellow broadcasters all suffered internet failure in extra time and for penalty's - myself and Martin Shaw have audio recorded bar the majority of the first half of extra time, highlights of which you can now see below.
The match was also filmed and highlights will be available soon. We appologise for any inconveinace caused.
Extra Time Highlights (Commentary From Craig Priest & Martin Shaw)
On this page you can find a mini-report plus downloadable audio highlights after each home match, plus team & stat sheets and occasional extended or full audio