Rovers goalkeeper Joshua Hill favours his left shoulder after saving a penalty as a blue wave approaches him for a champagne finish at Park Island, Napier, today. Photo / Paul Taylor
Only hardy souls would have given Napier City Rovers a fleeting chance to progress to the Chatham Cup semifinals in Napier today.
But the Thirsty Whale-sponsored Blues defied gargantuan odds to come from 2-0 down in the last 10 minutes of the game — including added time — to take it into extra time and a penalty shootout to end Albany United's fairy-tale run in the national knockout competition.
The surprise elements had kicked in well before referee Mark Rule had blown the whistle to start a game that had ended with the Blues winning 4-3 in the shootout after the sides were locked 2-all after 30 minutes of extra time.
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