FA Cup victory was just a crazy match - Borough keeper Carey

Lewis Carey
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Shootout hero Lewis Carey said Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay at Enfield was the most surreal game of his career.

The Borough stopper saved two penalties before stepping up to score the decisive spot kick to send his side into the next round.

The game finished 3-3 after 90 minutes and, after both sides scored in extra time, only the penalty spot could separate them.

“I’ve never been part of a game like that, it was a mad 120 minutes,” he said.

“I had a bit of a bad first half but I suppose you could call it the magic of the FA Cup and it was a crazy second half.

“I was buzzing when it went to penalties because I’d always back myself to save a couple and score one as well.”

Carey said he had hoped to take the first one but was forced into taking the fourth.

“I like to take the first one because if I miss I can always make up for it by making a save. But Johnno (Simon Johnson) took the first and I had to settle for fourth.”

That would turn out to be the most crucial one of the shootout and, while Carey didn’t connect quite as well as he would have liked, he kept his composure to slot home like a seasoned striker.

“Everyone expected me to smack it straight down the middle but I always go for placement.

“I mis-hit it a little bit and it came off my heel but it went in and that’s the main thing.”

Carey thinks the team spirit they showed will help them as they welcome Staines to Priory Lane on Saturday.

Asked whether or not he would step up if Borough are awarded a penalty, he added, “After Dean Sinclair missed against Wealdstone I put my name forward but it was kind of laughed off.”