Rovers pay the penalty in extra-time defeat

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HEMEL Rovers were cruelly denied a place in the final of the Watford Peace Shield after a controversial extra-time defeat to Park Street.

A Paul Hanafan header gave Rovers a second half lead, but Park Street hit back through a corner.

Then in extra-time, the visitors were awarded a penalty for handball – from which they scored – although the ball appeared to have been outside the box at the time of contact.

Park Street rode their luck as the game wound to its conclusion, and held on to secure their place in the final.

Elsewhere, in the league, Premier Division sides Tring Athletic A and Kings Sports shared a 0-0 stalemate while Hemel Rovers Reserves went down 2-1 to Philippine United despite a Dean Smith penalty.

Bovingdon also lost by the odd goal as they were defeated 4-3 by Division One table-toppers AFC Storm.

Hemel Sharpshooters gained a point, with two Warren Davies goals securing a 2-2 draw with Oxhey Jets B, while strikes from Phil Monaghan and Martin Travers saw Tring Athletic B beat Rickmansworth St George 2-1 in Division Two.

Meanwhile, a scoreless draw between Potten End and Hunton Bridge saw the former regain top spot in Division Three.

> Pic - Action from Hemel Rovers’ defeat to Park Street. Picture courtesy of Jim Garnett.