It took two replays, with two last gasp equalisers, but Lewis Frampton eventually saw off St Mirren last night in the First Round of the FIFA 20 Ultimate QuaranTeam Cup, winning the final game 6-2 to set up a Second Round tie at home to Finn Harps.
After the game, Lewis, playing on behalf of Brentford in this online tournament, admitted pre-match nerves played a part as Ollie Watkins was required to net an 84th minute equaliser to avoid a first hurdle defeat. With any drawn games going to an immediate replay, Lewis and his opponent from north of the border, Saints midfielder Kyle McAllister, were straight back in action.
The second game looked a lost cause at the break as Saints led 3-1, David Raya stopping further damage with a penalty save late on in the first-half. However, Josh Dasilva pulled one back just after the restart with Emiliano Marcondes, who had given us an early lead during the game, making it 3-3 late on. That wasn't the end of the drama though with The Baggies re-taking the lead only for Dasilva to slam home his second deep into injury-time.
Conceding so late clearly had an effect on Saint Mirren as Lewis raced into a 4-0 lead in game three; Bryan Mbeumo, Mathias Jensen, Dasilva, and Ollie Watkins with the goals. Saints scored twice either side of a Christian Norgaard goal to make it 5-2 late on with Tariqe Fosu putting the icing on the cake in injury-time.
Nearly 2,000 supporters tuned in last night to watch the games online and Lewis will be hoping for similar support tomorrow, Wednesday, night when he faces the League of Ireland side in the last 64. The Harps swept past Oldham Athletic 6-1 in their opening match on Monday.
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