Joyce sees red as Puritans go out of the cup

Louis Joyce saw red as Banbury United exited the Birmingham Senior Cup
Louis Joyce saw red as Banbury United exited the Birmingham Senior Cup

Banbury United’s hopes of pulling a big club in the Birmingham Senior Cup disappeared on Tuesday when they lost at Lye Town in their second round tie.

A much changed United side exited at the Midland League premier division outfit, going down 4-1 in the penalty shoot-out after the tie had finished 1-1 with the visitors again reduced to ten men following the first half dismissal of Louis Joyce.

Lye had the better of the opening stages but United took the lead in the 21st minute when good build-up play involving Nicholas Kalakoutis and Darius Browne ended with Joyce crossing for Leam Howards to score from six yards.

After taking the lead United looked comfortable and they went close to doubling their advantage on the half-hour mark when Browne went on a mazy run into the area before shooting just over the bar.

United received a setback in the 38th minute when the assistant flagged the referee over and he showed a straight red card to Joyce for an-off-the ball incident.

After the restart, Lye got on top but United should have increase their lead when Howards was put through but, with just keeper Curtis Pond to beat, he blasted the ball well over the bar.

Lye equalised in the 68th minute when the ball bounced around the area and, with the United defence unable to clear, Alex Dallison beat Jack Harding. United still looked dangerous on the break and in the closing stages Kalakoutis shot over from ten yards before he was denied in the final minute by Pond.

Into the penalty shoot-out and Sam Beasley, Dallison, Adam Meacham scored for Lye, Jon Steedman converted his spot-kick in between Charlie Wise and Ollie Stanbridge missing for United, leaving Simon Williams to put the hosts through.