By Hannah Ingram
Goalkeeper Cameron Belford won Bury’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy penalty shootout on Tuesday night – by saving one and scoring the next.
Bury’s second round JPT home tie against Shrewsbury Town ended 0-0 after normal time, meaning the game was immediately decided by penalties.
Neither side missed any of their first five penalties, but everything changed when the competition became sudden death at 5-5.
Shrewsbury defender Daniel O’Donnell stepped up before seeing his effort saved by Belford at the right post.
After his elation, the Bury keeper volunteered to take the Shakers’ sixth spot kick, firing past goalkeeper Ben Smith to secure a 6-5 victory.
Belford volunteered to take a penalty after the end of normal time, but he was told by manager Alan Knill to concentrate on saving them.
“I didn’t pick a spot, I just thought that I would hit it as hard as I could and hope it goes in the net,” said Belford. “I gave their keeper the eyes and sent him the wrong way.”
He even joked to Bury’s top scorer, Ryan Lowe, that he would be taking penalties from now on.
“Without being disrespectful to Shrewsbury, we were the better side and played the better football,” he added. “We would have been very disappointed to have lost that game, even on penalties.”
Bury boss Alan Knill said: “Penalty shoot outs are exciting – as long as you win them.”
He added: “The first five stepped up and looked pretty confident, then Cameron saves one and puts one in, that’s fantastic.”
Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner said: “We didn’t really turn up in the first half, we were non-competitive. But we probably had the best chance in the last few minutes, so we’re disappointed to go out.”