Last weekend was one for the history books for Liverpool FC. In a nail-biting penalty shootout, Liverpool managed to secure a crucial win over Championship side Cardiff City as they secured their 8th Carling Cup.
In a vital weekend for Welsh sport, which included the rugby side beating England at Twickenham in order to attain the Triple Crown within the six nations and Nathan Cleverly retaining his WBO light-heavyweight title with a victory over Tommy Karpency, Cardiff City were striving for a win. As were Liverpool who had yet to win any silver wear for the previous six seasons.
Both teams started well, with Glen Johnson narrowly missing the goal for Liverpool in the first few minutes when his shot hit the crossbar.
Disaster struck for Liverpool in the 20th minute when Joe Mason kept his head in order to score against past Pepe Reina.
With the Welsh side defending in their numbers and showing a promising attack when forward, Liverpool fought to keep the Cardiff Blues quite.
Hope was regained for the Liverpool fans when Downing’s corner reached Martin Skrtel, who shot the ball into the back of Cardiff’s net. With the score as it stood, the extra-time was set.
Within the closing minutes of extra time, Liverpool looked to have scored the winner as Dirk Kuyt scored Liverpool’s second goal. But…Cardiff did not give up and ended up scoring an equalizer.
The penalty shootout was decided. The five players from either side were picked.
The pressure was on. Shockingly, the first three were missed. Cardiff looked set to win before Anthony Gerrard followed his cousin’s example and missedproviding Liverpool with the win.
Both teams are now looking to the future. Kenny Dalglish will be hoping to win his next trophy within his second spell as Anfield manager whilst Malky Mackay hopes to lead the Bluebirds out of the Championship and into the Premiership.
By Angharad Millington