WATCH: City star Cantwell beats Stevenage 3-2 with last gasp winner in Fifa competition
PUBLISHED: 20:24 25 March 2020 | UPDATED: 20:28 25 March 2020
Todd Cantwell is through to the third round of the Fifa Ultimate QuaranTeam competiton after beating Stevenage 3-2 in the second round replay.
It took dramatic moments in both ties to send Cantwell through to the third round, with Teemu Pukki netting late goals on both occasions.
Stevenage took the lead in the first game but Cantwell struck back in stoppage time as Pukki slotted it into the back of the net.
Cantwell took the lead in the replay, with the Finn opening the scoring. Boro hit back shortly after, with Simeon Jackson equalising.
The away side snuck into the lead courtesy of a fortuitous deflection as Jackson’s effort hit the net. Cantwell set about a revival mission in the second period, and substitute Mario Vrancic netted after impressive work from Adam Idah.
The Republic of Ireland international was involved again in the winning goal, cutting the ball back to Pukki who slotted home for City to progress to round three.
The 22-year-old is the Canaries representative for the competition, and he began the tournament with an impressive 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town in the first round.
Ondrej Duda bagged the opening goal before Barrie McKay levelled for the hosts. Cantwell’s in-game character then assisted Pukki, with the Finn converting to secure the victory for City.
The competition, devised by League Two side Leyton Orient, is raising money for three charitable causes, including helping EFL teams with their cash-flow problems caused by the coronavirus suspension.
25% of the donations received will be split between the EFL’s primary charity partner, MIND and the World Health Organisations Covid-19 response fundraiser.
Clubs involved were asked to pick a representative, with Cantwell tasked with ensuring City have a virtual cup run that replicates their FA Cup run.
His opponent will be Stevenage supporter Patrick Moran, with a place in the round of 32 at stake.
After overcoming the challenge of Blackpool player Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall 3-1 in the First Round on Sunday, Stevenage will hope to progress in the tournament against Premier League talent.
Initially, 128 teams entered the competition from all corners of the globe but, thus far, City’s fixtures have seen them face domestic rivals.
Both sides will be altered to an 85 overall rating to provide a level-playing field, while the game will constitute of two 6 minute halves.
- You can watch the action LIVE above and see if Todd can put City in the hat for the next round!