Yeovil suffer heartbreak in shoot-out after two hours of thrilling cup action
aet, score at 90 minutes 2-2, Birmingham won 3-2 on penalties
at Huish Park
Yeovil Town missed three penalties in a dramatic shoot-out to exit the Capital One Cup at the hands of Birmingham City in unforgettable night of action at Huish Park.
Byron Webster sent the second-round clash with Lee Clark's men into extra time with a controversial equaliser. The Huish Park encounter had seemed destined to fall in favour of the visitors as they led 2-1 entering injury time.
However, when the Blues put the ball out of play for former Glover Dan Burn to receive treatment on a suspect injury, Webster failed to read the script as he exquisitely lobbed Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle, who was expecting the ball to be played back to him.
Luke Ayling finally notched his first senior goal in stunning style in extra time, before Lee Novak was allowed to walk the ball through to an empty net to equalise at 3-3.
Sam Hoskins, Ed Upson and Jamie McAllister all failed to convert penalties, Tom Adeyemi finally settling the clash 3-2 with the final tenth penalty despite a strong initial block from Wayne Hennessey.
Birmingham took the lead on 19 minutes when Kyle Bartley climbed with ease at a corner, powerfully heading beyond Hennessey.
The lead lasted less than 90 seconds as Upson netted the Glovers' first home game of the season. When James Hayter was fouled on the corner of the box, the midfielder curled the free-kick up and over the wall and beyond Doyle.
On 24 minutes Webster's back header put his team in trouble, with Hennessey denying Novak. Doyle was at full stretch to tip behind Hayter's 41st-minute snap shot, then punching clear Ayling's header from the corner.
The Blues spoiled a fine opening half from the Glovers by regaining the lead on 43 minutes, again scoring with relative ease. As Birmingham broke, Novak laid off to Burke. The hosts looked on as his cross bounced across the 18-yard box, Andrew Shinnie sweeping through a busy area.
With the second period starting in similar fashion to the first, the game sprung back to life on 61 minutes with Yeovil's clearest chance of the clash.
Davis's cross from the left was nodded back across goal by Keiffer Moore – preferred to Paddy Madden – and Hayter, in time and space, headed straight at Doyle. Matt Green raced clear to latch on to a diagonal through ball after 76 minutes but was denied a certain goal by Hennessey's out-stretched right boot.
Webster levelled in astonishing fashion, looping the ball over Doyle when Birmingham expected the ball to be returned to them.
Ayling capped a dominant start to the subsequent added 30 minutes, controlling Joe Edwards' 105th-minute pass with his right boot before lashing home from 20 yards via the underside of the bar.
The game then took another remarkable twist at the start of the second period of extra time, with Novak allowed to waltz through Yeovil's entire line-up and equalise.
Hoskins' opening penalty struck the post before Burke slotted. Dan Seaborne levelled and Neal Eardley blazed wide, but Doyle denied Upson.
The imperious Hennessey kept out substitute Scott Allen and McAllister sent his attempt over the bar.
Replacement Kevin Dawson sent the game to a final round of penalties after Darren Ambrose had gone straight down the middle, Hennessey saving from Adeyemi but powerless to stop the ball bouncing against the crossbar and in.
Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Hennessey; Ayling, Webster, Seaborne, McAllister; Grant, Edwards, Upson, Davis (Hoskins 65); Hayter (Dawson 79), Moore (Tate 79). Substitutes (not used): Foley, Ngoo, Ralls, Dunn (gk).
Goals: Upson 21, Webster 90, Ayling 105.
Bookings: McAllister, Webster, Ayling.
Birmingham City (3-5-2): Doyle; Bartley, Burn, Robinson; Eardley, Spector, Adeyemi, Shinnie, Burke; Green (Allen 77), Novak. Substitutes (not used): Mullins, Ambrose, Elliott, Reilly, Lee, Townsend.
Goals: Bartley 19, Shinnie 43, Novak 106.
Bookings: Spector, Robinson, Adeyemi.
Referee: D Sheldrake (Surrey).