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It was getting on for 11pm when the last ball was kicked in the this match and when Mark Williams' spot-kick ballooned over into the Wimbledon fans, it was the massive Wycombe contingent that celebrated in hysterical fashion.
All had looked lost by the last minute of extra-time as The Wanderers trailed 2-1 and had been playing nearly an hour with ten men following the sending off of Michael Simpson. The clock had ticked over to 120 minutes when Sam Parkin did superbly down the left flank but his pass into the box was miss-hit by Dannie Bulman only for the ball to fall to Paul McCarthy, who was more than happy to score his fourth FA Cup goal of the season.
That sent the tie into the dreaded penalty shoot-out and Wycombe were one kick away from going out after Jamie Bates had missed his penalty. However, Batsey will be forever grateful to Martin Taylor who saved Peter Hawkins spotkick and then after McCarthy had scored his kick, Taylor scored himself from the spot before seeing Williams' miss send Wycombe into wonderland.
If you were lucky enough to be at the game, it will be something that will live forever. If you didn't make it, then don't get the impression that this was some kind of fluke. Wycombe were the better side on the night, despite having to deal with the loss of Andy Rammell and Andy Baird through injury and playing half the tie with ten men. 'Bairdy's injury came about following a fierce challenge by Williams. The Dons player only received a yellow card and it was ironic that he would be the player to ultimately send Wycombe through to meet Leicester City in the Sixth Round.
Wycombe had fallen behind in the 12th minute when Gareth Ainsworth broke from the halfway line before slotting past Taylor from 12 yards. That goal was against the run of play but Sanchez's boys pulled level in the 32nd minute when Dannie Bulman's shot from 30 yards was deflected into the path of Rammell. 'Rambo's shot was only parried by Dons' 'keeper Kelvin Davis and Dave Carroll was there to slip the ball home from six yards.
There were limited chances for both sides in the second-half but the sending off of Michael Simpson in the 70th minute for a second bookable offence, following a second foul on Ainsworth, looked harsh.
The Dons never capatilised on the one-man advantage but in the fourth minute of stoppage it looked like a penalty award would finally gift the tie to The Dons. Referee Eddie Wolstenholme spotted a handball following a seemingly run of the mill challenge from McCarthy on Wayne Gray. It would have been a heart breaker to loose the tie in that manner but Taylor pulled another trick out by diving to his right to save Neal Ardley's spot-kick.
Extra-time was less than a minute old when Gray had restored The Dons lead but the passion of the Wycombe players, cheered on by the equally passionate Wycombe following was rewarded with 'Macca's late goal and the penalty shoot-out victory. Amazing.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Wimbledon 2
Chairboys won on penalties 8-7
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