Kelly lob puts Rye into RUR final

Rye United celebrate Matt Maclean putting them 2-0 up against Redhill
Rye United celebrate Matt Maclean putting them 2-0 up against Redhill
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Rye United outgunned old adversaries Three Bridges last night (Tuesday) to reach the Sussex RUR Charity Cup final.

An 85th minute lob from Sean Kelly - his first goal since returning to the club last summer - gave Rye a 3-2 victory at the Sussex County Ground in Lancing.

Rye got off to a dream start in a clash of the Sussex County Football League title hopefuls when Wes Tate opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season after just 65 seconds.

Their lead was short-lived, though, because Lee Carney levelled from the penalty spot on four minutes and Bridges took a 2-1 lead 24 minutes later.

Liam Upton got Rye back on level terms on 38 minutes and Kelly’s timely strike put them 90 minutes away from a first Sussex RUR Charity Cup triumph since 1968.

Rye will meet either Hassocks or Selsey - who meet in other last four tie next Tuesday - in a final to be played on Tuesday April 24.

See Friday’s Rye Observer for a full report.