Hastings goalkeeper stars in Sussex win

Dan Rose in action for Hastings United against Whitstable Town on January 16. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Dan Rose in action for Hastings United against Whitstable Town on January 16. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
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A young Hastings United goalkeeper played a starring role as Sussex reached the semi-finals of a national competition.

Dan Rose was one of the heroes as the Sussex County FA under-18 team won 7-6 on penalties in an FA County Youth Cup quarter-final against Middlesex yesterday (Sunday).

Rose pulled off two fine saves in the shoot-out and the second of them - from his opposite number in sudden death - allowed team-mate Michael Waller to score the winning penalty.

The local boy had earlier made a key save in either half of normal time at Culver Road in Lancing as both normal and extra-time failed to produce a goal.

Rose is a regular in the Hastings United/Ark William Parker Academy side which plays in the Football Conference Youth Alliance League, with matches on Wednesday afternoons.

He also made his senior debut - and performed admirably - in the 2-1 win away to Whitstable Town on January 16, just five days after his 17th birthday.

* Hastings United are running a coach to their first team game away to East Grinstead Town tomorrow (Tuesday), departing The Pilot Field at 4.30pm.

The cost is £12 for adults, with a £2 discount for supporters’ club members, and £5 for under-18s. Call Dave Russell on 07970 332270 or email davidrussell881@hotmail.co.uk to save a place.

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