Saints crash out of football’s Trinity Shield – after leading twice

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Le Maistre, the grandson of former St Martin Connetable John Germain, netted just four minutes from the end of extra time to book Grouville a first-round match away to Trinity on Saturday afternoon.

St Martin had the better of the early exchanges and they went ahead early on with a near-post glancing header from Robbie Searle.

Exchanges were fairly even up to half time before Grouville equalised when a St Martin defender put the ball into his own goal.

John Searle restored St Martin’s advantage for the second time when he netted from close range following a melee in a six-yard area.

Veteran Martyn Noel pounced to make it 2-2 after Peter Gough’s header following a corner kick came back into play off a crossbar.

St Martin goalkeeper Paul Aubert pulled off a couple of good saves in extra-time before finally being beaten by Le Maistre with a penalty shoot-out looming.

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