The opening five or so minutes of the second period were fairly tame, with no chances falling to either side. Redhall realised something had to be done and so the change was made to go three at the back, pushing another player forward.
This decision almost instantly paid dividends as Haines intercepted a loose ball from the keeper. The striker wouldn’t miss this time as he rushed in on goal and guided the ball high and out of the reach of Black to cut the deficit in two.
The away side pressed in search of an equaliser, Haines chased down a loose ball and was almost rewarded, but the ball had other ideas as it rolled out of his path.
Victor Kokoszka must have thought he’d scored as the ball fell at his feet inside the box. The substitute hit his effort low and firm, only to be denied by a magnificent reaction save from Black, who was going down the wrong way but somehow managed to get enough on it to keep his side ahead.
Redhall continued to knock on the door as Logan Wilson-Need fired over the crossbar from a seven or eight yards out. The goal was coming.
On 53 minutes the equaliser finally arose. Scorer turned provider as Haines rolled the ball across the goalmouth. Kokaszka couldn’t reach the ball but it wouldn’t matter as there was Tom Morton lunging in at the back post, who met the ball and firmly guided it home to level the scoring.
Morton so nearly turned the tie on its head. He was clear on the right side of the box just minutes later, but as the angle narrowed the ball bobbled up off the turf and led to the substitute stroking wide from close range.
Despite having given up their two goal cushion and being second best in the second half, Arniston Rangers weren’t finished. Finlay Robertson turned his man inside out but his cross was only headed as far as the advancing Jay Meldrum. The skipper fired a half volley from 30 yards out but Jones held on at the second attempt to prevent the ball squirming underneath him.
Robertson then had a chance of his own, fizzing a first time effort just wide at the near post. A moment later and Munro nearly caught out Black with an audacious first time volley, although luckily for the keeper the bounce took the venom out of the strike.
Redhall were back on the front foot and hit the post twice in the space of a few seconds. Haines had two bites at it, the first being kept out by Black although the ball rebounded into the striker’s path, who hit the post and as it then ricocheted off of a defender, the post was once agin the saviour for Arniston Rangers.
The game opened up in the last ten minutes as both sides pushed for that elusive winner. In the end neither could muster enough up and the cup tie was to be decided by a shootout.