UNBEATEN leaders of the first division and many times champions Quigleys came head to head with unbeaten newcomers AFC Casey’s.
Quigleys had Caseys on the defensive and the home side took the lead with a well-taken opener.
Casey’s defenders Kasongo, Eales, Consentino and Roberts and keeper Ashley Baxter all kept them in the game.
Midway through the first-half Casey’s started to find their own attacking options.
Trill and Creaney looked in good form.
Chris Trill equalised from close range after some strong midfield play through Stuart Clarke and Paul Beevor.
In the closing minutes of the first-half with Casey’s very much in the game it was again Trill whose rasping volley struck the bar to the relief of the home side.
The second-half saw Casey’s looking the most likely to score with Adam Creaney and Tom Lorraine linking well with inform striker Trill who scored with a powerful drive.
But Quigley’s showed their resilience and produced an unstoppable equaliser from the edge of the box that resulted in an exciting finale.
Quigley’s keeper produced an amazing double save from Creaney and Trill to ensure a share of the points for the home side.
This season’s title decider could almost go to the final fixtures if both teams continue their present form. Although a number of teams are more than capable of getting results in the second half of the season.
Casey’s face a physical tough challenge at home to The Barley Mow this Sunday.
Northampton Sunday Shield third round
AFC Casey’s B 9 Northampton Albany 3.
Casey’s B team, with this impressive performance, moved to the quarter-final of the prestigious Northamptonshire Sunday Shield.
Jake Sanderson’s four goals in the first-half demolition of visitors Albany set the tone for the rest of the game.
Casey’s produced a nine-goal bonanza with five by the inform man of the match Jake Sanderson.
Singles came from Elliot Matty, Josh Hyams, Martin Russ and the pick of all the strikes by Craig Turner with a top corner rocket.
Jack Wise and Alex Occonnor were impressive in their midfield roles as were the defensive trio of Burrell, Burke and Dudgeon.
Albany got a three-goal response but the game was effectively over with Casey’s manager Tony Burkett now dreaming of an extended Casey’s cup run.