CONCORD Rangers progressed to the semi-finals of the Essex Senior Cup with Rob Small's side beating local rivals Canvey Island on penalties following a goalless draw.

Just like in round three against Aveley, goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney was the hero for Concord with the former England under 19 international saving two penalties as well as converting a spot kick of his own.

Despite playing their trade one step below Concord, Canvey were the better side in the opening period forcing Beeney into a number of saves.

After nine minutes a scuffed back-pass from Nathan Smith played former Beach Boy Evans Kouassi through on goal.

However Beeney was quick off his line to close down Kouassi and block the Ivorian's effort.

Just prior to the half hour mark Beeney was again tested when a Connor Hubble free kick was only half cleared by Rangers as far as Joe Paxman who unleashed a volley that Beeney had to get down to - making a smart save.

Two minutes later the Gulls went even closer to breaking the deadlock when a pop shot from Luca Albon was parried onto the foot of the post by Beeney.

Concord's only chance of the first half fell to Harrison Day when the youngster got onto the end of a Mo Kamara cross, but debutant goalkeeper Sam Jackson reacted quickly to keep out the striker's attempt.

The second half was much quieter at The Movie Starr Stadium with neither side able to grab hold of the game.

The visitors had the only noteworthy chance of the half when a Harvey Beckett header from a Luke Warner-Eley corner was cleared off the line by Albon, and as a result the first competitive Island Derby since 2013 headed to penalties.

Both sides converted their first kicks with Hubble and Beeney both on target.

However it would be Canvey who would blink first on their second kick with Beeney keeping out a poor penalty from Kouassi.

The Beach Boys took advantage of this blip with Day converting from 12 yards to give Concord a 2-1 lead in the shootout.

However Canvey then received a lifeline as following Paxman's conversion for the hosts Kamara saw his spot kick hit the crossbar meaning it was 2-2 after three penalties each, but once again Beeney came to the rescue for Rangers.

Charlie Edwards stepped up for the Islanders and the midfielder saw his tame penalty saved by Beeney.

Warner-Eley then scored for Concord meaning former Beach Boy Odei Martin had to score to keep Canvey alive.

The Spaniard stepped up but got his spot kick horribly wrong blazing his penalty over the bar and out of the stadium; ensuring Concord would progress to the final four with a 3-2 penalty shootout victory.

A win for Concord means the Beach Boys will host Hornchurch in the semi-finals next Tuesday for a place in the final against either Braintree Town or Chelmsford City.