ANDERSON CUP (SEMI-FINAL)
Shilbottle CW...2 Wooler FC...1
SHILBOTTLE produced one of their best performances of the season to get the better of the current league leaders and possible champions in this cracking encounter at the Welfare Ground.
The Colliers were quickly into their stride and should have taken an early lead when both Andy Metcalf and Richard Brown broke clear but failed to find the target with just the Wooler keeper to beat.
When Metcalf had another good chance blocked and Scott McMullen had a cracking drive well saved, the Colliers’ prospects looked ominous.
However, they finally broke the deadlock after 35 minutes when a ball into the box was headed goalwards by Richard Brown and despite the valiant efforts of a defender on the line found its way into the net.
Within a couple of minutes, the Colliers were two goals ahead as a good knock-on by Scott McMullen was well finished by Kevin Elliott from the edge of the box.
Wooler had shown very little at this stage but pulled a goal back just before the interval when James Jeffries struck from close range.
The interval arrived with the Colliers the odd goal in three to the good.
Their position should have improved shortly after the restart when Andy Metcalf again broke clear only to put a good chance wide of the goal.
The game then developed into a midfield battle with few chances at either end.
Wooler began to exert extra pressure as the game moved into the last 10 minutes but the Colliers defence held out well to earn a fine victory and a cup final place.
Shilbottle: J Rutherford, A Gattens, D Lillico, C Bell, A Makin, A Metcalf, K Elliott, R Brown, P Grey, M Brown, S McMullen, L Conroy.
Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Kevin Elliott.
Match sponsor: Shilbottle Village Store.