Colliers in Minor Cup exit despite major effort

Liam Brooks in action for Shilbottle, who went out to AFC Newbiggin at the quarter-final stage of the NFA Minor Cup on Saturday. Picture by Steve Miller

Liam Brooks in action for Shilbottle, who went out to AFC Newbiggin at the quarter-final stage of the NFA Minor Cup on Saturday. Picture by Steve Miller

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Shilbottle CW 1 AFC Newbiggin 3 (after extra-time)

Northumberland FA Minor Cup, Quarter-Final

Matty Graham in action for Shilbottle in their NFA Minor Cup defeat to AFC Newbiggin at the quarter final stage on Saturday. Picture by Steve Miller

Matty Graham in action for Shilbottle in their NFA Minor Cup defeat to AFC Newbiggin at the quarter final stage on Saturday. Picture by Steve Miller

Shilbottle came up just a little short in this hard-fought encounter with the NFA Minor Cup holders at a windswept Welfare Ground.

In a fairly even first half of few chances, Newbiggin hit the bar with a speculative shot and Josh Hay had a header saved by the visiting keeper.

The interval arrived without a goal but it was the Colliers who got the upper hand following the restart.

Josh Hay had a close-range header miraculously tipped over the bar by Craig Towart in the Newbiggin goal before the Colliers took the lead on the hour.

A right-wing corner from Matty Graham saw Liam Brooks head home at the back post.

Shilbottle were unfortunate not to gain a penalty shortly after when Ross Gair appeared to be brought down by the Newbiggin keeper when clean through on goal but the referee awarded a goal-kick instead.

This let-off appeared to inspire Newbiggin, who drew level on 75 minutes with a fine headed goal from Ross Muter.

Regulation time arrived without further incident and the game moved into extra-time.

The holders struck the crucial blow to move into the lead on 95 minutes when, following an error in the Shilbottle defence, John Bone struck a fine shot into the corner of the net.

As the game moved into the final period of extra-time, the Colliers pressed hard for an equaliser and had another effort tipped over the bar.

However, with seven minutes left on the clock Newbiggin broke clear and a cross into the box by Brent Aisbitt was headed into his own goal by Michael Brown, in attempting to clear the danger and the game was over.

Shilbottle: A Patterson, J Giles, L Hume, K Elliott, R Stewart, R Young, M Graham, R Gair, L Brooks, J Hay, B Wake, R Brown, M Brown, B Balmbra. Shilbottle’s Robert Porteous man-of-the-match: Liam Brooks. Match sponsor: Glyn Davies (builder).

Newcastle University are also into the last four of the Minor Cup, with goals from Jordan Cross (two) and Matthew Morley seeing the Students through against Gosforth Bohemians B, but Grainger Park crashed out 12-2 at Hazlerigg Victory.