Wallsend BC 0 Shilbottle CW 0 (aet) (Shilbottle won 4-1 on penalties)
Ideal Stelrad NFA Minor Cup, Round Two
Shilbottle got the better of Wallsend BC in Round Two of the NFA Minor Cup for the second successive season in this hard-fought encounter at Centurian Park, Wallsend.
Last season saw a tight 4-3 victory for the Colliers, who were then a North Northumberland League side, but this season’s tie was even closer as it took a penalty shoot-out to decide the victors.
The Colliers started well against their higher-league opponents, with Lee Hume firing just over the bar and Josh Hay having a good effort turned around a post by the Wallsend keeper.
However, it took a couple of fine saves from keeper Andrew Wilson in the Shilbottle goal to ensure that the game reached the interval without a goal.
Wallsend had the better of the early exchanges in the second half and should have taken the lead with a free header that went over the bar.
The Shilbottle keeper then tipped another effort onto the bar as Walsend threatened to open the scoring.
Shilbottle’s back four of Hume, Young, Stewart and Graham defended superbly during this difficult period and this was to prove decisive as the game progressed.
The final real chance in regulation time fell to Richard Brown, who had a fine strike well saved by the Wallsend keeper.
The game moved into extra-time, which provided little by way of clear opportunities as both defences remained solid, leading to the inevitable penalty shoot-out.
Ross Gair struck the opener, only for Wallsend to follow suit.
Josh Hay got Shilbottle’s second but Wallsend struck a post.
When Lee Hume hit Shilbottle’s third and Andrew Wilson saved from Wallsend’s next attempt, the Colliers were almost through.
Ross Stewart made no mistake with Shilbottle’s fourth penalty and the game was over.
Shilbottle: A Wilson, L Hume, C Graham, R Stewart, R Young, R Gair, P Grey, M Brown, B Wake, J Hay, R Brown, C Flanighan, J Giles, B Balmbra. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Andrew Wilson.