Colliers come so close to a cup upset

Shilbottle CW...1 Willington Quay Saints...2 (aet)

NFA Minor Cup, Round Four

SHILBOTTLE just failed to get the better of higher-level opponents from the Northern Alliance in a game that went to extra-time at the Welfare Ground.

The opening half was fairly even with neither side creating much by way of good chances.

Shilbottle’s best effort came when James Jackson just failed to connect to a good cross from Shaun Black.

The interval arrived without a goal and the second-half proceeded pretty much the same as the first until Willington finally broke the deadlock after 70 minutes.

A good through-ball saw Glen Johnson latch onto it and shoot into the corner of the net.

The Colliers had failed to create much as an attacking force up to this point but began to press forward in search of an equaliser.

Phil Grey shot wide from a good position and Scott McMullen also had an effort on target.

As the game moved into injury-time, the Colliers appeared to have missed their chance only for Scott McMullen to crash a tremendous drive into the top corner of the net to draw his side level with the last kick of regulation time.

The extra-time proved uneventful until it moved into the second period.

At this stage, it was the Colliers who looked the stronger side and should have taken the lead when Phil Grey shot just wide from a good position.

However, with a penalty shoot-out looming, Willington broke clear for Johnson to shoot home a decisive second goal.

The Colliers still had time to force a couple of fine saves from the Willington keeper, including a one-on-one with Shaun Black right at the death but the visitors held on to move through to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Shilbottle: J Rutherford, A Gattens, J Lewney, C Bell, D Lillico, A Metcalf, M Brown, S McMullen, J Jackson, R Brown, S Black, P Grey, R Jackson, A Wallace. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Scott McMullen. Match sponsor: Shilbottle and Hampeth Social Group.