Shilbottle CW...2 West Jesmond FC...2
(aet, Shilbottle won 4-3 on penalties)
NFA Minor Cup, Round Two
SHILBOTTLE just edged through to the next round of the NF Minor Cup with this penalty shoot-out victory at the Welfare ground.
It was the Colliers who were quickest into their stride and had the bulk of the early play.
They almost took the lead when Ronnie Warwick struck the outside of a post and Alan Wallace put a good chance over the bar.
However, they were unable to force a breakthrough and the interval arrived without a goal for either side.
Following the restart, Phil Grey had a good strike well saved before the visitors broke the deadlock after 55 minutes.
Shilbottle keeper Josh Rutherford fouled a West Jesmond striker just outside the box and a well-struck shot from the resulting free-kick put the visitors ahead (0-1).
They could have gone on to increase their lead but missed a couple of good chances and the Shilbottle keeper brought off a fine save.
It looked as though the Tyneside Amateur League leaders were going to hold on for victory, with just five minutes of normal time to go.
But a good ball into the box saw Ronnie Warwick turn and smash home a fine effort to take the game into extra-time (1-1).
The Colliers were now on top but were unable to force home their advantage.
With five minutes of extra-time still to play, they finally went ahead with a cracking drive from the edge of the box from James Jackson which found the corner of the net (2-1).
However, back came West Jesmond to force the ball home following a right-wing corner to take the match to penalties (2-2).
The first three penalties for each side found the net as efforts from Andy Metcalf, Richard Brown and Jake Lewney were matched by the visitors.
When Josh Rutherford tipped penalty number four onto the crossbar, the Colliers looked to be in the driving seat only for Adam Gattens to shoot over the bar.
Mark Batson was unable to capitalise on another miss by the visitors when his effort was saved but when the visitors missed again with effort number six, it was left to Ronnie Warwick to strike home the winner and carry the Colliers through to the next round.
Shilbottle: J Rutherford, A Gattens, J Lewney, D Lillico, M Batson, A Metcalf, P Grey, R Warwick, M Brown, R Brown, A Wallace, J Jackson, C Bell. Shilbottle’s man-of-the-match: Danny Lillico. Match sponsor: Mrs ME Haddow, Shilbottle Post Office. Match ball sponsor: Shilbottle and Hampeth Social Group and Shilbottle Village Store.