Penalties finally halt Amble juggernaut


Killingworth Sporting...1 Amble Utd...1

(5-3 after penalty-kicks)

AMBLE travelled to play Killingworth Sporting, who are third in the Premier Division, in the George Dobbins Cup third round on Saturday.

Amble started the brightest, with Sean Taylor going close in the fourth and ninth minute with two very good efforts.

However, Killingworth took the lead in the 25th minute when Francesco Di Pietros fired home into the far corner.

Amble were creating some very good chances but could just not convert them into goals and at half-time the score remained 1-0 to the home side.

After the interval, Amble continued to play the better football and were putting the home defence under all sorts of pressure.

They grabbed an equaliser in the 75th minute, when David King headed home at the far-post from a Darren Riddell corner-kick.

After this, Amble were on top of their game and went very close in the 80th minute when a shot by Josh Hay sneaked just by the post with the home keeper John Morden stranded.

The visitors continued to keep up the pressure on the home defence, but they could just not find the winner and the score at full-time was 1-1.

The home side got the first period of extra-time under way, but at the end of it, the score was still deadlocked.

The home side came into the game a bit more but Amble still created the best chances. But the score at full-time was 1-1 and the game went into penalty-kicks to find a winner.

Killingworth won 5-3, but during the 120 minutes’ playing time, Amble were by far the better team and every player gave 110 per cent.

Amble from: A Patterson, G Dance, R Baker, D King, R Stewart, L Harker, D Riddell, R Gair, S Taylor, J Hay, C Graham, C Flanighan, R Douglas, A Turvey, D Atwell, B Wake. Pier 81 man-of-the-match: Sean Taylor. Match sponsor: Richard Sullivan, Sullivan Associates, Fourways 2.

Saturday’s match is at home to Forest Hall, kick-off 2pm.