Celtic seal double treble with Scottish Cup win over Motherwell

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William Hill Scottish Cup Final

Celtic 2-0 Motherwell

McGregor 11

Ntcham 25

Celtic got a 2-0 win over Motherwell to win the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park today.

First half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham sealed the win for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

A win for Celtic would seal the Scottish treble for the second consecutive season while Motherwell were hoping to win the Scottish Cup for the first time in 27 years.

Celtic started the game well and came close just six minutes in when Thomas Rogic’s effort on the edge of the box went just wide of the mark.

The East Glasgow side had the lead just five minutes later when defender Tom Aldred headed the ball away poorly and McGregor fired home in the top-left corner.

Just 14 minutes later, Celtic doubled their lead when a winger got past the Motherwell defence with ease and Ntcham buried the ball home in the bottom left corner.

Motherwell’s only chance of the half came in the 28th minute when Curtis Main fired over the bar following Carl McHugh’s backheel.

The Well made a much better start to the second half and came close three minutes in when Main’s effort was well saved by Craig Gordon following Liam Grimshaw’s impressive run.

Celtic came close again in the 66th minute when James Forrest put a good ball in towards Moussa Dembélé but his effort went wide.

Up at the other end moments later, Gaël Bigirimana came close following another great run from Grimshaw. The substitute’s effort was excellently blocked by Dedryck Boyata however.

Five minutes later, Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson made two excellent stops to deny a header and then a shot from Dembélé in quick succession.

Motherwell came very close to getting back into the game in the 80th minute when Bigirimana’s excellent free kick hit the crossbar.

The Well continued to push in the final ten minutes of the game and they almost triggered an exciting finish when in the 87th minute Chris Cadden headed just over on the end of Ryan Bowman’s impressive cross.

Celtic managed to hold on though, to complete the double treble under Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer (Simunovic 75), Tierney, Brown (c), Rogic (Armstrong 72), Forrest (Sinclair 90), McGregor, Ntcham, Dembélé.

Booked: Boyata

Subs not used: Bain, L Griffiths, Roberts, Kouassi

Motherwell: Carson, Tait, Kipré, Aldred, Dunne, Cadden, McHugh (c) (Bigirimana 55), Bowman, Grimshaw, Campbell (Frear 78), Main.

Booked: Tait, Grimshaw and Campbell.

Subs not used: R Griffiths, Petravicius, Hartley, Turnbull, Maguire.

Attendance: 49,967

Northern League Finals Day: Chester-le-Street and Dunston UTS claim honours in two entertaining games

Two cup finals were played at the Belle View Stadium in Consett today. The first game, which kicked off at 12pm, resulted in Chester-le-Street beating Ryton and Crawcrook Albion 2-0 and in the second game at 3pm Dunston UTS beat Bishop Auckland 1-0.

The attendance was 799. It was a great day at a spectacular Non League facility. Below are my match reports from both games.

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Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup Final 

Chester-le-Street 2-0 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion

Clarkson 23

McGuire 90+3

Chester-Le-Street won the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup today with a 2-0 victory over Ryton and Crawcrook Albion at the Belle View Stadium in Consett.

Andrew Clarkson took the lead for the County Durham side 23 minutes in, and they sealed the win in added time through Daniel McGuire.

The Division 2 sides were teams that you wouldn’t expect to make the cup final as they finished 14th and 17th in the table respectively.

It was a poor start to the game with neither side really doing anything useful with the ball inside the first 20 minutes.

However, in the 23rd minute Ryton came astonishingly close when Jamie Dunn’s shot from the right hit the crossbar, and Mason Stephenson failed to connect with the rebound.

Just moments later, Chester-le-Street took the lead when McGuire put in an excellent ball from the left and Clarkson headed home from close range.

The Cestrians almost doubled their lead five minutes later when captain Kevin Megran tried his luck but his effort went just over the bar.

They had another chance just four minutes from the interval when Joshua King headed just wide on the end of an excellent free kick on the left.

Ryton made a good start to the second half, and got themselves a penalty in the 57th minute after Connor Lyon brought down Stephenson in the box.

However, it wasn’t to be for RACA as Callum Turnbull’s weak penalty was saved with ease by keeper Jack Wilson to the left.

Chester-le-Street almost sealed the win in the 84th minute when Clarkson’s shot was cleared off the line by Philip Hodges.

Ten minutes later, the Cestrians did put the game to bed when McGuire was on the receiving end of a good through ball and he buried it past Darren Houghton in the bottom-right corner.

The win meant Chester-le-Street won the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup for the first time.

Chester-le-Street: Wilson, Stephenson, Lyon, Walker, Dixon, Reynolds, Kind, McGuire, Megran (c) (Hepplewhite 83), Mole (Naylor 83), Clarkson.

Booked: Lyon and Reynolds

Subs not used: White, Greaves and Iley.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion: Houghton, Below (c), Barker, Turnbull, O’Dowd, Anderson (Hedley 74), Hodges, Stephenson (Shorrock 60), Dunn (Moody 75), Davis, Hepple.

Booked: Barker and Hodges

Subs not used: McMeekin and Anstey.

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Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup Final

Bishop Auckland 0-1 Dunston UTS 

Burrell 76

Dunston UTS won the Northern League Cup for the sixth time today with a narrow 1-0 victory over Bishop Auckland.

Captain Dale Burrell scored the only goal of the game in a tight contest at the Belle View Stadium.

Bishop Auckland caught everyone by surprise by making the cup final as they’d had a poor season in which they finished in 19th position in the Northern League Division 1, while Dunston UTS finished 10th and were in their second cup final of the season.

It was a scrappy start to the game, but Dunston came close four minutes in when Burrell headed wide on the end of a free kick.

Chances were few and far between after that, and the next chance didn’t come until the 28th minute when Jake Stafford’s long range effort for the Fed went over the bar.

The best chance of the half came five minutes later when Liam Thear laid the ball off to Mark Fitzpatrick and his close-range effort was tipped over the bar by Bishop Auckland keeper Gareth Young.

On the brink of half time, Bishop came incredibly close when Thomas McAloon’s shot was blocked just before Niall McGoldrick’s strike took a deflection off a defender and went out for a corner.

Five minutes into the second half, Dunston came close when Callum Elliott headed just wide of the target on the end of Daniel Halliday’s impressive cross.

Bishop Auckland came incredibly close in the 64th minute when Michael Hoganson’s shot was saved and then Christopher Wynn fired over the rebound from close range.

Elliott came close again for the Fed six minutes later when he cut in the box on the right only for his shot to be saved to the left.

Dunston eventually took the lead in the 76th minute when Burrell got hold of the ball on the left and he fired past Young in the bottom-right corner from long range.

The Fed then had the opportunity to put the game to bed in the 79th minute when they got a penalty. This came after Rhys Porter brought down Thear in the box.

Like in the other cup final, the penalty was missed as Fitzpatrick’s poor penalty was saved to the left by the excellent Young.

There weren’t any significant chances following this, and Dunston just edged the game to add to their trophy collection.

Bishop Auckland: Young, Hart, Hassan, Hoganson, Johnson (Goundry 71), Thompson, Ryder, Porter, McAloon, Wynn, McGoldrick (Lovegreen 86).

Booked: Goundry

Unused sub: Adams

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Marrs, Capewell, Hall, Halliday (c), Elliott, Stafford, Pearson, Thear, Burrell (c), Fitzpatrick.

Booked: Elliott

Subs not used: Pollock, Grant, Heslop, Lowther and Henderson




Seaham Red Star finish season with 4-1 defeat at Morpeth

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Ebac Northern League Division 1

Morpeth Town 4-1 Seaham Red Star

Davison 11              Thompson 61

Phillips 16

Henderson 72, 83 pen

Seaham Red Star finished their season with a 4-1 defeat at Morpeth Town last night but as has often been the case this season, the Star will feel hard done by the scoreline.

Goals from Mark Davison and Wayne Phillips put the hosts in front early on, but 17-year-old James Thompson got the Star back into the game midway through the second half.

However, substitute Liam Henderson came off the bench and sealed the win for Morpeth with two goals.

Both sides were playing for pride, with Morpeth already promoted to the Evo Stik League Division 1 North and the Star’s position in Division 1 of the Northern League safe for another season.

The hosts started brightly with Joe Walton hitting the post just four minutes in following an impressive ball from Sean Taylor on the left.

They were in front just seven minutes later when Davison headed home into the top-right corner off the end of another impressive ball from Taylor.

The Northumberland side got another goal in the 16th minute when Phillips curled the ball into the top-left corner impressively from long range.

Morpeth almost got a third in the 31st minute when Davison headed just over the bar off the end of Walton’s ball.

Seaham started the second half well and almost got a goal back when substitute Alex Ramshaw went through on goal but his lob over the keeper went just wide of the target.

Five minutes later, the Star did get a goal back when Thompson latched onto a good ball through the defence and buried the ball past the keeper in the bottom left.

Seaham really should’ve equalised in the 65th minute when Morpeth keeper Karl Dryden failed to keep hold of the ball and Lee Hetherington put a ball into Robbie Bird but he fired wide despite there being an open goal.

Unfortunately for Craig Lynch’s side, Morpeth got a third in the 72nd minute when Thomas Price failed to clear his lines and Henderson fired home into the top-right corner.

Ten minutes later, the hosts got a penalty when Callum Munro was adjudged to have brought a player down in the box. Henderson stepped up and sent keeper Declan Greenwood the wrong way to get his side’s fourth of the night.

Two minutes from time, Greenwood made an outstanding diving save to the right to deny Morpeth substitute Simon Farrier.

The Star finish the season 18th in the Northern League Division 1, whilst Morpeth finish as runners up.

After the game, Craig Lynch said: “It certainly wasn’t a 4-1 game. Maybe the first two goals they scored could’ve been prevented by a bit of communication and staying in our positions.

“After James Thompson’s goal, I thought we played well, close game and then it was just a little fumble in the box and then they scored and then a penalty decision.

“I thought the middle period of the game was really good – just the start and the end let us down a bit.”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

Morpeth Town: Dryden, Forster, Turner, Coppen, McDonald, Phillips, Graydon (c) (Norris 77), Walton (Farrier 84), Sayer, Taylor, Davison (Henderson 71).

Subs not used: Moorcroft and Carson

Seaham Red Star: Greenwood, Munro, Staunch, Howe, Price, Chapman, Croft (Johnson 73), Johnston (Ramshaw 56), Thompson, Bird (c), Hetherington.

Subs not used: Wilkinson, Byrne, Crosby.

Attendance: 121

Morecambe avoid relegation with goalless draw at Coventry

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Sky Bet League 2

Coventry City 0-0 Morecambe

Coventry City and Morecambe shared the points in a goalless draw on the final day of the season to secure a play-off spot and League 2 survival respectively.

Both sides came into the game knowing that a point would be enough both sides to get the ideal outcome.

The game was tense at times, and Coventry came close six minutes in when Michael Doyle’s effort on the edge of the box was tipped over by the excellent Barry Roche.

Chances were few and far between for most of the game, and Morecambe’s only chance of the first half came in the 32nd minute when Aaron Wildig put in a cracking ball towards Adam McGurk but a defender was first to it only just.

Coventry then came remarkably close seven minutes later when Jonson Clarke-Harris’ effort from around two yards was kept out amazingly by Roche to keep the Shrimps in the game with relegation-rivals Barnet winning 1-0 at the time.

Morecambe started the second half brightly and came close in the 51st minute when Wildig played a great ball through to Kevin Ellison on the left but his shot hit the side-netting.

The only other real chance of the game came in the 74th minute when Tom Bayliss made it through on goal but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Aaron McGowan.

The result means the Shrimps stay in League 2 on goal-difference while Coventry City finish in sixth position and will face Notts County in the play-offs.

Coventry City: Burge, Grimmer, Hyam, Davies, Stokes, Bayliss, Kelly (c), Doyle, Shipley (Reid 56), McNulty, Clarke-Harris (Biamou 80).

Booked: Grimmer

Subs not used: McDonald, O’Brien, Maguire-Drew, Haynes, Ponticelli.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose (c), Fleming, Wylde, Wildig (Kenyon 82), Ellison, McGurk (Lang 77).

Subs not used: Nizic, Brough, Lund, Muller, Campbell.

Attendance: 15,874 (748 away)

Seaham Red Star lose 3-0 in final home game of the season

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(Photos: Lee Stewart)

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 0-3 Stockton Town

                                    Owens 12

                                   Ward 58

                                   Coleman 90+1

FA Vase finalists Stockton Town continued their good run of form with a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Seaham Red Star last night, but the Star will once again feel slightly hard done by.

Goals from Jamie Owens, James Ward and Sonni Coleman separated the two sides on the night.

The Star came into the game knowing that three points would secure their Northern League Division 1 status for another year, while Stockton had nothing to play for in the league so didn’t name their strongest lineup.

Seaham came straight out of the blocks early in the first half, and came close just two minutes in when Alex Ramshaw made a great run before playing a good ball towards Robbie Bird whose shot across goal went wide.

Seven minutes later, they came close again when Bird made a good run on the left and his excellent cross went out for a corner, which came to nothing.

Stockton went in front in the 12th minute however, due to a lapse in concentration from the Seaham defence. Andy Johnston gave the ball straight to Owens who buried the ball in the bottom left with his left foot.

12 minutes later, Owens tried his luck from a very similar position but this time he hit the post.

The Star continued to show positive signs however, especially when Tommy Scott’s curled strike hit the crossbar in the 34th minute.

HT: Seaham Red Star 0-1 Stockton Town

Seaham started the second half well too, and just ten minutes in Bird made a great run before giving the ball to Ramshaw whose shot brought about an outstanding block from Christopher Dunwell.

Four minutes later however, Stockton doubled their lead when Ward headed home from close range on the end of an excellent ball from the left.

It was all Stockton after that, and it would’ve been 3-0 in the 75th minute had it not been for Jordan Harkess’ excellent save on the end of Adam Nicholson’s header.

Just moments from time, Coleman hit the crossbar and then two minutes later he scored when he smashed the ball into the top-right corner after a cracking run.

The result means the Star have to rely on Bishop Auckland, Penrith and Jarrow Roofing all losing this week in order to be safe by Monday’s game at North Shields.

Seaham manager Craig Lynch was a frustrated figure after the game. He said: “I’m embarrassed. I thought it was a game we could’ve won – Stockton are in the Vase final, they’ve played umpteen games, they’ve got a league semi-final on Thursday, while we’re in a relegation battle.

“I thought first ten minutes, we looked right up for it today but we gave away a silly free kick and, as we do, cannot defend a corner.

“You cannot just blame that, as the game is won and lost in both boxes. We’re not good enough in both boxes, that’s why we are where we are in the table.”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Lavender, Scorer, Price, Johnston, Staunch (Hetherington 65), Ramshaw, Croft, Bird (c), Scott (Johnson 71).

Subs not used: Chapman, Greenwood and Wilkinson.

Stockton Town: Arthur, Stockton (Cossavella 67), Nicholson, Dunwell, Mulligan, Coulthard (Mohammed 55), Carter, Ward, Coleman, Owens (Petitjean 70), Risbrough.

Subs not used: Hayes and Jordan.

Attendance: 103

Four goals from Chow as Hebburn thrash Crook

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(Photos: Richard Waugh)

Ebac Northern League Division 2

Hebburn Town 7-0 Crook Town

Williams 36

Chow 37,49,55,58

Jones 86

North 90+1

Four goals from veteran striker Paul Chow ensured Hebburn moved a step closer to promotion with a 7-0 win over Crook Town this evening.

Rhys Williams and substitutes Peter Jones and Channon North scored the other goals for Scott Oliver’s Hebburn side.

Hebburn came into the game unbeaten in their last 15 games, sitting deservedly second in the Northern League Division 2 table, while opponents Crook sat 18th having lost only one of their last five games.

It was a fairly even start to proceedings but a goal was certainly coming for the Hornets as Chow hit the post in the 21st minute then Callum Smith headed just wide ten minutes later.

The goal finally came in the 36th minute when Callum Smith’s free kick into the box was nodded on by Chow and Williams slid home to put it past the keeper from close range.

Just 30 seconds later, Hebburn added a second when Chow pounced on Isam Mohomad’s defence error and buried it past Daniel Scott with his left foot.

Just four minutes into the second half, the hosts added a third when Callum Smith’s corner was poorly defended and Chow was there to head home from the resultant cross.

Chow got his hat-trick in the 55th minute when Craig Malley played an excellent long through ball to him and he rounded Scott and tapped the ball into the back of the net.

The remarkable Chow just couldn’t stop scoring, and added his fourth three minutes later when he headed home from close range on the end of an excellent ball by Scott Wallace.

Goals became less of an occurrence for the rest of the game, but there were two more.

Stuart Bramley played an excellent long ball to Jones who lobbed the keeper who was well off his line in the 86th minute.

Hebburn’s final goal of the night came in the first minute of added time when Ross Toward played an excellent through ball to North who finished comfortably in the bottom right.

The result leaves in-form Hebburn just two points off top spot ahead of tomorrow’s game at home to Tow Law Town.

Speaking after the game, Man of the Match Paul Chow said: “It was nice to get the goals, obviously it’s an old cliché but it’s a team game. As a centre forward, you just like to get the ball to hit the net so to do it four times today I was over the moon.

“I’ve been playing Northern League for the best part of 20 years, so I know that if I get a chance I’ll put the ball away. I’m on a good reach of form, so it’s nice to put the chances away.”

Manager Scott Oliver said: “It was an important one tonight, we need eight points in the final four games that’s the way I’m looking at it. There’s three gone tonight.

“Obviously Crook had lads missing. It’s not nice at this stage of the season, they’ve played so many games. I felt sorry for them in the second half.

“It was obvious from the start that they were gonna struggle, players went down injured. Normally they’d take them off earlier, but they had no option but to keep them on.

“With the game tomorrow night, it was the ideal game to really play in tonight. Obviously seven is good for the goal difference as well, which I think could be important.”

Hebburn Town: Hubery, Bramley, Williams, Donaghy (Toward 45), Wallace (c), Malley, Kanda, D.Smith, Shaw (Jones), Chow, C.Smith (North 45).

Subs not used: Robinson and Parkin.

Crook Town: Scott, Mohomad, Cowper, Calvert, Gredziak, Comby (c), Brown, Johnson, Quine, Morris, Smith.

Subs: Parvin, Lay, Hackett, Johnson, Weston.

Attendance: 136