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 crash out of League Cup with Dunston defeat

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(Photos: Ali Salat)

Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup Quarter-Final

Seaham Red Star 0-3 Dunston UTS

Fitzpatrick 10 pen Thear 14 Pearson 41

Seaham Red Star crashed out of the Northern League Cup last night with a 3-0 defeat at home to Dunston UTS at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium.

First half goals from Mark Fitzpatrick, Liam Thear and Michael Pearson sunk the Star on a very disappointing evening for Craig Lynch’s side.

Lynch made four changes to his side with Lee Chapman, Codie Howe, Thomas Scott and Thomas Price coming in for David Scorer, Kieran Galbraith, Liam McBryde and Robbie Bird.

Opponents Dunston were looking to continue one of a few good cup runs they’ve had this season, having already made the Durham Challenge Cup final.

It was a less than lively start to the game but just ten minutes in, Dunston were awarded a penalty after Luke Gilhespy needlessly tripped Thear in the box. Fitzpatrick stepped up and buried the spot kick in the bottom-left corner despite Jordan Harkess diving the right way.

Gilhespy almost redeemed himself three minutes later but he headed wide on the end of the corner.

Dunston doubled their lead in the 14th minute through Thear. The winger beat Callum Munro on the left before lobbing Harkess one-on-one.

Thear nearly got his second of the night six minutes later when his header from a corner was just saved by Harkess and cleared away.

Seaham’s only real chance between then and half time came when Lee Hetherington fired over on the edge of the box in the 25th minute.

The visitors got their third of the night in the 41st minute when Pearson made a great run on the right to fire home unmarked from close range on the end of a good ball from the left.

Four minutes into the second half, Dunston nearly got a fourth when Thear’s powerful effort took a deflection off substitute Bradley Staunch before a brilliant save by Harkess to the right.

Seaham came close in the 52nd minute when Munro played a good ball through to Carl Lawson and his shot was pushed over by keeper Niall Harrison.

Substitute Alex Ramshaw then came close for the hosts 17 minutes later, but his effort was cleared off the line.

The last chance of the game came in the 85th minute when Dunston substitute Matteo Faiola’s free kick brought about a brilliant save from Harkess to the left.

After the match manager Craig Lynch said: “It was like we came here for a testimonial match not the quarter-final of the cup, which is very hard to take.

“We gave away three goals. How do you deal with that? How can you get back in it?”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Howe, Gilhespy (Staunch 45), Chapman (c), Croft, Johnston (Bailey 59), Lawson, Hetherington, Price, Scott (Ramshaw 45).

Booked: Munro

Subs not used: Hodgson and Galbraith.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Marrs, Pollock, Hall, Halliday, Stafford, Pearson, Burrell (c), Heslop (Faiola 81), Thear, Fitzpatrick (Martin 67).

Booked: Thear

Subs not used: Elliott, Grant and Lowther.

Attendance: 103

Seaham smash Darlington RA in Northern League Cup tie

Darlington RA away

Ebac Northern League Cup Round 2

Darlington Railway Athletic 0-4 Seaham Red Star

Prudhoe 9 Scorer 60 Bird 61 Hodgson 86

Seaham Red Star progressed to the third round of the Ebac Northern League Cup with a dominant 4-0 victory over Darlington Railway Athletic yesterday evening.

There were some unfamiliar names on the scoresheet with new signing Bailey Prudhoe scoring on debut, and rare goals coming from David Scorer and Liam Hodgson.

Captain Robbie Bird scored the other goal for Chris McCabe’s side, in what was a brilliant night for the Star.

17-year-olds Bailey Prudhoe and Harry Johnson were added to an injury-hit Seaham side on loan from Sunderland and Spennymoor Town respectively ahead of the game while the hosts, who sit 20th in Division 2, could only name three substitutes.

The visitors’ pace troubled RA from the start, and it only took nine minutes for them to take the lead.

Alex Ramshaw made a good run on the right and his pinpoint ball was backheeled by Prudhoe past keeper Paul Griffiths with class.

Five minutes later, Seaham were awarded a penalty after Thomas Scott was brought down, but Aaron Croft’s penalty was poor and kept out by Griffiths to his right as a result.

The home side only really threatened on one occasion when in the 25th minute Dominic Joynes got the ball in space only for him to shoot straight at Jordan Harkess.

The Star came incredibly close to doubling their lead five minutes later when Scott hit the crossbar.

After the break, Seaham’s dominance continued and they doubled their lead 15 minutes into the half.

Scorer’s free header on the end of a corner was cleared off the line, but the centre-half smashed the rebound into the top corner.

The visitors started to run away with the game as just moments later Bird cut in from the left and buried the ball into the bottom-right to make it 3-0.

McCabe’s side sealed the victory three minutes from time when substitute Hodgson beat a defender and slotted home in the bottom-left corner.

Following the win, McCabe said: “I’m pleased with the performance. I thought we dominated the game and should’ve really scored more goals, but after a disappointing defeat on Friday it was basically come here and get a positive result which we did.

“It’s always nice to win a game of football after you’ve just been beat.

“It gives the lads a bit more of a g-up for Saturday at home to Ashington.”

The full interview with McCabe can be found here.

Darlington Railway Athletic: Griffiths, McLachlan, Flounders (Grocott 72), Peel, Reaks, Donaldson(c), Guthrie, Harrison, Joynes, Wilson (Atkinson), Sims.

Booked: Griffiths and Flounders

Unused sub: Duggan

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Galbraith, Croft, Johnston (Johnson), Ramshaw, Prudhoe (Hodgson 68), Bird(c), Scott (Bramley 57).

Unused subs: Bailey and Patton