Last updated at 08:08, Wednesday, 22 January 2014
PONTELAND United made light of West Allotment Celtic to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Northumberland FA Minor Cup.
Last season’s Senior Benevolent Bowl finalists returned from their travel to the Division Two outfit with a 4-1 victory.
Andrew Davidson came close early on, but United did take the lead on 15 minutes courtesy of striker Craig Cook.
Liam Anderson played a ball into the feet of his strike partner, and Cook brushed off his marker to find the bottom corner.
In a move similar to the opening goal, Cook extended the lead three minutes later as he prodded the ball home at the second attempt.
Ponteland should have been out of sight on 20 minutes when Davidson picked out Anderson in front of goal, but somehow he failed to connect when a tap in was needed.
The miss was pounced upon immediately as Celtic reduced arrears on the counter attack soon after, Sean Allen waiting at the back post to send home a well placed, side footed volley.
But Ponteland’s nerves were settled five minutes into the second period, Davidson firing home following excellent work by the industrious Stephen Rae in the middle of the field.
Their passage into the final eight was confirmed when Anderson got reward for another top performance, shooting home with 30 minutes to go.
On an adjoining pitch, United’s reserves ended a disappointing run as a Garreth Brack scored the only goal in a narrow win over Tynemouth.
First published at 07:40, Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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