Wonder goal clinches cup win for Ryton
Published at 09:06, Monday, 13 August 2012
IF late drama is your thing, then you need look no further than the annual pre-season Clayton Charity Cup.
Just days after Hexham lifted the Stan Jackson Cup with a 92nd winner versus Ponteland United, Northern League outfit Ryton and Crawcrook Albion scooped the Clayton Cup trophy with a winner one minute from time.
A wonder goal from full back David Fitzpatrick deprived holders Wallington from retaining their crown just as the teams were limbering up for a penalty shootout.
Ryton were trailing as late as the 85th minute but they rallied late on to pick up the trophy on their return to the competition after a long hiatus.
Ryton did most of the pressing in the early stages and should have sent the net rippling on a number of occasions.
On four minutes, Sean Best was played in the clear and really should have put his side ahead only to pass up the golden opportunity by finding the side netting.
Best was not living up to his surname as, after doing the hard work by squirming his way through three challenges, he again missed a sitter when positioned in front of goal.
At the other end, Wallington’s John Paxton had a similarly simple opening as he beat the offside trap but he somehow managed to send his attempt wide of the target.
The higher ranked Ryton continued to pour forward though and Mark Fitzpatrick hit an excellent shot from 20 yards which just sailed over the top.
Against the run of play, Ryton were made to rue their early spurnings when Wallington wing man Sam Walton gave the reigning champions the lead.
Good work in the middle of the park by Kyle Reardon saw the ball bounce into the path of his teammate, and he hit a brilliant, first time effort from outside the area into the far corner of the goal, giving Albion custodian John Mordey no chance.
The wind was in Wallington’s sails and Dan Thompson robbed Mordey of the ball in the box but slipped at a crucial moment to allow Stephen Crame to intercept and prevent a certain second goal.
Then emerged a personal battle between Ryton’s beanpole striker Paul Dunn and the Greens’ keeper Matthew Lees as Ryton threw everything at their Northern Alliance opponents.
Twice before the break, man of the match Lees came to the fore as he instilled huge confidence among his defenders, making some top drawer saves and commanding everything that came into the area.
The goalkeeper emerged on top three minutes after the restart when Dunn hit a great shot which was destined for the bottom corner, only to have his head in his hands again as Lees got down quickly to tip it onto the post.
Moments later, substitute Scott Palmer was unlucky to see his shot go the wrong side of the post when he lifted the ball over Lees as Ryton cranked up the pressure.
They were rewarded for their attacking intent on 52 minutes, a wicked deflection from a free kick landing on the head of unmarked centre half Crame who made no mistake from close range.
Albion then thought they had the lead when Mark Fitzpatrick dispossessed Ben Fenwick before finishing smartly, but his joy was shortlived as assistant referee Kate Brooks ruled that he had bundled his marker to the ground in the process.
David Fitzpatrick was nearly the villain of the piece on 83 minutes when he failed to connect with a routine clearance, but Crame came to the rescue as he diverted Walton’s dangerous low cross behind for a corner with Jordan Nellis lurking at the back post.
Brother Mark Fitzpatrick then tried hard to take the villainous tag away from his sibling when, just a minute later, he needlessly hauled Fenwick down off the ball when defending a corner, referee Gillian Armstrong spotting the offence and awarding a penalty.
Despite a lengthy delay in which Mordey was booked, Josh Gilmartin showed ice cool nerves to roll the ball into the bottom corner and put Wallington in the driving seat.
The lead lasted just seconds, though, the holders caught out by a quick corner which Crame again profited from as his header bounced off the crossbar and over the line.
Wallington’s dreams of keeping the trophy were smashed in the 89th minute as David Fitzpatrick controlled the ball well before firing a great strike past the despairing dive of Lees to turn the tables on their opponents.
Although downbeat at conceding so late, Wallington poured forward for one last attack and should have taken the tie to penalties, Reardon guilty of thrashing a shot wide from yards out after Mordey had kept out Nellis’ strike.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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