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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Wylam enjoy shootout triumph

A FAULTLESS performance in a penalty shootout booked Wylam’s place in the final four of the Northumberland FA Sunday Minor Cup.

Putting away all five of their penalties, they made their way to the semi-finals of the county cup by winning the shootout with Morpeth Sunday League side Stobswood Welfare 5-4.

Michael Gilroy, Graeme Hudspith, David Gilroy, Paul Turbitt and Ant MacDonald all showed ice cool nerves to convert from 12 yards out and put the onus on their hosts.

And it was over to their debutant goalkeeper, appropriately named Johnny Hands, to secure the glory for the Hexham Sunday League leaders as he capped off a man of the match display by saving from Welfare.

In their first competitive game for nine weeks, their task was not helped when they were reduced to 10 men after an hour after Jamie Crichton was given his marching orders.

But the reduced numbers rallied together to take the tie to pens, Dom Walsh and Dan Beresford finding the back of the net as the game ended 2-2 after extra time.

With the wet weather leading to another reduced programme, only two games locally went ahead and both were in the Mick Simmons Trophy.

In A Division, second division Warden Boatside held Division One visitors Allendale to a 2-2 draw courtesy of goals from Ian Rogerson and Ryan Morris. For Allendale, Jake Shephard and Stewy Bell were on target.

In B Division, Hexham Hearts picked up the points as they defeated Swinburne Arms Stamfordham 5-3.