Goals ga­lore as cup starts with a bang

Sunday Sun - - Football -

NEW­CAS­TLE Univer­sity went a lit­tle goal-crazy in the open­ing round of the Team Val­ley Car­pets Chal­lenge Cup.

The Stu­dents, re­cently in­stalled as Premier Divi­sion lead­ers, dis­missed sec­ond-placed New­cas­tle Blue Star in em­phatic fash­ion as Lee Scott bagged a four-goal haul in a de­struc­tive 9-1 win.

That came af­ter they’d handed Blue Star a first-minute lead via Martin Soulsby; other replies came cour­tesy of an own-goal, Keith Douglas, Olly Walden, Niza Chilu­fya and Jonathon Ben­nett.

AFC Killing­worth came close to match­ing that when they hosted, and dis­man­tled, Whit­ley Bay A.

Liam Hud­son scored four in their 8-1 win as Mal­colm Morien, Kon­ner Lamb, Liam Har­ris and a first of the season for Scott Bam­bor­ough saw the hosts home, Chris Zolden re­ply­ing.

New Ford­ley beat vis­i­tors Gateshead Ruther­ford 5-1, Jor­dan Wat­son scor­ing twice while New­cas­tle Chem­fica de­feated vis­it­ing Shankhouse 5-2, Sam Grieve­son with a dou­ble.

Al­nwick beat vis­i­tors FC United 4-3, Paul Muers with two for the hosts, but United had a goal dis­al­lowed with the last kick. Paul Dunn bagged a brace in Seaton Delaval’s 4-3 win at Percy Main.

The re­main­ing Chal­lenge Cup ties saw a Michael Butcher brace help North Shields Ath­letic win 3-2 at Pon­te­land; Gateshead A won 3-1 at home to Walling­ton.

In the Com­bi­na­tion Cup, Win­la­ton shocked un­de­feated league lead­ers Blyth Town 3-1 in ex­tra time af­ter equal­is­ing in the last minute, Finn Gibson with both late goals, while Felling’s game at home to Blyth Re­serves went all the way to spot-kicks, the vis­i­tors win­ning 4-2 on pens.

Both Red Row and Seaton Burn won 4-2 at home, Wallsend Boys Club and Gos­forth Bo­hemi­ans their re­spec­tive vic­tims; a Jack Pinchen brace can­celled out Jonathon McGreary’s dou­ble as For­est Hall won 3-2 at Heb­burn U23s.

Culler­coats beat Wallsend Com­mu­nity 2-0 while an Adam Greenwood goal se­cured Prud­hoe Youth Club’s win at Bedling­ton.

In the Am­a­teur Cup, Sec­ond Divi­sion lead­ers Jes­mond edged a nine-goal thriller at home to Whit­burn; Roth­bury beat Whit­ley SC 5-0, Michael Old with a hat-trick.

Blyth FC won 6-3 at Cram­ling­ton Town, Joe Mo­scrop with a dou­ble, while both Elling­ton and Sto­b­swood won 3-2 on the road, at Wideopen and Cram­ling­ton United re­spec­tively.

The re­main­ing cup matches saw Seghill win 2-1 at Bur­radon, Gateshead Red­heugh won 2-1 at Willing­ton Quay Saints and a goal at the death from Jak Croucher saw Coundon steal vic­tory when away to Spit­tal Rovers.

PETER MANN

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