Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Ch­ester-le-Street se­cured their first cup suc­cess since join­ing the North­ern League in the 1980s on Satur­day.

The Cestrians lifted the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion’s Ernest Arm­strong Me­mo­rial Cup, fol­low­ing a 2-0 fi­nal vic­tory over Ry­ton & Crawcrook Al­bion at neu­tral Con­sett.

There were half-chances at ei­ther end, but Colin Wake’s Ch­ester side forged ahead on 23 min­utes, when they counter-at­tacked well and the move ended with An­drew Clark­son head­ing home past goal­keeper Dar­ren Houghton.

The game ebbed and flowed, be­fore, on 57 min­utes, Ry­ton were awarded a penalty when Ma­son Stephen­son was brought down by Con­nor Lyon in the box and the ref­eree im­me­di­ately pointed to the spot.

How­ever, goal­keeper Jack Wil­son com­fort­ably saved Cal­lum Turn­bull’s spot­kick, div­ing low to his right, to keep Ch­ester ahead.

The Cestrians de­fended well to main­tain their clean sheet, and they breathed a huge sigh of re­lief in the third minute of stop­page time when Dan McGuire raced through and slot­ted the ball into the bot­tom corner of the net to clinch a 2-0 suc­cess.

Dun­ston UTS were beaten by Con­sett in last month’s Durham Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal.

But they en­sured glory of their own by edg­ing a 1-0 win over Bishop Auck­land in the Brooks Mile­son League Cup Fi­nal at Con­sett.

Af­ter a goal­less first half, and a game of very few clearcut chances, it took un­til the 77th minute for the dead­lock to be bro­ken, when Dale Bur­rell fired in from a tight an­gle past goal­keeper Gareth Young.

Two min­utes later, the Tynesiders were awarded a penalty, but goal­keeper Young saved well from Mark Fitz­patrick’s spot-kick.

Bish­ops, though, could not force an equaliser in the re­main­ing time, al­low­ing Dun­ston to cel­e­brate.

Ch­ester-le-Street Town cel­e­brate af­ter their 2-0 Ernest Arm­strong Me­mo­rial Cup fi­nal win over Ry­ton & Crawcrook Al­bion at Con­sett. Pic­tures by Gary Welford.

An­drew Clark­son cel­e­brates putting Ch­ester-le-Street 1-0 up in their fi­nal.

Dale Bur­rell hits Dun­ston UTS’s win­ner against Bishop Auck­land

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