Shildon AFC Reach Second Successive County Cup Final
Shildon AFC reached the final of the Durham Challenge Cup for the 2nd year running with a 2 – 1 away win at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
Tonight’s game was a re-run of last season’s final which the Railwaymen won by the same 2 – 1 score line at Billingham Synthonia’s ground on Good Friday.
Both side have made light work of reaching this stage of the competition as neither side had conceded a goal, with Spennymoor able to play every round at home at the Brewery Field.
Shildon stunned Moors with an early goal on just 7 minutes when Mark Doninger picked up the ball unchallenged and fired home a low right foot shot from 20 yards.
On 22 minutes Paul Connor was clean through for the second time with Moors advancing keeper Luke Coddington bringing him down for a clear penalty which Lee Scroggins tucked away for 2 – 0 to the visitors.
Half Time: Spennymoor Town 0 Shildon AFC 2
Moors looked far more threatening in the 2nd half and on 53 minutes they pulled a goal back in a goalmouth scramble with Liam Henderson, Michael Roberts and Anthony Peacock all having shots blocked before Peacock forced the ball home from 6 yards.
Despite all the home side’s pressure they didn’t seriously trouble the Shildon defence apart from a John McReady shot on 62 minutes and in the final minute the same player McReady forced Shildon keeper to pull off a one handed save.
Final Score: Spennymoor Town 1 Shildon AFC 2
Goalscorers: Doninger 7, Scroggins 23.
Subs: Richardson for Brackstone 61, Rae for Wood 67, Ellison for Doninger 79.
Bookings: (Y) Moore 45, Jones 88.
Man-of-the-Match: A joint decision: Bobby Moore & Carl Jones.
After the match manager Gary Forrest said “We dug in and defended well as a team. I thought the two centre halves were outstanding tonight”.
The final will be played at the Hetton Centre on Good Friday
The Brewery Field
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