Colne 1-0 South Shields: Mariners eliminated from Emirates FA Cup
South Shields were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage after losing 1-0 at Colne in a tight replay on Tuesday.
There was little to split the two teams over 180 minutes of action across the tie, but Waqas Azam’s second half strike at Holt House meant it was the hosts who progressed.
Josh Gillies had earlier seen a penalty saved for the Mariners, who must now turn their focus back to the league.
Shields made two changes from the team which drew 0-0 with Colne at Mariners Park three days earlier, with Jason Gilchrist and Millenic Alli brought into the starting line-up.
They started brightly and had their first sighter of goal when Gilchrist held the ball up well on the left of the box and pulled it back to Nathan Lowe, who blasted an effort not far over from just outside the area.
Colne did have an increased influence on proceedings as the first half progressed, with long throws by Lee Pugh one of their most potent weapons.
One of them was headed wide by Sefton Gonzales and another was pushed over the bar by Myles Boney as Colne attempted to put their visitors under pressure.
A sweet strike from distance by Azam also whistled wide, and another chance came for the home side as a loose backpass played in Gonzales, but Boney narrowed the angle well to make the save.
The resulting corner was set to drop under the crossbar before being pushed over it by Boney, and then Andrew Hollins headed wide as Colne’s good spell continued.
Shields were restricted to efforts from distance in the latter stages of the first half, with Gillies and Alli both off target with their strikes.
They were much improved at the start of the second half, though, and after home goalkeeper Hakan Burton had denied Gilchrist, the Mariners kept the ball alive and Lowe was tripped in the box.
Gillies stepped up to take the penalty, but Burton kept out his low spot-kick as the game remained goalless.
That appeared to give the hosts added impetus, and they fired a warning with another long throw which Shields managed to scramble clear.
The hosts did break the deadlock shortly after the hour, though, as a ball across from the left flank found its way to Azam, who rifled it into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Shields introduced Jon Shaw, Craig Baxter and Lee Mason from the bench, with Shaw being pushed up-front.
They began to offer a greater threat, with a decent effort from distance by Alli well saved by Burton before he was replaced by Mason.
Mason was almost played in on goal by a flick-on from Shaw, but a last-ditch tackle prevented the forward getting an effort in.
Shields’ momentum was growing and they went close again when an attempted clearance by home captain Alex Coleman hit the top of his own bar, before Gillies had a powerful effort deflected wide and Dillon Morse was denied by Burton.
Colne’s defence remained unbreached, though, and they survived four minutes of stoppage time to take their place in the second qualifying round.
Shields return to league action away to Matlock Town on Saturday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Boney, Hunter (Baxter 66), Adams (c), Turnbull, Morse, Brown, Gillies, Lowe, Gilchrist, Thurston (Shaw 66), Alli (Mason 71). Subs not used: Coombe, Wokoma, Guy.