South Shields were eliminated from the Integro Cup after a second half comeback from Morpeth Town at Mariners Park.

The Mariners came from behind to lead 2-1 at half-time with goals from Lee Mason and Sefton Gonzales.

But Morpeth turned the game around again to go 3-2 ahead and Shields had a mountain to climb when, after having used all three substitutes, midfielder Arron Thompson was forced off with a head injury.

The Highwaymen struck twice more in the closing stages as they booked their place in the fourth round.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Whitley, Hunter (Baxter 46), Charlton, Turnbull (c), Verstraaten, Brown, Gillies (Briggs 70), Thompson, Gonzales (Gilchrist 70), Lowe, Mason. Sub not used: Ross.

Goals: Mason (20), Gonzales (29).

Attendance: 479.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.

Sefton Gonzales and Myles Boney were the stars of the show as South Shields overcame Dunston in dramatic circumstances to reach the third round of the Integro Cup.

The Mariners fell a goal behind 11 minutes into the second half and faced an uphill task against a Dunston side growing in confidence.

However, an onslaught in the final 20 minutes eventually bore fruit three minutes into stoppage time as a towering header from Gonzales forced a penalty shoot-out.

Robert Briggs missed the first penalty for the Mariners but there were no mistakes after that, with Sam Hodgson netting what proved to be the winning spot-kick before Boney made the second of two terrific saves in the shoot-out to book Shields a spot in round three, where they will host Morpeth Town.

Dunston started the game the brighter of the two sides as they adapted to the conditions more quickly.

They had an opportunity as early as the third minute when Jack Elliott pounced on a Shields mistake at the back, but his effort was always rising and comfortably cleared Boney’s crossbar.

The home side went close again when Mark Fitzpatrick got in down the right of Shields’ penalty area and fired a low ball across which begged a touch, but Liam Thear was unable to get on the end of it.

Dunston hit the woodwork twice in the first half, with the first occasion coming when Elliott advanced down the right and got into a shooting position before his shot hit a defender and cannoned against the post.

The goal frame was rattled again on the half hour mark when Fitzpatrick got on the end of a flick and impressively turned before firing against the top of the bar.

The hosts again looked set to score soon after when the ball broke to Michael Pearson in the box, but this time Boney was on hand to make a tremendous save with his feet and keep his side on level terms.

The Mariners improved after surviving those scares and had a decent chance to take the lead themselves after Gonzales was given a sight of goal on the edge of the box, but his low effort was held by Dunston goalkeeper Niall Harrison.

Dunston took the lead in controversial circumstances in the 56th minute as Pearson’s stud-first challenge on Boney went unpunished and the ball broke to Fitzpatrick, who slid it into the bottom corner.

Shields truly hit their stride in the last 20 minutes as they pressurised their hosts with wave after wave of attacks.

Harrison just beat Gonzales to the ball in a tight chase, Dillon Morse headed over and Lee Mason had a powerful effort brilliantly saved as the pressure was cranked up.

When another superb stop from Harrison denied Mason with seven minutes left time appeared to be running out for the Mariners, until the breakthrough arrived in the third minute of stoppage time.

Craig Baxter swung in a free-kick from 10 yards inside the Dunston half and Gonzales rose highest to nod the ball home and take the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Shields brought Briggs on specifically to take a penalty but he sent the first effort of the shoot-out wide.

That miss was cancelled out when Dunston’s fourth spot-kick, taken by Liam Marrs, was brilliantly kept out by the outstretched hand of Boney.

Both sides scored their next two penalties before substitute Hodgson gave Shields a 6-5 advantage which they retained when Boney blocked Callum Elliott’s spot-kick with his knee to seal his team’s place in round three.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Boney, Hunter, Charlton, Verstraaten, Morse, Brown (Thompson 46) (Briggs 90+4), Baxter (c), Ross, Gonzales, Gillies (Hodgson 70), Mason. Subs not used: Guy, Gilchrist.

Goal: Gonzales (90+3).

Attendance: 345.

South Shields progressed to the second round of the Integro Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win at Tadcaster Albion.

Lee Mason fired the Mariners into a first half lead which they stretched in the second half with strikes from Jason Gilchrist, Robert Briggs and Jordan Annear.

Shields handed first starts to goalkeeper Ross Coombe and striker Annear at the i2i Stadium, and they were part of a strong line-up as five changes were made to the team which won 2-1 at Matlock Town three days earlier.

They started on the front foot, where they would stay for the remainder of the first round tie.

The Mariners almost took the lead as early as the fifth minute as a free-kick from deep on the right by Adam Thurston hit the leg of home goalkeeper Aaron Burn and fizzed to Gilchrist, who diverted the ball inches past the post.

Thurston and Annear also had efforts at goal before the Mariners opened the scoring on 25 minutes.

Briggs collected the ball in midfield and sprayed a tremendous ball forward which Mason controlled on his chest before rifling into the top corner via the crossbar.

Shields had a number of opportunities in the latter stages of the half, but were unable to add to the scoring.

Dillon Morse was denied at point-blank range by Burn after a Briggs corner fell to him and a goalbound effort from Mason was deflected wide after impressive work on the right by Jordan Hunter.

The visitors would have to wait until the 56th minute to extend their advantage.

The goal arrived following a well-worked move from left to right which concluded as Annear played the ball across the area to Gilchrist, who slammed it into the roof of the net from close range.

Shields suffered a blow soon after that as a hamstring injury forced Gilchrist’s withdrawal, but his replacement Millenic Alli had a superb impact from the bench as the tie was put to bed.

He won a penalty within a minute of being brought on as he beat his man brilliantly on the left and was then fouled in the area, and although Burn got a hand to Briggs’ spot-kick, he could not prevent it squeezing past him and into his right-hand corner.

Marcel Chigumira could have pulled a goal back for the home side within two minutes of that, but Coombe was on hand to deny him with his legs.

Shields continued to play some fine football and almost earned another reward as some fine play by Annear played in Briggs, who tremendously beat his man before forcing a decent stop from Burn.

The fourth goal to conclude proceedings arrived seven minutes before the end as Alli produced some superb skill to beat a defender on the right of the box before showing impressive composure to play the ball to Annear, who slotted home for his first goal in a Shields shirt.

SOUTH SHIELDS: Coombe, Hunter, Charlton, Shaw (c) (Wokoma 72), Morse, Briggs, Thurston (Turnbull 51), Baxter, Gilchrist (Alli 64), Mason, Annear. Subs not used: Boney, Gillies.

Goals: Mason (25), Gilchrist (56), Briggs (pen 66), Annear (83).

Attendance: 212.

WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Bob Scott.