South Shields U18s 3-2 Chorley U18s: Brilliant youngsters into first round
South Shields’ youngsters shone under the lights at Mariners Park on Wednesday as they qualified for the first round of the FA Youth Cup.
The young Mariners defeated Chorley 3-2 after displaying tremendous grit in front of a healthy crowd.
They will host Macclesfield Town in the first round of the competition.
Shields got off to a perfect start and opened the scoring in the fourth minute.
Bailey Judson got in down the left flank and his superb cross was turned in by Will McCamley as he picked out the bottom corner.
The Mariners continued their bright start and almost went two ahead when Sam Hodgson was found by Judson and forced a low save out of goalkeeper Liam Doyle.
Chorley almost equalised when Sope Awe was denied by tremendous blocks from Jordan Patterson and Adam Onarbay.
Shields had most of the best opportunities, though, and went close again when Judson had a low effort saved by Doyle, and Onarbay sent another effort wide from a corner.
Taylor Brickell was Chorley’s biggest threat and he almost forced an equaliser when he fired the ball across the face of goal and two players narrowly failed to convert it.
Shields goalkeeper Jacob Bramley saved a further shot from Brickell, who did level things up on the stroke of half-time as he brilliantly tricked his way through before producing a composed finish.
It was a major blow for the Mariners, but they responded brilliantly at the start of the second half.
They reclaimed the lead when McCamley drove superbly down the right flank and squared the ball for Olly Scott to turn home.
Scott quickly added his second when he got on the end of an Ethan Biwer through ball after a fine move and beat Doyle with a low finish.
Substitute Josh Croft almost made it four as he had a header brilliantly blocked, before Chorley pulled one back when a free-kick from Brickell took a deflection before beating Shields goalkeeper Jacob Bramley.
Less than a minute later, a Brickell effort narrowly cleared the crossbar as the Magpies searched for an equaliser.
Croft had a shot cleared off the line and Michael Colquhoun also went close late on as the Mariners saw the game out well.
It was another superb victory for Lee Picton and Graham Fenton’s side as they booked a first round tie with Macclesfield.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Bramley, Biwer (c), Lockey, Carney (Minchella 75), Patterson, Onarbay (Croft 45+9), McCamley, Elcoate, Hodgson (Colquhoun 56), Scott, Judson. Subs not used: Ames, Green.
Goals: McCamley (4), Scott (47, 53).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.