Tadcaster Albion 0-4 South Shields: Mariners progress in Integro Cup
South Shields progressed to the second round of the Integro Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win at Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday.
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.
The Mariners will look to continue their winning momentum when they host Basford United on Saturday in the league.
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).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Bob Scott.