South Shields Football Club is delighted to announce the permanent signing of goalkeeper Myles Boney.
Boney is the club’s first summer arrival after making a real impression in a season-long loan spell at Mariners Park in 2019-20.
He joined Shields on a temporary basis from League One side Blackpool last summer and went on to appear 37 times as a key part of a team which was 12 points clear at the top of the NPL Premier Division table before the season was curtailed.
Landing Boney on a permanent deal was one of the Mariners’ key summer priorities and the 22-year-old was also hugely keen to return to South Tyneside.
He said: “I’m very excited to be a South Shields player again.
“It was a very easy decision for me after the good season I enjoyed here on loan.
“From the moment I joined last summer I felt very welcome and loved the place, the staff and the players.
“The fans also took to me really well and if the fans, players and staff like you, you get a very homely feeling.
“When the opportunity came about to come back on a permanent basis it was a no-brainer, and I’m buzzing to be part of things moving forward.”
Shields are on course to be back in competitive action in mid-September, with the NPL Premier Division hoping to be given the green light to resume.
The frustration of last season’s efforts not resulting in promotion was felt hard by players and staff, but there appears little doubt that feeling will act as a huge driving force as the Mariners look to hit the ground running in 2020-21.
Boney added: “We’ve got massive motivation to do well again.
“Things happen in life that you can’t help and that aren’t necessarily anyone’s fault, and we just have to go again.
“We’ve got to go back out and do what we were doing last season even better.
“To win promotion this season would feel even sweeter having felt that disappointment, and that’s definitely the goal for us.”
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.
The Mariners are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Stalybridge Celtic in the BetVictor Northern Premier Division.
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).
Goalkeeper Myles Boney has joined South Shields on a season-long loan from League One side Blackpool.
The 21-year-old came through the ranks of his hometown club and has made six first-team appearances for the Tangerines.
He has also enjoyed loan spells with Nantwich Town and Solihull Moors over recent seasons.
Boney will now be expected to compete for the number one shirt at Mariners Park with Liam Connell and Ross Coombe, who joined the club earlier this summer.
South Shields joint manager Lee Picton said: “We are delighted to bring Myles into the club.
“Myles has been a full-time professional at Blackpool for the last four years and brings with him all the credentials required to provide genuine competition for the number one shirt.
“I’ve been massively impressed with him as a young man during the many conversations we’ve had over the last couple of weeks.
“He is young, hungry and determined to make an impact at the club, and I greatly look forward to seeing him, Liam and Ross push each other and improve each other over the coming months.
“We are extremely fortunate to now have three very high-quality senior goalkeepers at the club.”
Picture courtesy of Blackpool FC.