South Shields Academy defeated York City on penalties for the second time in little over a month in the National League Academy Cup on Wednesday.

The Mariners got the better of York on spot-kicks in the final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup after a 1-1 draw at 1st Cloud Arena in October.

History repeated itself in the Academy Cup, with goalkeeper Callum Dobson again proving to be the hero as Shields battled into the second round of the competition.

The sides played out a 1-1 draw over the 90 minutes, with Blair Rossiter’s opener for the home side cancelled out by York as they forced a shootout.

It was an impressive display by the Mariners which left the coaching staff buoyed.

Academy coach Andy Inness said: “There are lots of positive things for us to reflect on.

“We kept the ball well at times, played through the thirds really well and adapted in a good way tactically.

“York’s set-up posed us a couple of problems and we had a chat about that at half-time. The players carried out our instructions very well in the second half, which was a much more controlled performance.”

Rossiter’s goal caught the eye, with the midfielder – linking up with the Academy as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury – latching onto a ball from Joao Gomes before picking out the bottom corner. It was a fine counter-attack by the Mariners which began on the edge of their own penalty area.

Dobson saved one York penalty and almost stopped two others as Shields emerged 4-3 winners on spot-kicks, sealing their progression in what is a prestigious national competition.

The influence of Rossiter and Gomes – both part of the first-team squad – proved particularly beneficial to the group.

Inness added: “Having Blair and Joao with us is great for the rest of the players because it outlines where they can aspire to be, with both of them having progressed through the Academy themselves.

“The way they prepare for the games and carry themselves is a lesson for the younger lads, as is their work-rate on the pitch and the intensity they play at.

“It’s a great learning curve for the players and having those two with us over the last couple of weeks has raised the standards and performance levels of the Academy group.”

In the college league, meanwhile, another Shields Academy team played out a 1-1 draw with Park View. The Mariners’ goal was scored by Joseph Armstrong.

South Shields booked their place in the first round of the FA Youth Cup for the third time in four seasons with a dramatic penalty shootout win over York City at 1st Cloud Arena.

The young Mariners held a one-goal lead for much of the third qualifying round tie after Olly Cresdee’s deflected 20 yard strike gave them a 21st minute lead.

York cranked up the pressure in search of an equaliser, though, and found it from the penalty spot with just quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

The sides ultimately could not be separated over 90 minutes and the match went straight to penalties, where Callum Dobson proved to be Shields’ hero with two superb saves to seal his side’s progression into the competition proper.

The first opportunity of the night was created by the visitors when Shields half-cleared a cross from the right but the ball dropped to the feet of Jonny Haase, whose 20 yard drive was blocked by Alfie Marriott.

York went even closer in the ninth minute as Kieran Clayton wriggled into some space down the left of the area and found Kyle Lancaster, but his effort from close range struck a combination of Bryan Taylor and Harvey Smith on the line as Shields survived unscathed.

It was a difficult opening to the game for the young Mariners as they attempted to establish a foothold.

They had their first attempt at goal on 16 minutes, with Olly Cresdee’s shot from distance taking a deflection before nestling in the hands of Minstermen goalkeeper Michael Hogan.

Another speculative effort from Cresdee was nicked by a defender just minutes later, but this time it had the desired effect as the ball looped over Hogan and into the net to hand Shields the lead.

The Mariners had to defend that advantage almost immediately, with Jack Watson producing a vital headed interception in the six-yard box just as York looked set to equalise.

Just after the half-hour mark, Max Ezard thought he had levelled things up for the visitors as he powered an effort towards goal. Shields goalkeeper Dobson had other ideas, though, as he stretched to make a tremendous one-handed save before Josh Knowles sent the rebound into the side netting.

Knowles again threatened moments later, but this time Marriott got his body in the way to make a brave block.

The home side were showing tremendous resolve to defend their lead and they did so more comfortably in the closing stages of the first half as they took a one-goal advantage into the break.

Dobson was forced into action less than four minutes into the second half as he tipped an Elliot Algar free-kick over the bar.

Marriott later cleared off the line after Lancaster drove inside from the right and hit a low shot towards goal, and further opportunities came and went for the visitors when Elliot Owen and Ben Dale both headed over from corners.

Shields burst into life midway through the second half as Cresdee and James McGeorge linked up down the right. Hogan closed the angle well and made a decent save from McGeorge to prevent the hosts doubling their advantage.

York were awarded a penalty on 75 minutes as Dobson challenged substitute Jonny Shepherd, who picked himself up to convert from the spot and level the scores.

Marriott superbly blocked from Exard as York threatened to complete their comeback with a late winner, but neither side could find a crucial third goal as the tie went to penalties.

Dobson and Hogan both produced fine saves as both sides failed to convert their first spot-kick, before the next eight penalties were scored, with Charlie Walker, Luke Duffy, Smith and Cresdee notching for Shields.

As the shootout went to sudden death, Dobson made a terrific save to his right to give Jack Watson the chance to seal the win for the Mariners, which he duly took to book their place in the first round.

South Shields: Dobson, Watson, Taylor (Bell 59), Marriott, Morgan, Smith, Walker, Fletcher (Duffy 70), Waldon, McGeorge (c) (Kidd 84), Cresdee. Subs not used: Seymour, Johnstone, Scurfield, Duffy, Kidd, Thompson.

Goal: Cresdee (21).

Attendance: 391.

Image: Kev Wilson.

The excitement of the FA Youth Cup returns to 1st Cloud Arena on Thursday as South Shields aim to reach the first round.

The young Mariners have been involved in two extremely entertaining ties already in the competition, having beaten Pickering Town 5-1 and Stockton Town 4-3.

Both of those games featured a hat-trick hero, with Olly Cresdee bagging three goals against Pickering and Dan Waldon notching the same amount in the thriller with Stockton.

Academy manager Wess Brown is expecting another difficult test for the Under-18s against York, a side Shields know plenty about.

But he knows that with a strong crowd behind them – 360 fans attended the Stockton tie – anything is possible for Shields.

Brown said: “We played York in a friendly in pre-season so we know quite a lot about them.

“We have a good relationship with them and play them quite a lot, but we’ve prepared in the same way and will play the same way.

“It should be a good game because York are usually a good side.

“We know what they’re all about. They’ll be physical and run hard at us, so we need to be prepared to be patient enough to try to break them down.”

Shields have twice reached the competition proper since the club launched its Academy in the summer of 2017, making it to the second round in 2018-19 and the third round a year later.

If they are to get past York to qualify for the first round, Brown knows the importance of a strong 90-minute performance after the Mariners let a 2-0 lead slip against Stockton before regaining their composure.

He added: “We had mixed emotions. In many ways, we continued where we left off in the previous round and played really well in the first half.

“We controlled the game but everything seemed to go out of the window in the first few minutes of the second half.

“Fair play to Stockton because they came out and had a go at us, which we knew they would, but we let them back into the game.

“We showed good character to get the win in the end, though, and we will need to show similar traits again.”

Supporters are advised that kick-off on Thursday is at 7pm, rather than the previously advertised time of 7.30pm. The turnstiles will open at 5.30pm.

The team and club would hugely appreciate your support and admission prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.