Shildon AFC Reach Second Successive County Cup Final
Shildon AFC reached the final of the Durham Challenge Cup for the 2nd year running with a 2 – 1 away win at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
Tonight’s game was a re-run of last season’s final which the Railwaymen won by the same 2 – 1 score line at Billingham Synthonia’s ground on Good Friday.
Both side have made light work of reaching this stage of the competition as neither side had conceded a goal, with Spennymoor able to play every round at home at the Brewery Field.
Shildon stunned Moors with an early goal on just 7 minutes when Mark Doninger picked up the ball unchallenged and fired home a low right foot shot from 20 yards.
On 22 minutes Paul Connor was clean through for the second time with Moors advancing keeper Luke Coddington bringing him down for a clear penalty which Lee Scroggins tucked away for 2 – 0 to the visitors.
Half Time: Spennymoor Town 0 Shildon AFC 2
Moors looked far more threatening in the 2nd half and on 53 minutes they pulled a goal back in a goalmouth scramble with Liam Henderson, Michael Roberts and Anthony Peacock all having shots blocked before Peacock forced the ball home from 6 yards.
Despite all the home side’s pressure they didn’t seriously trouble the Shildon defence apart from a John McReady shot on 62 minutes and in the final minute the same player McReady forced Shildon keeper to pull off a one handed save.
Final Score: Spennymoor Town 1 Shildon AFC 2
Goalscorers: Doninger 7, Scroggins 23.
Subs: Richardson for Brackstone 61, Rae for Wood 67, Ellison for Doninger 79.
Bookings: (Y) Moore 45, Jones 88.
After the match manager Gary Forrest said “We dug in and defended well as a team. I thought the two centre halves were outstanding tonight”.
The final will be played at the Hetton Centre on Good Friday
1) Kyle Hayes
2) Jamie Harwood
3) John Brackstone
4) Lee Scroggins
5) Carl Jones
6) Daniel Moore
7) Mark doninger
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Paul Connor
10) Ben wood
11) Billy Greulich-Smith
12) Michael Rae on for Wood
14) Lee Chapman
15) Darren Craddock
16) Marc Ellison on for Doninger
17) Darren Richardson on for Brackstone