All square at the end of 90 minutes today in a goalless draw and a replay on Tuesday at RA's Brinkburn Road ground, DL3 9LF for satnavers, kick-off 7.30pm. Little to enthuse about the game, and the loss of Ramsey due to a bad tackle after 25 minutes was a blow, that followed an earlier incident of studs down his ankle that went unpunished, Shields lacked guile and penetration to get past a resolute RA defence that was overly physical at times, and the finishing touch was absent on three first half occasions, when chances were not taken. However no Peter Kane or Jonny Wightman were available, Tony Coe suspended and David Colvin injured all told their tale, what was available upfront toiled manfully but failed to make their mark. Feasey wide left made some fine contributions but lacked support when it counted. The second half was a lack lustre affair, and a most uncharacteristic miss by skipper Barclay in the 93rd minute, with virtually the last kick of the match. A splendid through ball to him was cleanly collected and with a fine turn around the goalkeeper with a empty net beckoning from some 15 yards left of the penalty spot, he powered a drive inches wide of the right post, when he had time to pick his spot, and the chance to wrap things up was unfortunately gone .....On reflection, in view of recent happenings, Shields it can be said are fortunate to have a team and a ground on which to play, and are still in it and have a second chance to put things right on Tuesday.
1. Barlow, 2. Smith, 3. Fenwick, 4. Rue, 5. Bell, 6. Feasey, 7. Scott, 8. Chapim, 9. Ramsey, 10. Barclay ( capt ) 11. Cunningham, Subs. 12. Kane, 14. Edwards, 15. Wilson, 16. Talbot. Subs used Kane, Wilson and Talbot.