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DARLINGTON RA 5 : SOUTH SHIELDS 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:36 am
As the old cliche goes its a funny old game, and no one would really believe that it was the same two teams contesting this match, but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and this game this evening is in that category. A beautiful evening made for a football match, and an FA Cup Tie replay at that with plenty at stake. A crowd in three figures was present. The game was even until the 15th minute when Wightman sent a high ball in from the right wing which went into the far top corner, and evaded the best efforts of the goalkeeper to prevent Shields opening the scoring. Five minutes later another good cross from Wightman was met by Feasey, but his effort was just wide in what was a fast moving game and proving to be a good match. A chance fell to RA in the next minute but the shot was wide. Peter Kane doubled Shields score on 20 with an accurate powerful header through a crowded goal area. However RA responded immediately with a stunning free kick from some 30 yards diagonal right which flew into the unguarded far top corner of the net, a noteworthy strike to put the home side back in it. Straight from the second half resumption a free kick to Shields was met by Bell and with a looping header over the goalkeeper gave Shields back their two goal cushion. Less than five minutes later Wightman made it four with a well placed header from Feasey, and Shields looked to have the game sewn up and in control. On 60 a header eluded Barlow to reduce the arrears and gave RA a lift, who five minutes later produced another goal, this time an error on his and the defence's part. On 70 Wightman collected a fine ball from Kane and cracked home a fifth goal for Shields into the bottom corner to make the score now 3 : 5 - all over ....? Not a bit of it, more was to come. In the 80th minute a poor clearance fell to an RA player who crashed it into the net from close range to make the score an unreal 4 : 5. On 85 Feasey made it 4 : 6 when he ran through the defence and finished well with a good shot. Barlow then redeemed himself with a good save on 87 as RA tried manfully to save the tie , and in the 88th got a fifth when the Shields goalkeeper made a hash of a take and presented them with a soft goal. Sub Paul Kane had a real chance almost on time but put his shot wide of the target. So, after a dullish goalless draw at Filtrona four days previous, we were all regaled with a veritable goalfest, eleven in all. It has to be said that all the six Shields goals were good efforts, and three of the RA's replies were down to errors and poor defending by the back four and the keeper. To be 4 : 1 in the lead at one stage and be then pegged back tells a story of a poor close season, less than adequate training and low fitness levels. RA to their credit never gave up, ran and harried non stop, perhaps over physical on occasion, but certainly enthusiastic and gave Shields a real game. Exciting and entertaining yes indeed, a real old fashioned cup tie to reflect on, but its Shields who go through, with work to do to catch up in training, keeping shape and sorting out defensive undoings. RA recently beat Darlington 1883 2 : 1 in front of a 750 gate, so will make their mark in Div 2 this season no doubt about it.
1. Kyle Barlow. 2. Barrie Smith. 3. Ricky Fenwick. 4. Chris Rue. 5. Lee Bell. 6. Chris Scott. 7. Gilberto Chapim. 8. Jonny Wightman. 9. Peter Kane. 10. Andy Barclay ( capt ). 11. Chris Feasey. Subs. 12. Paul Talbot. 13. Paul Kane. 14. Dan Wilson. 15. Richardson Cunningham. 16. Tim Edwards. Subs used - Talbot, Kane on 75 for Fenwick and Kane. MOM Chapim.
So, well played Shields, and job done, in spite of a few wobbles.....