Athletic Reserves lose out in extra time

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AN exciting North East Amateur Challenge Shield tie saw Ponteland United Reserves battle past North Shields Athletic Reserves 3-2 after extra time.

Pont took the lead in the first half with a penalty from Ryan Murphy, with Dan Haggerston equalising in the second half for Shields.

Pont’s star man Daniel Mupungu almost capped an excellent performance with a 25-yard strike in the dying minutes of normal time, but the ball hit the upright.

Mupungu, however, got his reward midway through the first period of extra time, putting Ponteland 2-1 up, and Darren Parkes added a third before the turnaround.

Sean Millington ran through to give Shields hope with five minutes to go, but it was not enough and Pont will play Stobswood in the semi-final on Saturday.

Walker Central Reserves got their John Hampson Memorial Trophy campaign off to a winning start with a 3-2 win over Wardley.

Sam Grievson, Mark McDonnell and assistant manager Steven Vickers were on target for Walker, with Carl Clarke and Brad Nicholson scoring for Wardley.

Kenton Bar Community and Lindisfarne Athletic are in a strong position in the Neville Cowey Cup after both made it two wins out of two.

Lindisfarne saw off Chemfica Reserves at a very wet Rising Sun, with man of the match Peter Lowery scoring the only goal.

Kenton Bar Community beat Newcastle Medicals by the odd goal in seven.

Ross Brown, John Steel and Mark Tobin scored for Medicals, but Gary Winter and Grant Raynor were on the scoresheet for Kenton Bar, with John Chaplin bagging a brace to give them the points.