NORTH Shields manager Graham Fenton thought his side put up a fight before going down 2-0 in their Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final tie against Ashington.
However, the boss acknowledged that his side had been on the wrong end of two pieces of quality which resulted in the two decisive strikes from Glen Taylor and Andrew Johnson.
Fenton said: “Quality shows at the end – that’s the only way to describe it.
“We missed our chances and got punished, and the two bits of quality in the game were in the Ashington side.
“Ultimately you have got to show quality in the box and we didn’t show enough and they did.
“I thought we played particularly well in the first half. but as the cliché goes, ‘goals change games’.
“We played possibly better in between the boxes, but that doesn’t win you games.
“I thought it was a little bit harsh on the lads, they put up a fight, but Ashington deserved to win.”
Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at the Daren Persson Stadium has earned Ashington a place in the final against Whitley Bay at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.