After last week’s thrilling games in the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield, this week it was the turn of the Neville Cowey Cup to take centre stage, with six first round ties played.
The tie between Gosforth Bohemian Reserves and Forest Hall YPC ended all square at 2-2 after two hours, meaning the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. It was Forest Hall who held their nerve to triumph 4-3 in the shoot-out. Adam Sirett and Colin McLaughlin netted for Bohs.
Ponteland United Reserves looked down and out after Ross Brown’s brace put Newcastle Medicals 2-0 up in their tie. However strikes from Darren Parkes and Ryan Murphy turned the game on it’s head and saw Pont run out 3-2 winners.
Hazlerigg Victory returned from Newcastle East End with an 8-1 success, their third cup win on the road in as many weeks. Dale Pearson scored a hat-trick, Alex Patterson added a pair, and Kurt Blacklock, Jack Bates and Jonathan Wardle completed the scoring.
Stobswood Welfare returned to winning ways with a 5-1 victory over Newcastle Chemfica Reserves, with goals from Luke Phillips, Rob Baker, Jacob Baker (2) and Jack Henderson. Daniel Kenny netted the sole consolation for ‘Fica.
West Jesmond’s tie with Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves ended 4-2, with Stephen Callaghan and Kester Young amongst the goals.
Holders Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Reserves got their defence of the cup off to the best possible start with a 4-1 win at Bedlington Juniors.