Hammond the spot-kick hero as Bay A win cup

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WHITLEY Bay A goalkeeper Michael Hammond was the hero for his side as they won the Northern Alliance Kicks Leisure League Challenge Cup final 5-4 on penalties.

Hammond pulled off two saves in the shoot-out then stepped up and fired in the winning spot-kick.

The Bay keeper had also pulled off a stunning save to deny Heaton Stannington a last-gasp winner in the dying seconds of the second period of extra time.

The tie had finished 2-2 after extra time.

Craig Smith had fired in from the penalty spot to give the Seahorses a 33rd minute lead but Ben Telford levelled in the 57th minute when he cut in from the right and struck a fine drive into the top corner from just outside the box.

Alex Redfern restored the Whitley Bay A advantage five minutes into the first period of extra time.

But with the clock ticking down, Gary Dixon showed nerves of steel to fire in a last minute penalty that took the final to the thrilling shoot-out.

But it was Bay who came through to win the game at Killingworth’s Amberley Park.

Heaton Stannington are still chasing the league title which Whitley Bay A are in third place in the premier division.