Matt finish sends Saints into the next round

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A late strike from youngster Matty Adams sealed a place in the third round of the NFA Minor Cup for Willington Quay Saints as they came from behind to win a hotly anticipated replay against Wooler.

In the first meeting between the teams the game was unfortunately abandoned ten minutes from the end due to an ugly clash between the two teams which resulted in the referee abandoning the game.

Both teams knew they would have to be on their best behaviour in the replay.

Quay had Carl McGuire in goal for the first time this season and also gave first starts to Ben Senior and Adams as they looked to bounce back from last week’s 10-0 hammering at AFC Newbiggin.

McGuire showed his class in the opening stages with a brilliant save as he dived to tip away a fierce strike as Saints started slowly.

And just like the original game it was Wooler who took the lead as Luke Strangeways pounced on confusion in the Saints defence to fire past McGuire and give the enthusiastic home crowd plenty to cheer about.

Halfway through the first half the Wooler player at the centre of the trouble in the first game limped off injured after a 50/50 with Saints’ centre half Dale Johnson, and with the home side having no substitutes they had to play an hour with ten men.

Quay were immediately on top and went close twice just before the interval as first Andy Breheny was denied by the home keeper after latching on to a free kick into the box, and then John Foggett’s strike from a short corner was deflected wide as Saints ended the half strongly.

Fifteen minutes into the second half Saints looked for a game changer and brought on Kyle Austin as a makeshift striker as they tried to capitalise on having an extra man.

With 20 minutes left Saints got the equaliser they deserved as a free kick from Ryan Ferrier was met with a perfectly timed volley from Noel Clynch as he grabbed his third goal of the campaign and set up a grandstand finish to the cup tie.

Wooler then gave Quay a scare as their forward charged down McGuire’s kick only to see the ball go wide, then at the other end Ferrier missed a great chance to win the game as he fired wide from eight yards out as the game looked to be heading for extra time.

However Saints youngster Adams had other ideas and after a surging run his shot from 18 yards found the bottom corner to send the travelling fans wild and seal a third round tie away to Red Row Welfare on Saturday.

Saints: McGuire, S Duffield, D Johnson, Clynch, Foggett, Latimer (K Austin 60), Adams, King, Ferrier, Senior, Breheny.