There were seven ties down for decision in the first round of the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield, with arguably the pick of the games seeing last season’s finalists North Shields Athletic Reserves and Newcastle Chemfica Reserves face off again, in what turned out to be a thrilling contest.
It was Shields who came out on top in May’s final, but it was Chemfica who took an early lead, with David Jones nodding the ball into the path of Daniel Kenny who fired home.
Leeroy Odd restored parity with a header and then Anthony Skipsey ran through to give Athletic the lead.
However, Chemfica refused to lie down and Andy Macbeth levelled the scores from close range.
Odd, however, turned his defender and smashed home to make it 3-2 on the half hour, but Craig Robinson ensured it would be all square at the break as he fired home from the edge of the box.
Nicholas Bramwell nodded home a free kick to give Shields the lead again with 25 minutes to play, but a fine free kick from Jamie Briggs looked to have secured extra time with just two minutes left.
Dan Haggerston, however, had other ideas and his back post header from Odd’s cross won the tie for Shields.
There were also goals galore as Hazlerigg Victory saw off Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves by an 11-2 scoreline. Darren Howey netted a hat-trick, with their other goals coming from Sean Gent, Ryan Graham, Stephen Henton, Tejay Barnes, Alex Patterson, Dean Hindes, Ross Kirkwood and Jack Bates.
The tie between two of the league’s form teams was a tight affair, with Gosforth Bohemian Reserves needing a Colin McLaughlin penalty to beat Stobswood Welfare 1-0.
Forest Hall YPC took a two-goal lead at Blyth Town Reserves through Jack Armstrong and Gary Rutherford, but Blyth found two strikes of their own to level the tie at 2-2 after 90 minutes. Town added two further goals in the additional half hour to secure their passage into the quarter-finals.
Ponteland United Reserves lost out 4-2 to Bedlington Juniors despite goals from Myles Candlish and Dan Trout, while Newcastle Medicals had the better of Wardley 2-1, and West Jesmond won 4-2 at Newcastle East End.