NORTH Shields advanced to the second round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup with a 4-2 extra time win over Morpeth Town on Wednesday night.
It was a thoroughly deserved win for the Robins, but one which took 120 minutes to achieve.
If the home side had taken all their chances during the 90 minutes of normal time, they should have been out of sight.
The game turned in extra time when Morpeth keeper brought down Stewart Wright, and having already received a yellow card for a similar offence earlier in the tie, he was given his marching orders.
Town were forced to put an outfield player in between the posts and his first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Ben Richardson curled the resultant free kick into the top corner.
Excellent unselfish work from Adam Rowntree then set up debutant substitute Robert Nolan who slipped the ball into the net for 4-2 to seal the win.
The Shieldsmen had fallen behind before an excellent strike from Keith Douglas had levelled the tie.
A Dean Holmes penalty supplied the Robins with their second goal, but Morpeth were still well in the game as a second for the visitors left the scores level at 2-2 at half-time.
And that was the way it stayed until the sides were forced into extra time, although Shields should have been well ahead by the time the 90 minutes were up.
Shields will now play the winners of Horden CW and Darlington RA tie in the next round.