Glen-Ravenhill comes off the bench to win cup tie for North Shields

Peter Glen-Ravenhill scores the extra-time winner for North Shields against Willington. Picture by Craig McVay
Peter Glen-Ravenhill scores the extra-time winner for North Shields against Willington. Picture by Craig McVay

The Robins progressed to round three of the League Cup after a gruelling 120 minutes in the Hall Lane mud against Willington.

It has not been easy progress so far for Graham Fenton’s side – it had taken a penalty shoot-out at Sunderland RCA in the last round.

The second division strugglers raised their game and it took two substitutions and two quality moments to influence the outcome.

Shields pretty much dominated possession throughout normal time but the breakthrough proved elusive.

Chances were at a premium but home custodian Steve Robinson was more than capable.

The clock ticked over and the sizeable away following grew tense but on 76 minutes cheers erupted.

New incumbent Ryan McGorrigan made a significant impact. Released by the outstanding Gary Ormston up the right flank and his searing centre was turned into his own net by home captain Lewis Milner.

Shields were composed and continued to spray the ball around with Michael McKeown, back in the swing, proving influential.

However, a late Willington push despite tired legs saw Anthony Lee grab an 88th minute leveller.

Into the added period and a new North Shields super sub hero emerged – not long after the sad death of 69 star Tommy Orrick.

This time Peter Glen-Ravenhill took the plaudits with a superlative strike on 107 minutes.

He made three substitute appearances last season, scoring against West Allotment, before injury once more curtailed his outings.

He remained a key part of the squad that went on to win the Vase, albeit in a non playing capacity, but he could not have been more proud of his team-mates’ achievements.

The hosts had Corey Nicholson dismissed for a second yellow before Glen-Ravenhill had the travelling supporters in raptures as he curled a tremendous effort high into the net giving the keeper no chance.

McGorrigan forced a superb save from Robinson as the Robins were denied a third before the whistle blew and all the hard work spirit and determination was rewarded.

Chris Bannon had made a couple of crucial saves as the game opened up in an edgy and exhausting period of extra time while Ben Richardson, clattered on 90 minutes, bravely battled on as an emergency centre forward as all substitutions had been used.

North Shields: Bannon, Donnison, Lancaster, Coppen (Carr), Parker, Hughes, Ormston, Richardson, Bainbridge (Glen-Ravenhill), Wilson (McGorrigan), McKeown. Subs not sued: Smith, Bowman.