TyneMet’s second team earned a brilliant win at Gateshead 2nds thanks to a late goal in extra time from Carl Hayter.
The result owed much to the determination and never say die attitude of the TyneMet squad, but also a superb performance by goalkeeper Liam Henderson who saved a penalty midway through the first half and made a string of good solid saves to keep Gateshead at bay.
The match kicked off in torrential rain and a strong wind which made any sort of football difficult.
Gateshead fashioned a number of half chances but Joe Elrod came closest to scoring for TyneMet after a surging run and shot which had the keeper beaten but was just the wrong side of the post.
Gateshead should have taken the lead after they were awarded what looked like a questionable penalty midway through the first half.
The kick was struck to Henderson’s right but he was equal to it and palmed it away.
Henderson again denied Gateshead with a brilliant save after a well struck shot inside the area.
However, with TyneMet weathering the storm they should have went in ahead after Aidan Lynn, who worked tirelessly throughout, missed a glorious chance when he was clean through. Lynn dragged his shot just wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.
The second half started with Gateshead on top and TyneMet were again thankful to Henderson who produced two excellent point blank saves following set pieces.
In open play TyneMet were organised, compact and difficult to break down, and they were always a threat on the counter despite not creating any clear cut chances themselves.
TyneMet made a number of substitutions but this did not stop the work ethic which was typified by a good performance from central midfielder Josh Willis, who along with the back four were excellent throughout and stood strong.
With the game into extra time heading for penalties, chances were at a premium.
But with five minutes remaining Hayter struck the winning goal following a mistake in the Gateshead defence. Hayter’s finish was cool and calm and the whole TyneMet team rushed to celebrate with him.
Extra time was played out with TyneMet again standing firm to all that was threw at them and the final whistle was blown to ensure TyneMet progressed thanks to an excellent hard working team display.
Second team coach Paul Robinson said: “A brilliant result for the lads. They worked hard throughout, were organised and hard to break down, and when our goalkeeper was needed he was brilliant with some top drawer saves.
“Great team performance from everyone.”
TyneMet is holding two open evenings. The Football Excellence Course is at Goals Soccer Centre on Thursday, December 3, 6pm to 7pm, at the Coast Road site on Thursday, December 10.