Nine goal thriller sees Cullercoats win shield

Cullercoats Under 21s won their Charity Shield cup quarter final at 
home to Ellington on Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be a nine-goal thriller.

The first half was very competitive and Cullercoats made the breakthrough on 27 minutes when a shot from Stephen Moat was saved and rebounded to Jake Newstead who scored with a cool right foot finish from the left edge of the six-yard box.

Ellington responded a minute later with a scrambled finish from a corner, before Stephen Moat span inside the penalty area to dispatch a left foot shot into the far corner on 30 minutes.

Jake Greener extended the lead with an excellent shot with the outside of his right foot before the break.

However, David Morton (keeper) made two excellent saves to maintain the advantage for the home team.

The game opened up in the second half with both teams creating 
chances. Dan Tweddle dispatched a left-wing cross on 53 minutes which was finished in style by Hylton Hub with a left foot flick into the bottom corner of the net.

Cullercoats extended their lead further five minutes later when Stephen Moat broke free into the box to set up Leame Robinson who side-footed his shot into the corner of the net to make it 5-1 to Cullercoats.

Ellington pulled a goal back on 72 minutes and continued to push forward as both teams created chances.

The visiting keeper made three separate one on one saves before 
they reduced the deficit with two late goals in the last five minutes to 
set up a close finish at the end.

However, the game ended 5-4 to the home team.

Stephen Moat was awarded man-of-the-match, in what was a hugely entertaining game.

Cullercoats Under 21s travel to Killingworth in the league next Sunday with a 2pm KO.