Tyne Met progress to last 16 of National Cup

Tyne Metropolitan College first team moved into the last 16 of the Premier National Cup with an emphatic victory over rivals Gateshead College.

It was a slow start from the home side and some slack play meant they were on the back foot for the opening spell.

But while Gateshead passed it well they never really troubled an organised defence.

Then a bit of pressure from Tyne Met led to a free kick around 20 yards from goal and Jack Cooper dispatched the set-piece over the wall into the roof of the net for 1-0.

The visitors hit back but fired into the side-netting with their best chance of the half.

Just before half-time Cooper hit a powerful drive which the keeper parried before recovering to well to the smother the ball under pressure from Regan Paterson who was about to tap in the rebound.

Gateshead again started the half brighter and forced a free kick on the edge of the box but it was fired well over.

Then a corner was spilled by Tyne Met keeper Jacob Shotton and the Gateshead striker headed the ball towards goal only for captain Jake Mitchell to clear off the line.

At the other end Joe Walton was denied when his powerful effort was blocked by the keeper.

Tyne Met made a triple substitution with Scott Woodhouse, Joe Elrod and Alex Yarrow looking to spark some life into a sluggish performance.

There was an immediate impact when a flowing move saw Cooper deliver a cross into Paterson who headed against a post with the keeper beaten.

Shortly after Tyne Met doubled their advantage when Kristian Sands fired a shot that deflected into the path of Paterson who drove in from an angle via a deflection.

Perhaps the entrance of midfielder James Proctor on the hour was the catalyst for Tyne Met to totally dominate the last half an hour as his skill and ability to run with the ball at opponents and his combination with Reece Harrison in the middle of the park gave Tyne Met a total grip on the game.

The third goal arrived when a free kick from Josh Willis was headed square by Proctor for Paterson to side foot into the far top corner for his second of the game.

On 70 minutes a fine move down the right saw Woodhouse and Sands combine for the latter to drive a cross to the back post where Paterson struck a fine left shot against the post to deny him his hat-trick.

It was all Tyne Met and Harrison clipped a pass into the box where Proctor produced a first time lay-off to sub Billy Rogan, whose deflected first time shot went wide for a corner.

There was not long to wait before the same combination produced the fourth goal when a carbon copy of Harrison into Proctor who this time ran from half way to take up a position in the box and this time Rogan drilled a superb volley into the corner to complete the scoring.