Whitley denied in last minute
Whitley Bay 1Sunderland RCA 2Whitley Bay manager Nathan Haslam could not hide his disappointment after seeing his team beaten by a last minute goal for the second week in a row.
After losing at Shildon seven days earlier, Bay took a 26th minute lead through Michael Colquhoun, but Sunderland fought back in the second half, after Colquhoun had a second goal disallowed for offside.
Elliott equalised for the Wearsiders midway through the half before O’Neill headed in a 90th minute winner for the visitors.
Haslam said: “I thought it was a poor game. It was hard to take but we just weren’t at the races today for whatever reason.
“At 1-0 I don’t think they (RCA) were looking likely to score. We’ve had some clear cut opportunities with just the keeper to beat; first Coleby Shepherd, and then James Fairley’s put one the wrong side of the post.
“We’ve had some very good chances to really put the game to bed at 1-0 up then there was a one on one with Craig McFarlane, but we didn’t take those chances so they were always still in the game.
“And then as the wind got up they got that free kick – we don’t think it was a free kick, but we shouldn’t have allowed it to be in that position because James Martin should have just put it over the line and he didn’t.
“It was a game very similar to last week with two late goals. Did we deserve to lose it? Some people would say no, but ultimately we’ve got to learn to deal with things like that. So it was a bad day at the office.