19th September 2015
Durham County Challenge Cup Round 1
Jarrow FC 1
Dunston UTS 7
Dunston travelled to Wearside League side Jarrow FC in the Preliminary Round tie of the Durham County Challenge Cup with the winners of the tie having a home game against Sunderland RCA. Jarrow are currently in good form and have only lost one league game this season and play on on neat little ground at the rear of Perth Green Community Centre situated between John Reid Road and the A19.
The Jarrow side is without their main strike force to day while Dunston are without Dale Burrell who is at a wedding and Halliday and Smith who are both carrying slight injuries and Fisher who was not signed on within the 7 day period, but are bolstered by the the return of Stephen Harrison.
The game started with Jarrow attempting to push Dunston back, but Dunston were soon in their stride and on 2 minutes took the lead as Morien played through to Briggs who placed a shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
Two minutes later it was 2‐0 as Gilhespy overlapped on the left wing and received from Francis his cross found Morien who had only to tap the ball into the net. Plucky Jarrow responded with Alsop beating the offside with a run only for Connell to collect. On 8, Briggs hit the post with a great drive from 30 yards out and 3 minutes later Pearson shot over the bar from 20 yards out.
On 14 Gilhespy collected a ball on The halfway line and advanced towards the box before shooting past the near post from 25 yards out. On 16, Francis combined with Morien that ended in a Francis Chip over the keeper that bounced on the bar and out of play. On 24, Thear got on the score sheet as he spectacularly volleyed a Pearson cross to the front post into the net, this was followed a minute later by a Morien. Shot from 18 yards which Donnelly tipped over the bar dividing to his right.
Jarrow to their credit were trying hard and Kane tried to lob Connell only to see his effort go over the bar. On 27 it was 4 nil as at hear won a ball in the Jarrow box played it to Richardson who in turn played it to Morien who side footed the ball into the net. On 30, Richardson was fouled right on the edge of the box and the resulting free kick was blasted into the rigid Jarrow wall and rebounded to safety.
On 34 Trosh beat Pearson and tried to chip Connell only to see his effort go over the bar. On 39 Briggs played in a great cross which Richardson headed well on target but again Donnelly saved well. On 41, Thear ran across the 18 yard box with the ball found space and shot into the far corner of the net or his second and Dunston's fifth goal of the game. On 43, Pearson fed the ball into Richardson who shot on target only to see his effort blocked, before Thear fed a ball into Morien who turned into space and shot home a goal from 10 yards out for his second hat‐trick of the season and 6‐0 to Dunston.
Half time score Jarrow FC 0 Dunston 6
Manager Billy Irwin changed Dixon for Morien at half time but it was Jarrow who got the first effort in the second half as Kane shot across goal following an Oliver Bone cross on 48, on 52 Donnelly was called into action as Briggs played a good ball into the box.
On 58, Kane beat the offside trap and shot low into the near post past Connel for what proved to be a consolation goal to Jarrow. On 63 Briggs again played in a good low cross which was cleared at the second attempt before Pearson drove into the Jarrow box with the ball and then drove a powerful shot past Donnelly inside the near post for 7‐1 to Dunston. On 67, Francis played in a free kick Richardson headed down to ground but it bounced up and over the bar.
On 70, Thear released a shot from 35 yards out but Donnelly saved, before Pearson played in Briggs whose cross shot went just over the bar. On 73, Hodgson headed goal‐wards from a Francis corner to the back post only for Donnelly to save, before Hodgson laid off to Briggs whose shot from 18 yards out was saved. On 76 a Hodgson cross was chested down by Dixon to Briggs whose shot was blocked.
On 81, Dixon blocked a clearance and the ball rebounded past the post. 3 minutes later Briggs unleashed a shot from 18 yards which the keeper saved before Dixon collected in the 6 yard box, but before he could shoot was bundled to the floor for a undisputed penalty, Francis took the kick and Donnelly diving to his left saved.
On 87 the luckless Richardson raced into the 18 yard box and unleashed a shot which crashed back off the cross bar to Briggs who headed wide. In the closing minutes Jarrow were bombarded with shots as Briggs shot was blocked and rebounded to Francis whose shot was blocked and rebounded to Richardson whose shot was saved by Donnelly.
Full Time Score. Jarrow FC 1 Dunston UTS 7
Dunston had this game. Won in the first half but to Jarrows credit they prevented a land slide in the second half as fitness showed through, and but for Donnelly's good saves and Richardson's bad luck in front of goal it could have been more than 10. Jarrow however never gave in and deserved their luck..
Dunston Man of the Match: Liam Thear ‐ Liam put in a workman like performance and his challenges an passes inside the box were instrumental in a lot of Dunston's goals and approach play. Morien took his goals well, and Richardson despite not getting on the score sheet had some great efforts. This was a reasonable performance against a plucky side, without Dunston being really stretched.
Jarrow FC: Donnelly, Bone O (Moore 55), Burrell, Bone A, Hall, Allan, Pain, Trosh,Simpson (Miroshmichenko 28), Kane, Alsop (Little 68).Subs not used: Moore, Wilkinson.
Dunston UTS: Connell (Clark 85), Pearson, Gilhespy, Hodgson, Wilkinson (Harrison 58), Martindale, Briggs, Francis, Morien (Dixon 45), Thear.
Match Pictures Can be viewed here
Match report by T.C
Dunston's next home game vs Shildon on Tuesday 22 September 2015 KO 7:30 pm