Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe praised his side following a 3-2 defeat to Sunderland RCA in the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round at Meadow Park last night.

Nathan O’Neill scored a brace for the hosts whilst Michael Charlton was the other man to score.

Seaham forwards Thomas Scott and Ash Davis were both on the score-sheet but they ended up on the wrong side of an entertaining game.

“It was a proper cup match, with two good sides going at it,” McCabe told SportsByte.

“I’m just a bit disappointed that we couldn’t nick one at the end and take it to penalties.”

The game in the first-half was very end to end.

Stephen Callen had the first chance of the game for the hosts four minutes in.

Seaham defended poorly in this instance, and Callen’s free shot went just wide of the mark.

Chris McCabe’s side came close in the 12th minute following a well-worked corner.

Lee Hetherington put in a good ball that was nodded on by Robbie Bird but it was headed away by a Sunderland RCA defender.

RCA came very close four minutes from half-time when Adam McGuinness’ excellent free-kick forced an impressive save from Harkess and then O’Neill’s rebound was cleared off the line.

The hosts took the lead on the brink of half-time when Nathan O’Neill headed home on the end of a brilliant corner from Jonathan Davis.

It only took O’Neill five minutes after the restart to add a second goal.

Colin Larking did excellently on the right to get past Staunch, and he put the ball in-towards O’Neill who finished coolly at the far post.

Adam McGuinness almost scored in the 54th minute when he produced a powerful strike, only for it to hit the crossbar.

Seaham were back in the game when Thomas Scott headed home on the end of a brilliant long-ball from Bramley.

RCA then extended their lead again seven minutes later when Michael Charlton scored the rebound after Harkess could only parry Luke Page’s effort.

The visitors then had a penalty four minutes from time when Robbie Bird was brought down in the box.

Ash Davis stepped up and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner to beat the keeper – this was too little too late for Seaham.

Sunderland RCA, therefore, progress to the next round of the Challenge Cup, and the two sides face each other again on Saturday 4 November at the Ferguson Motors Repair Stadium.

Sunderland RCA: Finch, Noble, McGuinness, Hodgson, McNab (Ashton 81), Charlton, Davis, Page (Elliott 67), Callen, Larkin, O’Neill (Richardson 78).

Booked: Page

Subs not used: Patton and Cassidy.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Scorer (Galbraith 84), Staunch, Price, Hetherington (Bailey 42), Bramley, Hodgson, Bird(c), Davis, Scott.

Booked: Scott

Subs not used: McBryde, Wilkinson and Parkshaw.

The full interview with Chris McCabe can be found here