Sunderland West End are through to the second round of the Shipowners Charity Cup after defeating Hartlepool FC.
It took extra time to separate the two sides as George McCain scored the only goal of the game on a cold, Saturday afternoon in Hartlepool.
Only one point separates the two sides in the Wearside League and this showed as it was an evenly matched game at Grayfields Enclosure.
After an uneventful first half, the first big chance of the game came five minutes into the second half. A corner found Hartlepool striker Carl O’Sullivan whose shot was cleared off the line by Layton Chapman.
West End had a great chance to score in the 65th minute. A low ball found Chapman but keeper Callum Hudson did brilliantly to get down low to block the shot.
Hartlepool were unlucky not to have taken the lead five minutes from the end. A great cross found captain Alex Marshall whose header hit the inside of the post and came out.
It took 111 minutes for the first and only goal of the game. A good ball from Jamie Fryer found McCain, who just beat the offside trap, and he placed the ball passed Hudson into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
West End are next in action against Boldon on November 21 at Ford Quarry Complex.