Ryhope CW 4-1 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion: Ryhope progress in the cup
Colliery Welfare returned to action with a brace from James Ellis helping his side to progress to Durham Challenge Cup quarter finals.
The sides went into halftime level after a James Ellis penalty was cancelled out by a Konner Lamb strike.
Ryhope applied the pressure in the second half with goals from Kyle Davis, Oscar Taylor and a second for Ellis securing Ryhope’s passage to the next round.
The game marked the home team’s return to action having not had a game since December 18th and manager Gary Person would have been hoping that his side picked up where they left off after an impressive 4-1 victory over Newton Aycliffe.
The visitors of the Ebac Northern League Division Two are enjoying a successful season currently sitting second in the league although manager Daniel Iredale will be hoping his side can bounce back from their 4-1 home defeat to Billingham Synthonia last time out.
Both teams started the game well with Ellis having the best of the early chances when he forced a good save from the outrushing Daniel Gladstone.
The breakthrough came in the 22nd minute as Ellis was brought down by defender Oliver Symons in the box resulting in a penalty being awarded to the home side.
Ryhope’s top scorer this season made no mistake is converting the penalty low into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Colliery Welfare came close to grabbing their second six minutes later as striker Oscar Taylor struck the side netting after working an opening in the box.
The away side equalised in the 42nd minute as Lamb fired an effort into the top left corner of the goal with goalkeeper James Winter unable to get a strong enough hand to the ball to keep it out.
Ryhope made the perfect start to the second half as from a quickly taken corner, a David Gordon cross was found by Davis in the box whose quick feet allowed him the space to place the ball into the bottom corner.
Ryhope got their third of the game six minutes later as Oscar Taylor was able to stab a volley in off the cross bar to further his sides advantage in the game.
Scott Bamborough saw his curling freekick tipped over the crossbar by Winter as the visitors looked for a way back into the game.
Ryhope got their fourth after a great counter attacking move starting with Winter who found substitute Jon Weirs whose perfectly weighted ball into Ellis allowed the striker to slot home his second of the game.
Colliery Welfare now move into the quarter finals of the competition with the next round being played on the week of the 22nd of February.