South Shields hopefuls secured an impressive 3-2 victory against a well-drilled Newcastle East End side after coming from a goal behind at half-time to win.
Two penalties in the second half were enough to secure Shields the victory after their opening goal was cancelled out by two strikes from East End.
The prospects, looking to catch the eye of representatives from the club, had to endure treacherous conditions at Mariners Park, but soon acclimatised, opening the scoring within the first five minutes after a through ball was expertly guided past the keeper into the bottom right hand corner.
The away side were soon level after the ball was dispossessed cheaply in midfield, for the attacker to run onto the ball, and after two bites of the cherry slotted the ball into an open net.
The visitors enjoyed freedom down the left all night, and a low cross into the box fell to an unmarked man who’s shot somehow failed to hit the target, placing it past the left upright.
East End’s pressure paid off mid-way through the first-half, when another low cross found its way to an unmarked man who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to double the guests’ lead heading into half-time.
Despite the onslaught from Newcastle in the first half, a resilient South Shields side dominated the second half, and were awarded a penalty after the Shields forward was brought down following some quick feet in the box.
The resulting strike was coolly placed past the keeper into the bottom right hand corner to set up for a dramatic finish.
For a team that had never played with each other, Shields looked confident with the ball and continued to press in search for a winner, and a delightful one-two nearly presented this opportunity if it wasn’t for a fabulous save from the away sides’ keeper.
Shields managed to reduce the visitors to long range efforts in the second half, and an effort of their own left the crossbar of the Newcastle goal rattling from a delightful in swinger.
The hosts were to get the breakthrough they needed just shy of the 70-minute mark after their striker was cheaply brought down on the edge of the six-yard area.
Just as with the first, the penalty was converted with an assured finish, sending the keeper the wrong way to earn a much-deserved victory.