Morpeth ko the holders in FA Vase

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NORTH SHIELDS 0

MORPETH TOWN 2

Ten-man Morpeth Town scored twice in the second half to secure their passage to the last 16 of the FA Vase on Monday.

Fierce strikes by Sean Taylor and Lee McAndrew were enough for the Highwaymen to see off last year’s winners of the competition after captain Keith Graydon was sent off 10 minutes before half-time for denying a goalscoring opportunity in the penalty area.

Goalkeeper Karl Dryden emerged the hero, saving Gareth Bainbridge’s spot kick.

The result means Morpeth will now travel to Berkhamsted on Saturday to take on the Comrades for a place in the quarter finals.

The hosts got the advantage of playing with the wind in the first period, and made full use of the conditions.

Dryden made a good save from Lee Mason and then denied Bainbridge.

On 35 minutes, Morpeth were dealt a cruel blow when Graydon was sent off for a goalline clearance, bundling over his opponent in the process.

Dryden’s penalty save was a key point in the game, as were two fine saves in the period up to half-time.

With the wind behind them in the second half Morpeth took the lead after 51 minutes when Taylor fired home from the edge of the box.

With 11 minutes left on the clock, the lead was doubled thanks to a rare Shields mistake. Substitute McAndrew knicked the ball away from a defender who slipped on a muddy area of the pitch. He marauded into the penalty area before firing low into the same corner.