Shoot-out ends cup dream

The Northumberland FA U16s squad
The Northumberland FA U16s squad
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Northumberland FA U16s 1 Cheshire FA U16s (Cheshire won 4-3 on pens) Northern Counties Final

IN a tight affair, Northumberland lost out to Cheshire in a penalty shoot-out after the teams couldn’t be separated following 110 minutes of entertaining football.

Scott McCarthy opened the scoring for Northumberland in the first half after out-pacing the Cheshire defence and cutting inside to fire home.

Cheshire equalised midway through the second-half following a good header from a left-wing cross, with the Northumberland defence caught flat-footed.

Northumberland had two great chances to win the game in the final five minutes of normal time, but failed to convert, with one great block on the line from a Cheshire defender.

Extra time brought no further chances and it was Cheshire who came out victors in the penalty shoot-out with their goalkeeper saving two spot kicks.