Bewley brace puts Pont into cup final

Ponteland United 3-1 Walker Central

Monday, 27th February 2017, 15:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 08:20 am

This Challenge Cup semi-final was the fifth meeting of the two clubs this season with Walker holding the upper hand.

But Ponteland made a decent start and took the lead on 15 minutes when a free kick by Ford found Zac Bewley running beyond the defence and he coolly lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper for a fine goal.

From the previous games United were fully aware of the attacking flair of the visitors and Mikel Thompson had a shot cleared off the line by an outstretched leg of Nisbet.

On the half hour mark a second goal looked inevitable when Short found Bewley running beyond the defence but unlike his goal the lob on this occasion beat the keeper but also drifted wide of the upright.

On 35 minutes Walker suffered a blow when the dangerous Michael Baxter was dismissed for a second bookable offence.The extra man gave Ponteland the opportunity to press for a second goal, but they were unable to add to their tally before half-time.

Early in the second half Spencer had a stooping header saved by Korsbo, while at the other end the marauding Thompson went past three Pont players before shooting wide of the target.

United finally managed to double their lead through Havelock-Brown when he was one on one with the keeper.

On 65 minutes a low speculative drive from 30 yards by Ryan Gladstone slipped through the normally reliable hands of the diving Whinham and into the net. But any comeback was short lived for Pont restored their two goal margin when Johnstone released Bewley down the right for a one on one with the keeper and he made no mistake shooting through the keepers legs to cap a fine afternoon.

Havelock-Brown then missed a glorious chance of a goal when he lifted the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Ponteland, who last won the Challenge Cup in 2010, will now go on to face Killingworth Town in the final.