Ponteland United 1 Red House Farm 1 (Ponteland win 5-4 on penalties) Pin Point Recruitment Combination Cup Final
UNITED lifted the cup in dramatic fashion as the final at Sam Smith’s Park in Newcastle on Monday evening went all the way to penalties.
Tinknell in goal for Red House was brought into action after only three minutes but he saved Rae’s low shot comfortably.
With 15 minutes on the clock, Jones got caught in possession by Red House left winger Soulsby, who nipped in front of him and confidently fired past Taylor to put his side in the lead.
Ponteland struggled to create chances playing into the wind, but they came out of the blocks well in the second half. L’Argent burst down the left and fired from distance on 48 minutes, although his powerful shot bounced wide of the far upright.
The game changed in unexpected circumstances with 20 minutes to go when Pont had a corner and there appeared to be a scuffle at the near post involving Holden and keeper Tinknell – with Holden complaining bitterly.
The referee consulted his linesmen before issuing a red card to the keeper and then pointed to the penalty spot. Forward Newton-Eddy went in goal and after a short delay, Hodgson smacked the ball past him for the equaliser. Ponteland pushed for the winner but Anderson took too long in a decent position and his shot was blocked.
The Red House 10 men battled hard and won a penalty in extra time when Willis mistimed a challenge, but Soulsby blasted the kick high over the bar. United had a chance at the death but Willis could only find the side netting.
Then came the shoot-out. Willis, Rae, Hodgson and Holden scored for Pont and Cook’s penalty was saved. Red House also scored four and missed one to take it into sudden death.
Ponteland’s Armstrong coolly whipped his shot into the top corner and the game was won when Collins blasted the ball high over the bar.