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Adam Burnicle’s goal fifteen minutes from time saw Moors exit the Durham Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage in an entertaining clash with Shildon.
Bradley Fewster first goal for the club early on gave a much changed Spennymoor side the lead, but a freak own goal from Cameron Tague and a second half effort from ex-player Anthony Peacock flipped the game on its head.
Cieran Jackson, who was recently called up to represent England at youth level, drew Moors level soon after after good work from James Hughes, but Burnicle ran through and powered a shot under Shane Bland to secure Shildon’s passage to the next round.
Gary Farley and Liam Clough managed a team which featured a blend of first team, youth and dual-registration players, with the likes of Junior Mondal and Christopher Carr making their first appearances for the club.
Shildon began on the front foot, but when Mondal swept in a cross from the right, Fewster was in the right place to volley the ball past Nick Liversedge. It was the former Middlesbrough player’s maiden strike for Moors.
The home side failed to let that early goal deter their efforts and began to lay siege to the Moors goal, with Smith missing two guilt-edge chances. First, he failed to guide Robson’s cross in with his head, before he slipped with the goal at his mercy, allowing Bland to deal with it.
But it wasn’t long until the game was all square, and the goal arrived in the strangest of circumstances. Tague played a routine pass back to Bland, and when the ball took an unnatural bobble of the turf and skipped over the keeper’s boot, Shildon were level.
Mondal, a constant threat in the first half, should have won Moors a penalty minutes later, but despite being flattened inside the area by a defender, the referee was unmoved to the amazement of the Spennymoor coaching staff.
Backed by a crowd of 227, Shildon capitalised on some sloppy defending to take the lead for the first time on the night. Former Moors man Peacock was the most alert in the penalty area after a loose ball and arrowed past Bland from a tight angle.
Fewster almost equalised immediately, but he couldn’t stretch to reach Jackson’s cross, before Burnicle missed a glorious chance to make it 3-1. The Shildon beat the outrushing Bland to a ball over the top, but despite having an empty goal to aim at, he bobbled a shot wide.
That miss proved costly two minutes later when hot prospect Jackson profited from persistent and determined play from Hughes. The latter cut a ball back from the right and Jackson steered in past the despairing dive of Liversedge.
Following a scrappy phase featuring a cluster of poor challenges, Shildon seized their chance to win the cup tie through Burnicle. The striker, who could have had a hat-trick on the night, burst through and fired a low shot past Bland.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|31st January 2018||7:30 pm||Durham Challenge Cup||2017/18|
|32 Dean St, Shildon DL4 1HA, UK|