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 Post subject: South Shields 0 v 1 Esh Winning
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:04 pm 
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South Shields were knocked out of the league cup tonight, going down 1-0 to Esh Winning at Filtrona Park.

The first attempt of the game fell to the home side, when a cross from the right by Andrew Brabbs found the head of Alex Benjamin, but the number 9 cleared the bar with his attempt.

On four minutes, the visitors provided an early scare for Gary Steadmans men when John Jury struck the crossbar with a 30 yard drive.

And it was Esh Winning who were to take the lead on 15 minutes when Chris Smith hit a superb 25 yard effort that dipped late and came down off the crossbar into the back of Jake Carmichaels net.

Most of the pressure from the home side was coming from the right hand side with Barrie Smith and David Southern again linking well.

On 31 minutes, a cross from Man of the Match Barrie Smith found the head of Andrew Barclay in the box, but his effort was saved well by the keeper.

And three minutes later it was David Southern’s turn. The former Gateshead man cut inside before unleashing a 20 yard curling effort that was marginally wide of the post.

The visitors should have doubled their lead just before the break when a cross from the right found Darren Kokes in the box, but he was unable to get enough power behind his shot and Cunningham saved well.

Alex Benjamin was replaced at half time by Tony Burnell and Shields started the second half brightly.

The first chance of the second half came on 49 minutes when a cross from Paul Talbot from the left found the head of David Southern but the attempt was wide of the target.

David Southern was then to become provider, crossing for Tony Burnell but his head was also wide of the post.

Shields were looking more comfortable on the ball in the second half and on 66 minutes some excellent build up play eventually found debutant Denver Morris, signed earlier in the week from Ryton and Crawcrook Albion in the box, but his shot was well saved by the keeper.

Shields continued to pressure in search of the all-important equaliser, and were to have two attempts cleared off the line in added time, but unfortunately the goal was not to come for The Mariners.

South Shields will hope to get their season back on track when they host strugglers Stokesley on Saturday in the STL Northern League Division 1 at Filtrona Park.

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