A fantastic goal fest in the 'fog on the Tyne final' @ St James' Park last neet had the scores level 4-4 after 30 minutes of added time in The Northumberland Senior Cup final.
The Toon opened the scorin' in the 15th minute @ The Leazes End (see Geordie Times 'exclusive' photo) when a Ryan Donaldson corner foond Paul Dummett and he fired home through a melee of players.
The students from Newcastle University levelled on the half hour mark and for The Toon to immediately retake the lead when Phil Airey vollied home.
Airey then got his 2nd just before the break to make it 3-1 to the black n whites
The students reduced the deficit with a close range effort but then 'super sub' 'Dan the Man' Taylor restored wor two goal advantage @ The Gallowgate End with just 20 minutes remainin' and it looked aall ower for Northumbria.
However they wernt to be denied and two goals in quick succession in the freezin' fog meant that we had to endure an extra thorty minutes once more! (we aalways seem to have to play extra time in cup matches!)
The extra time produced ne more goals and a penalty shoot oot waz the order of the day to decide where the coveted cup wud end up.
Penalty shoot oot: (@ The Leazes End)
0-1 to Team Northumbria (TN)
1-1 Ryan Donaldson for The Toon
1-1 TN missed 2nd pen
2-1 to us---Dan Taylor
2-2 TN equalised
3-2 to us---Greg McDermott
3-2 TN penalty saved by Toon goalie Jak Alnwick
4-2 Richardson scores to win the cup for The Toon for the 4th time in 5 years
Attendance: a dissapointin' 739 which included quite a few supportin' the students (The Manc 'title decider' derby, which of course waz live on the telly might have had sommik to de with the low crowd!)