DURHAM City had the incentive of a first-minute goal and completely dominated the first half, yet went down 3-2 to Dunston UTS in the Third Round of the Durham Challenge Cup at The Esh Group stadium last night, writes Malcolm Pratt.
Armar Purewal gave City a dream start when he beat two defenders on a 40-yard run before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Liam Connell.
Stephen Thompson drove wide with Connell rooted at the near post and only Connell’s legs prevented David Dowson from doubling the lead.
It was one-way traffic and again Connell denied Josh Home Jackson who soon afterwards rattled a shot against the upright.
City could easily have gone in with a commanding lead but it was a different picture entirely in the second half.
Within five minutes of the restart UTS levelled as the home defence failed to deal with a left-wing cross and Andrew Bulford was left with a simple tap-in.
Ten minutes later a poor headed clearance allowed Ian Herron to give UTS the lead but within three minutes Jackson restored parity with a well-taken shot after being set up by Dowson.
Poor second-half defending cost Durham dearly and they were again culpable as Michael Dixon fired Dunston in front for a second time.
In the closing stages Andrew Stephenson almost levelled when his shot rattled the woodwork. Durham though had only themselves to blame for going out of the competition.
DURHAM CITY: J Winter, Ayre, Ayers, Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal (Batey), Jackson, E Graham (Cutts), Dowson, Thompson (Pounder), Amar Purewel.
Ref: Mr P Davison. Att: 105.