DESPITE mounting a late rally, Seaham Red Star crashed out of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup with last night’s 4-2 defeat at West Allotment Celtic.
The visitors were left with a mountain to climb when they conceded three goals in 20 minutes before the interval.
Liam Hudson drove low into the net on 23 minutes and, soon afterwards, Star goalkeeper Paul McSween was beaten by a David Dormand header.
On the stroke of half-time, Celtic were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out and Shaun Reid beat both the wall and McSween for his team’s third goal.
Worse was to follow for Seaham as Dormand scored his second goal of the night after good work by Hudson.
Red Star produced their best football of the night to rally late on. Channon North gave them a glimmer of hope, heading past keeper Aiden Ames and the striker was again on target with a chip over Ames, but Mark Collingwood’s team could get no close.
Billingham Synthonia reached the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 extra-time win at Northallerton, with Stuart Dunn (own goal), Dan Newby and Chay Liddle on target.