IT looked all over for Ryhope CW when they trailed Spennymoor Town by three goals in last night’s Durham Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie, but a spirited second-half rally rocked their illustrious opponents.
Martin Swales’ side made the worst possible start when they conceded a goal to Daniel Moore in the first minute and worse was to follow.
Moore was again on target after 20 minutes and when Adam Johnston converted a 35th-minute penalty, there appeared to be no way back for the Wearsiders.
But Ryhope were a different side in the second half. Their pressure was eventually rewarded on 70 minutes as Nathan O’Neil headed wide of Craig Turns who was beaten again, this time by Greg Swansbury with five minutes left on the clock.
Ryhope pressed in a bid to take the tie into extra time but Jason Ainsley’s team held on for a narrow win.
They join Gateshead Reserves, 3-1 winners over Shildon on Monday, and Billingham Town in the semi finals.
The Teessiders suffered a five-goals humiliation at the weekend but bounced back to form with an unexpected 4-0 victory against Consett.
James Hackett, Chris Dunwell, David Onions and man-of-the-match Glen Butterworth all beat visiting goalkeeper Gary Poskett.
Dunston UTS climbed into fifth position in the STL Northern League First Division and with games in hand on all the four sides above them, could yet make a bid for the championship.
The Tynesiders crushed Marske United 5-1 with goals from Danny Craggs (2), Michael Dixon, Chris Swailes and Andrew Bulford. The Seasiders’ only reply was a fortunate own goal by goalkeeper Liam Connell.
Newcastle United Reserves reached the final of the Sage Northumberland FA Senior Cup when they defeated Bedlington Terriers 5-1.
Paul Dummitt, Patrick Nzuzi, Alex Nicholson, Phil Airey and Dan Taylor were their marksmen with Anthony Shandran claiming a consolation for Terriers.