Easington reach semis in style, but dream is over for Washington

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EASINGTON Colliery upset the form book big style with an impressive 3-1 victory over Ebac Northern League Second Division promotion challengers Hebburn Town to reach the Durham Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Washington, though, saw their dreams dashed by a 4-0 defeat at Spennymoor Town.

Wearside League high-fliers Easington were the underdogs away to Hebburn but fully deserved their success.

Mark Costello was a fifth-minute marksman for the home side, but the Colliers battled back and David Paul’s strike on the hour took the tie into extra time.

Paul Frame’s team finished strongly and, after Bryan Norton gave them the lead, Dale Spence clinched victory just before the end.

Washington are challenging strongly for promotion from the Ebac Northern League Second Division but were no match for Evo-Stik League Spennymoor at the Brewery Field.

Jason Ainsley’s side just about had the game won inside 32 minutes by which time they led with strikes from Michael Roberts, Lewis Dodds and Gavin Cogdon.

Liam Henderson almost made it four when he hit the crossbar, but a fourth goal quickly followed from substitute John McReady.

Birtley Town went out of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, losing 3-0 to South Shields, who built up an early two-goals advantage courtesy of Lee Maitland and Stephen Ramsey.

With only a few minutes remaining, James Talbot, who had set up the first two goals, added his name to the scoresheet.

A bumper crowd of 288 saw retired England cricket star Steve Harmison make a successful managerial debut for Ashington, who edged Bishop Auckland by the only goal in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

The Colliers missed a 13th-minute penalty when Marc Walton’s spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Steven Richardson.

Early in the second period, Kyle Oliver crossed from the right and Glen Taylor headed home the winner.

Dunston UTS moved into fifth place in Division One of the Ebac Northern League when they edged West Allotment Celtic 3-2 with a stoppage-time goal.

Andrew Bulford and Dale Burrell had them two up by the 25th minute, but Sean Reid reduced the deficit then converted a penalty awarded for a handling offence by Luke Gilhespy, who was sent off.

In added time, Gary Omston beat goalkeeper Dan Mullen from close range for the winner, taking Dunston level on points with third-placed Marske United and fourth-top North Shields.