After last week's first win in the Premiership the boys should have been full of confidence as they took on lower league opposition as North Shields Reds visited Norham, but the visitors nearly spoilt the party as the game went into extra time.
Cup games are never easy, especially against local rivals and this quarter final affair proved that. The Yellows played nowhere near their best and found it really difficult to break down the visitors who came with the game plan to defend and frustrate as long as they could. In terms of possession and attempts at goal, Tynemouth dominated but struggled to carve out any clear cut chances and a lot of their passing went astray in what became a nervy and frustrating game. The first half was a poor performance as the home side never seemed to settle and you could sense the opposition becoming more confident as the game went on and their goalkeeper when called upon made some comfortable saves. Astin, James and Owen squandered opportunities to settle the nerves but at the interval it remained goalless. At the start of the second half the visitors took a shock lead when Zack failed to clear his lines and the Shields forward side footed home from the edge of the box. A huge cup shock was on the cards and the Yellows knew they needed a goal. Despite dominating, the elusive goal failed to come as the home side hit the post, had shots kicked off the line and corners which should have been converted, that weren't. The equalizer, to the relief of all, eventually came when Lewis smashed a shot from the edge of the box, which the keeper saved well but pushed the ball out to Owen who readily snapped it up from close range to restore parity. The home side kept piling on the pressure but couldn't find the winner as the tie moved into extra time. James was reintroduced to the field for the twenty minutes of extra time after being substituted earlier and the forward made a big difference. Straight from the kick off James ran at the defence on the right and crossed perfectly for Owen at the back post to head home for his 30th goal of the season. You could sense the relief and the confidence grow within the team, but there was still work to do as unusually the defence didn't look as composed as normal and the organisation didn't seem as good as it has been. The game was then won at the start of the second period of extra time with a fabulous goal that Alan Shearer would have been proud of. Again it was James and Owen (pictured) who were involved as James once again did well to beat the full back and pull back a cross from the byline to Owen, who was around the penalty spot, to rise and bullet an angled header past the keeper who had no chance - a wonderful goal! Zack pulled off two great saves just before the end to stop any further nerves creeping in and Owen was awarded man of the match following his hat-trick. Despite not playing anywhere near as well as they can the boys have now set up a semi final clash with North Shields Athletic in early March for a place in the East Northumberland Youth Cup final. At the end of the game the team were presented with medals to recognise their achievement of being promoted to the Premiership.