Shildon AFC reached the final of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 2–1 away win at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday 3rd March.
The match was a re-run of last season’s final which the Railwaymen won by the same 2–1 score line at Billingham Synthonia’s ground on Good Friday.
Both sides have made light work of reaching this stage of the competition as neither side had conceded a goal, with Spennymoor able to play every round at home at the Brewery Field.
Shildon stunned Moors with an early goal on 7 minutes when Mark Doninger picked up the ball unchallenged and fired home a low right foot shot from 20 yards.
On 22 minutes Paul Connor was clean through for the second time with Moors advancing keeper Luke Coddington bringing him down for a clear penalty which Lee Scroggins tucked away for 2–0 to the visitors.
Half Time: Spennymoor Town 0 Shildon 2.
Moors looked far more threatening in the 2nd half and on 53 minutes they pulled a goal back in a goalmouth scramble, with Liam Henderson, Michael Roberts and Anthony Peacock all having shots blocked before Peacock forced the ball home from 6 yards.
Despite all the home side’s pressure they didn’t seriously trouble the Shildon defence apart from a John McReady shot on 62 minutes and in the final minute the same player McReady forced Shildon keeper Kyle Hayes to pull off a one handed save.
Final Score: Spennymoor Town 1 Shildon AFC 2
Goalscorers: Doninger 7, Scroggins 23.
Subs: Richardson for Brackstone 61, Rae for Wood 67, Ellison for Doninger 79.
Bookings: (Y) Moore 45, Jones 88.
Man-of-the-Match: A joint decision, Bobby Moore and Carl Jones.
After the match manager Gary Forrest said “We dug in and defended well as a team. I thought the two centre halves were outstanding tonight”.
The final will be played at the Hetton Centre on Good Friday.