Athletic out of cup after dramatic extra-time
Redcar Athletic are out of the Monkwearmouth Cup, after a disappointing loss against Prudhoe Town.
Athletic were second best throughout the game and this showed with the home team taking a well deserved lead in the 17th minute from Stephen Foster.
The initial shot, from 20 yards out, looked like it could be a comfortable save for Athletic keeper, James Fleming, until its path was changed after a lucky deflection and ended up into the opposite corner.
Just six minutes later though, Redcar were back on equal terms, with Adam Preston fouled in the area. He then stood up and finished it past the keeper, in what was the first converted penalty out of four, that Redcar have been awarded this season.
In the second half, Prudhoe regained the lead only 10 minutes after the restart.
Prudhoe player, Jack Wanless, intercepted the ball inside the Athletic half, with a poor pass from Sam Webster and managed to play the ball into the box. This was then met with a fierce volley from Stephen Foster, who netted his second goal of the game.
Athletic almost went two goals down when a shot from Aaron Fletcher beat the keeper, but was denied by the crossbar.
It looked like Prudhoe were going to win the game in the 90 minutes, until the final minute of additional time, with Andy Jennings converting a Joe Ferguson to put the game into extra time, with Redcar showing their clinical finishing, with their second shot on target, including the penalty.
The first half of extra time was even, with both teams not creating any chances.
Immediately into the second half of extra time though, Prudhoe town were ahead for the third time in the game, only 30 seconds after kick off.
Jack Wanless picked up the ball and took it past a number of weak looking challenges, who played in Scott Palmer, who finished into the bottom corner, and allowed Wanless to pick up his second assist of the game.
Athletic pushed to equalise and take the game to penalties, and could have won it if Adam Preston hadn't had two goals disallowed in the final minute and then another in injury time, the first being very controversial.
Prudhoe then managed to see out of final few minutes to hold out for a win and a place in the next round.