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Ryhope CW 

Ryhope CW v Dunston UTS

Report by Billy Montague

Saturday 15th September 2018

FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

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Dunston travelled to the Recreation Park in Ryhope for this Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round Tie. The game promised to be a tough one with Ryhope belatedly getting several strong players back to full fitness after missing a lot of their earlier fixtures. The Dunston squad was at full strength except for top-scorer Mark Fitzpatrick who was omitted due to a niggling hamstring injury. Liam Brooks started the game in the Dunston number nine shirt in an otherwise unchanged starting line-up.

Dunston UTS: Dryden, Marrs (Elliott C), Halliday, Stafford, Grant-Soulsby, Hall,Thear, Pearson (Haley), Brooks, Heslop (Nellis), Elliott J. Subs not used: Capewell, Little.

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Ryhope CW: Ball, Nicholson, Cocks, Lay, Walker, Bott, Skidmore, Winship (Pickford), Rae, Kane (Rowe), Ellis.

Subs not used: Lowerson, Trewick, Chapman.

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With the slight slope of the pitch in their favour, UTS started the game in dominant mood with the full-backs and midfielders pushing on to supplement good early attacks. On five minutes Jack Elliott made a brilliant run on the left past three defenders but his cross drifted just over the home bar. The Ryhope defence was under pressure and could only clear the ball as far as the dominant Michael Hall and Andrew Grant-Soulsby who were initiating further attacks. In the 12th minute some great build-up play was rewarded when Jake Stafford played a good pass to the feet of Liam Brooks. Brooks wasted no time in threading an excellent pass to release Scott Heslop who ran into the box before slotting into the corner of the net past helpless keeper Jonathan Ball. 0 – 1.

 

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Ryhope CW

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Dunston continued to have the best of the exchanges but on 16 minutes Ryhope’s powerful centre-forward Michael Rae broke away on the right but as he was closed down, Andrew Grant-Soulsby took up a great position to cut out the low cross on the edge of the box. Dunston carved out a multitude of half-chances but it was Rae who went close on 22 minutes when he got on the end of a Nicky Kane cross only to head over without troubling Karl Dryden in the Dunston goal. The lead was almost doubled in the 29th minute when some brilliant play in the box by Liam Brooks saw his effort draw a point-blank save from keeper Ball. e loose ball came back to Brooks and he teed up Scott Heslop whose shot scraped past the angle with the keeper beaten. Ball was called into action again two minutes later when a Liam Thear pass sent full-back Liam Marrs into the box where he set up Heslop again but the keeper pulled off a fine save.

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The home side almost grabbed an equaliser on the break in the 36th minute when Nathan Skidmore sent a low ball right across the Dunston box and a sliding Michael Rae just failed to make contact at the far post. On 42 minutes a mistake by Ryhope defender Danni Lay, when he misjudged a bouncing ball,  presented Scott Heslop with an opening but the final effort went narrowly wide. A minute later, more good work from Liam Brooks resulted in him going past two defenders and his driven low cross was met by Jack Elliott who smashed the ball just past the angle.

 

Half time, Ryhope CW 0 Dunston UTS 1

After a bruising first-half, Ryhope CW were probably quite satisfied that they had restricted Dunston to only a one goal advantage. They brought recent signing Shaun Pickford on as a substitute and with the slope now in their favour, they started the half with much more self-belief. On 48 minutes they won a free-kick only a couple of yards outside of the Dunston box. Nathan Skidmore hammered the set-piece towards goal but the defensive wall was able to block the effort. The home side pressed again just two minutes later when the excellent James Ellis made a good run on the left and sent in a dangerous low shot that went past the far post. Dunston came back into the game and in their next attack on 52 minutes the speedy Jack Elliott tricked his marker before setting up Scott Heslop whose goalbound shot was blocked. A minute later Liam Brooks skilfully beat his man and fizzed a shot past the far post. In the 55th minute

Jack Elliott went on another mazy run as Dunston continued to dominate. He wriggled along the bye-line before slotting across goal where any touch would have brought a goal. Scott Heslop did get the ball into the net on 59 minutes but his fine effort was ruled out for offside. Heslop almost did the trick in the 62nd minute when he latched onto a brilliant head-on by Liam Brooks, but his shot went agonisingly past the post. A second Dunston goal was coming and it arrived in the 65th minute when clever play by Scott Heslop allowed him to set up Liam Brooks to turn and hit an unstoppable low shot into the net from just outside of the box. 0 – 2.

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Ryhope CW

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After the sustained pressure that Dunston had exerted on the home goal it was a deserved reward and it gave the visitors a bit of breathing space. Some meaty challenges were now going in from the home side and they picked up a couple of cautions. They certainly hadn’t given up on the Tie and on 73 minutes good work by James Ellis saw him send in a good cross that was met by Nicky Kane to send a shot past the Dunston post. Two minutes later they were back again and this time a good run by right-back Corey Nicholson ended with him sending over a dangerous cross which was volleyed wide by Michael Rae at the near post.

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Disaster struck for the home side in the 78th minute when Liam Brooks burst clear on  the edge of the box only to be pulled down by substitute Ben Rowe. Having only been on the field for some eight minutes, he was shown a red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The resulting free-kick was fired wide by Liam Thear. The home side pushed their big defenders forward in a last desperate attempt to get back into the game and this resulted in them leaving space at the back.

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Dunston mounted several swift attacks and on 86 minutes Liam Thear should have done better when good work by Jordan Nellis and Liam Brooks ended with a mis-cued shot missing the target. Ryhope’s final chance of the game came in the 89th minute when some excellent play from Shaun Pickford allowed him to get free to cross to Danni Lay whose bullet header drew a superb save from Karl Dryden who tipped over.

 

There was time for just one more chance for Dunston in the last minute when a clever Jordan Nellis pass produced another great run by Jack Elliott that took him clear of the defence and when he rolled the ball across goal, Callum Elliott was denied by a brave block by keeper Ball. 

Full-Time Score:  Sunderland Ryhope CW 0  Dunston UTS   2

Dunston’s Man of the Match:  Jack Elliott – In another excellent all-round team effort, Jack gets the vote by a narrow margin for his work-rate, skill and ability. He was always willing to take on an opponent and make things happen. Once again, the emphasis was on team-work against uncompromising opposition and every one of our squad is willing to put it on the line for one another.

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