Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cons Beat Their Nerves to Book Place in Semis; STOCKTON SUNDAY LEAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cons Beat Their Nerves to Book Place in Semis; STOCKTON SUNDAY LEAGUE

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IAN GORMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL

BILLINGHAM CONS 5, ROSEGALE N & SA 2

NERVES showed in a tense quarter-final encounter for Premier Division side Billingham Cons.

Although the game was very scrappy it was the promotion-chasing Division One side that enjoyed the early exchanges.

Rosegale could have taken the lead on several occasions.

The best chance fell for Glen Walker when he played a quick one-two with Neil Brette but fired marginally wide from 15 yards.

It wasn't until the second half that the deadlock was broken. Danny Earl beat the off-side trap and confidently rounded the keeper to take his tally to 33 goals for the season.

The goal seemed to wake the home team up and they responded with some great football.

The Cons had several chances to equalise but were kept at bay by the superb Davey Cochrane in the visitor's goal.

The Cons did get their equaliser in the 75th minute, although the goal was surrounded by controversy amid suggestions the scorer was offside.

The Cons could have won the game in the last five minutes had it not been for a string of superb saves by man-of-the-match keeper Davey Cochrane.

With the score level, the game went into extra-time and looked to be heading for penalties before Cons grabbed a goal at the end of the first half.

The striker looked to be offside and the defenders stopped to appeal rather than chase him.

Rosegale had to throw caution to the wind for the last 15 minutes and as a result were caught on the break with the Cons adding another two quick goals.

Cons were then awarded a penalty which put them 5-1 ahead.

Rosegale then pulled one back when Danny Dawson was felled in the box and Neil Brette fired in the resulting penalty.

But that's the way it ended and the Billingham side progressed into the last four.

Cons' scorers were Richard Harrison, sub Liam Preston (both two) and James Crossman.

DIVISION THREE PENNY BLACK 2, GEORGIA BROWNS 2

GEORGIA Browns fell behind when veteran central defender Lee Tamblingson scuffed a clearance straight to a Penny Black forward who made it 1-0.

Both teams attempted to play some decent football, although a few hefty challenges went unpunished or unseen by the referee. …

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