Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Comenack Kings; Durham Boys Fight Back to Book Final Place

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Comenack Kings; Durham Boys Fight Back to Book Final Place

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DURHAM, trailing 4-1 at half-time, staged a superb recovery to beat Cheshire and progress into the final of the English Schools Football Association's Boys Under-16 Inter-County Trophy. The team, coached by Darren Richards of Birtley's Lord Lawson School, will play Oxfordshire, who beat Kent 4-1 in the other semi-final.

That match is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, at Nottingham Forest FC's City Ground (1.00 kick-off).

Cheshire took the lead after seven minutes through a Matthew Williams goal.

Durham were back on level terms a minute later with a Connor Halpin header.

Cheshire deserved to be 4-1 ahead at half-time with goals from Liam Goff (22 minutes), Lloyd Pownall (32 minutes) and Joshua Brownhill (38 minutes).

Durham, though, gained a lifeline in the 55th minute when Connor Bell made it 4-2. Bell scored his second after 73 minutes to set up a tense finish.

With the game into the second minute of added-on time, Bell struck again to complete his hat-trick and take the game into extra time.

Goals by Halpin in each period of extra time, to complete another Durham treble, gave his side victory.

On the way to the final Durham have beaten Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Humberside as well as Cheshire. The side have also overcome North Yorkshire and Cleveland during the season.

Meanwhile, Northumberland Under-18s went out of the Northern Counties Schools FA Trophy at the semi-final stage, losing 3-2 to Cheshire at Chester. Early pressure from Cheshire paid off when Elliott Goodwin headed home at the far post and Tom Corcoran volleyed home from 25 yards. Northumberland fought back at the start of the second half when skipper Liam McNamara (Walbottle) headed home from a corner.

Within minutes, a goal-bound effort was kicked off the Cheshire line and a possible penalty was denied when the hosts' goalkeeper appeared to bring down an attacker. …

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