Saturday 11th March 2017
Buildbase FA Vase Semi Final 1st Leg
Coleshill Town 1 v 2 South Shields
Colemen: Jordan Nadat.
Mariners: David Foley, Andrew Stephenson.
Supporters Club Man Of The Match, Sponsored by Greensleeves: Andre Gonzales.
Coleshill: Paul Hathaway, Andre Gonzales, Josh Quaynor, Tom Weale, Tom Fishwick, Rob Evans (Jesse Race), Reece Leek (Brendon Murphy), Danny Tymon, Jordan Nadat, Dean Rathbone (Simeon Cobourne), Giovanni Dainty. Subs not used Craig Milligan, Dale Taylor.
South Shields: Liam Connell, Craig Baxter, Darren Lough, Jon Shaw, Dillon Morse, Julio Arca, Robert Briggs, Wayne Phillips (Carl Finnigan), Andrew Stephenson (Barrie Smith), Michael Richardson (Alex Nicholson), David Foley. Subs not used Louis Storey, Gavin Cogdon.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
Late Goal Breaks Coleshill Hearts
Unfortunate Coleshill town have it all to do after suffering last minute heartache in their FA vase semi-final first leg defeat to favourites South Shields. Andrew Stephenson plundered a 90th minute winner to settle a pulsating Pack Meadow tie in which the hosts twice hit the woodwork and had an injury time penalty appeal waved away. The visitors looked silky with the ball but Coleshill carried the greater threat in the first half as defender Rob Evans swivelled and shot into the chest of goalkeeper Liam Connell before twice cutting out danger at the other end. Jordan Nadat was presented with a golden opportunity on 34 minutes but his floated 20 yard shot was flicked away by the airborne Connell. Nadat was not to be denied though, finding the bottom far corner at the second attempt after Gio Dainty had recycled a corner on the stroke of half time. The visitors came out with renewed impetus in the second half and soon levelled when Stephenson's powerful drive across goal was pushed into the ppath of Rob Foley who made no mistake from close range. Michael Richardson steered wide from Craig Baxter's hanging cross as Shields threatened to run away with matters - but tiring Coleshill mustered some extra energy. Andre Gonzales saw his goalbound cross pushed onto the woodwork by Connell and Tom Weale's clever free kick drew another smart stop as Town pushed on. Jesse Race's header then cannoned off the inside of the post and Richardson made sure is was hacked away with 18 minutes left. Richardson cushioned wide of an open goal from 40 yards following home keeper Paul Hathaway's headed clearance but the sting in the tail arrived when Darren Lough's shot fizzed across the box and Stephenson made sure at point blank range. Coleshill kept probing and had a creditable penalty shout turned down when Simeon Cobourne's rising shot hit the out-stretched arm of Lough in added time but Referee Scott Oldham was unmoved by the appeal.
NON LEAGUE PAPER WROTE
So Far, Yet Now We're So Close
Irate joint-boss Lee Picton admitted South Shields had not warranted their first leg lead against Coleshill and insisted: "We were a million miles away."
Andrew Stephenson plundered a 90th minute winner to settle a frenzied tie in which Coleshill twice hit the woodwork and had an injury time penalty appeal waved away.
Jordan Nadat found the net for Town on the stroke of half time, converting at the second attempt after Gio Dainty had recycled a half cleared corner. It was the least the Colemen deserved after carrying the greater threat in the first half but Shields came back out like a team that had endured Picton's wrath immediately after the interval. David Foley scrambled in after Stephenson's blast across goal had been parried by Paul Hathaway within two minutes of the restart and the visitors looked like running riot for a short spell. Michael Richardson missed the pick of the chances, nodding wide Craig Baxter's cross from point blank range, before Coleshill regained their composure. Home full back Andre Gonzales saw his goal bound cross pushed onto the woodwork by Liam Connell and Tom Weal's clever free kick drew another smart stop as Town pushed on. Jesse Race's header then cannoned off the inside of the post for Richardson to clear and the sting in the tail arrived when Darren Lough's shot fizzed across the box for Stephenson to force home. Coleshill still had time for a creditable penalty shout when Simeon Cobourne's rising shot hit the outstretched arm of Lough in added time but referee Scott Oldham was unmoved.
"I have mixed emotions," said Picton of his Northern League high flyers. "We have taken an advantage to our place but were a million miles away from our normal levels in lots of ways. We have a lot of reflecting and preparing to do over the coming days to address some of the issues that cropped up and put in a better performance at home. Hopefully, you will see the real South Shields next week because that was a really diluted version of our normal game. I don't want to take anything away from Coleshill. They caused us different problems, some of which we didn't deal with well at all, but there is so much more to come from us."
Meanwhile, home boss Simon Lyons felt aggrieved over one or two decisions and argued his Midland Football League Premier side had warranted at least a draw. "There was a clear hand ball for their first goal so we feel a little hard done by," said Lyons. "At the start of the game I just wanted us to be in the tie going into the second leg. It didn't quite go our way but we will go up there with a game plan and confident of turning it around."
On the late handball claim Lyons said: "I thought we had a shout. You couldn't quite see from where we were to be fair but it looked like there might have been something there. We hit the bar with ten minutes to go and I thought we posed a threat from set pieces for most of the game. I didn't think we deserved to get beaten. Okay, they were busy and lively but I didn't think they did enough. A draw would have been fair."
STAR MAN: Michael Robinson.
REFEREE: Scott Oldham.
A View From The Other Side
A Match Report taken from South Shields web site
https://southshieldsfc.co.uk/match/cole ... h-shields/
South Shields will take a one-goal lead into the second leg of the Buildbase FA Vase semi-final after Andrew Stephenson’s 90th minute goal secured a 2-1 win at Coleshill Town.
It was a tough afternoon for the Mariners in the Midlands, and they had to come from a goal behind at the break.
David Foley levelled things up early in the second half before Stephenson turned in the winner to spark joyous celebrations among the huge travelling support.
In truth, Shields had not been at their best for much of the encounter at Pack Meadow.
Joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton opted not to risk Gavin Cogdon or Carl Finnigan from the start, after both sustained injuries in the Durham Challenge Cup semi-final win at Consett 11 days earlier. Both did, though, make the bench.
Shields made a decent opening to the game, and Foley sliced an early effort wide from distance as the visitors fired the first warning shot.
However, Coleshill grew to have the better of the first half, with Liam Connell called into action on a number of occasions in the Mariners’ goal.
His first job was to tip over a decent free-kick from home left-back Joshua Quaynor, while he also made a good stop from Robert Evans after a swivel and shot.
The dangerous Jordan Nadat also went close early on as he received the ball with his back to goal and turned well, before his effort was well blocked by Dillon Morse.
A further opportunity came Nadat’s way when a ball over the top saw him enter a foot race with Connell, and when the Shields goalkeeper got to it first, he blasted it against the striker and out for a goal kick.
The Mariners were dangerous when they broke into attacking areas, and one decent chance came when a cross field ball was controlled by Foley, who took a touch before hitting a low effort which was blocked.
Again, though, home goalkeeper Paul Hathaway was not called into serious action.
Connell made arguably his best save of the match soon after when Nadat fired towards the top corner from distance, with the Shields stopper pulling off a superb one-handed stop to force it out for a corner.
He was finally beaten in the 45th minute when Giovanni Dainty’s dangerous ball from the left was attacked by Nadat, and although Connell did brilliantly to beat it away, the striker was there to tuck in the rebound.
Shields needed to produce a strong response after half-time, and they did just that, delivering arguably their best spell of the match in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Darren Lough was a constantly useful attacking outlet down the left, and after good work from Foley, the left-back had the first shot of the second period smothered by Hathaway.
Lough was involved in the Mariners’ equaliser, which came in the 47th minute.
After a corner was half-cleared, Lough took the ball down and played it into the feet of Stephenson on the inside-left of the box. He sent an effort arrowing towards the bottom right corner, and when Hathaway managed to parry it, Foley showed great composure to take it down on the chest and then force it over the line.
Shields pushed on, and could have went in front when Craig Baxter’s cross from the right landed perfectly onto the head of Michael Richardson, but he nodded wide.
Slowly, Coleshill began to get more of a foothold in the second half as the game again became even.
The hosts almost retook the lead when Andre Gonzales’ right-wing cross looked to be heading into the top corner, only for Connell to claw it away from danger.
There were chances at both ends, with Foley firing over on the turn for Shields before Connell pushed a low free-kick from Thomas Weale around the post.
A golden opportunity fell to substitute Finnigan within nine minutes of his introduction as Robert Briggs played him in on goal, but Hathaway was quickly out to close the angle and did well to push it away.
If that was close, Coleshill went even closer at the other end when Nadat hammered an effort against the post from 10 yards, and Richardson was on hand to clear off the line when it bounced back across goal.
The game could have gone either way, with both teams desperate to take an advantage into the second leg at Mariners Park.
Julio Arca was in excellent, determined form for Shields, and when he produced a stunning nutmeg deep inside his own half, he sent a superb ball over the top for Foley to run onto. Hathaway got there first, but his clearance fell the way of Richardson, who saw his effort from 35 yards trickle agonisingly wide as the goalkeeper desperately tried to get back on his line.
Just as it appeared the tie may be level going into the second leg, the Mariners clicked into gear again.
Substitutes Finnigan and Alex Nicholson linked up on the right to send Foley bursting into the box, and his ball across goal was diverted towards the net by Lough and then in by Stephenson, who in truth knew little about it.
It may not have been pretty, but it was enough to get Shields’ noses in front.
It was an advantage they held onto until the end, despite two scrambles inside the Mariners’ penalty area in stoppage time.
At half-time in the tie, it is Shields who hold the one-goal lead, but it is still all to play for on Saturday at Mariners Park as the two teams again go head-to-head in the battle to reach Wembley.
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