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Defending champions Newcastle relinquished their grip on the
Northumberland Senior Cup on Tuesday night, exiting to Northern League Morpeth
at the Semi Final stage.
Peter Beardsley's side can have no complaints though, after their part-time
opponents dominated the tie and created the vast majority of scoring
The Highwaymen took the game to their opponents at every opportunity and
registered a first effort on goal through former Magpie reserve Ben Sayer
barely ten seconds after the first whistle.
United had threatened twice in the opening quarter of play, Liam Smith's free
kick flashing wide on 11 minutes and Jamie Holmes blasting over soon after.
However the visitors were gifted a 22nd minute opener after Jak Alnwick's
misguided clearance fell for Sean Taylor to shoot home.
But it took United just five minutes to level as Tom Heardman ran on to
a Jamie Holmes pass before neatly lobbing Niall Harrison in the Morpeth net.
The Northern League side should have gone in for their half time cuppa ahead
again, more poor defensive work seeing a header fall to Daniel Taggert in
front of goal.
His first time volley was narrowly wide from 12 yards, but just three minutes
after the restart the striker hit the target, the United defence going AWOL as
he shot home.
Matches of this type often see the non-leaguers begin to run out of steam
after the hour mark as the superior fitness of the Academy side becomes
Someone obviously forgot to tell Morpeth that though, as they continued to be
a threat - left back James Novak catching the eye as he marauded forward at
Newcastle did belatedly manage some longer periods of possession and Olivier
Kemen looked to inspire his side from a central midfield position.
Unfortunately though, service to Heardman and Jonathyn Quinn remained sadly
sub-standard, Quinn twice blasting wildly over when presented with anything
like a sight of goal.
And United's misery was complete on 83 minutes, as Taylor sped in from the
right and a low cross was turned past his own keeper by Lewis Suddick from
The prospect of an all-Northern League final had looked bright when Whitley
Bay took an early lead at Blyth, but Spartans levelled in the closing minutes
of normal time before scoring twice in extra time to book their place.
That sets up a rerun of the 2007 final, when Morpeth won 3-2 on a memorable
night at SJP. Blyth though will feel that 2015 could be the year that they
finally get their hands on this trophy, having finished as runners up on no
less than ten occasions since their last success in 1994.