Match report v DarlingtonRa

Newcastle Benfield welcomed second division side Darlington Railway Athletic to Sam Smith’s Park for first time since March 2007, a 3-0 victory for the hosts who were hoping to be as successful as in the previous round in which they won the first Coach Lane Clasico of the season, beating West Allotment Celtic 5-1 at Whitley Park.

The first half was not the best that had been seen at Benfield this season with only two bright spots; the first occuring in the 16th minute. JOSH SCOTT had the ball at his feet out on the left wing; he advanced past one defender before cutting into hit a strong low drive into the far bottom corner of the net to make the score1-0 to Newcastle Benfield.  The second came as halftime was approaching. In the 45th minute MEESHAK KANDA gained possession on the half way line, advancing forward he went past two defenders and, with no one closing him down, hit a 25 yard curling left foot shot which flew into the top right hand corner of the net, giving David Harrison no chance of saving, making the score 2-0 to Newcastle Benfield at half time.

Only eight minutes of the second half had gone by when Benfield’s Tom McNamee sustained an injury and had to go off to be replaced by Alex Berhan. The Benfield substitute was soon involved in the game and within three minutes of coming on beat two defenders before lobbing the ball to Ryu Williamson but good anticipation by Jake Charlton saw the ball cleared for a corner which was well defended by the Darlington defenders. Just before the hour mark Benfield got a third goal, Meeshak Kanda played a pass to Ryu Williamson, the flying winger advanced to the goal line before pullIng the ball back into the stride of SCOTT McCARTHY who side footed the ball into the net from six yards to make the score 3-0 to Newcastle Benfield.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Poor defending just after they had got their third goal nearly allowed Darlington RA a way back into the game, allowed a long pass down the right wing was  controlled  by Matthew Hughes he advanced forward cutting in to shoot but to the relief of the  Benfield supporters in the seething, swaying mass of 34 paying punters, he put the  ball wide of  the  goal spurning a good opportunity to get a goal back.

Seventy two minutes had gone by when another of Benfield’s young substitutes Matty Cornish got in on the action. After a strong mazy run down the left wing he found Ryu Williamson in a good goal scoring area but his poor effort on goal went high over the bar.

It took a combination of Marc Dummett and Lewis Scorgie in the 76th minute to deny Darlington a free shot on goal after poor defensive play by Moussa Bakhti, he tried to dribble out of a tight situation but lost the ball to an opposition player.

Benfield had a great chance to increase their lead in the 79th minute, a long clearance out of defence saw Scott McCarthy gain possession of the ball 35 yards from goal, striding forward he advanced into the R.A. penalty area before being unceremoniously bundled over by Islam Mohamad. McCarthy elected to take the penalty in the absence of Paul Brayson, although it had a reasonable amount of pace on the shot it was too close to the Darlington keeper David Harrison who made a good save diving to his left pushing the ball out for a corner.

In the 80th minute player manager Mark Convery who had come on as substitute for Dylan McEvoy produced a terrific  pass from a free kick direct to McCarthy but his control let him down thus missing two great chances to get a hat trick.

SCOTT McCARTHY eventually did get a second goal to his name but that took two goes. Team mate Meeshack Kanda put him through with a well hit pass, advancing forward his first shot was blocked by the  Darlington keeper but the ball rebounded back to him leaving an empty net to hit the ball into making the score 4-0 to Newcastle Benfield. Full time was nearing and in the first minute of added on time Benfield rubbed salt into the wound by adding a fifth goal, again McCarthy was involved, with Darlington pushing forward another long ball found them square at the back allowing the Benfield Striker a free run in on goal but once again his effort was blocked the ball rebounded to MEESHAK KANDA was following up and from the rebound he netted his second goal to make it 5-0 to Newcastle Benfield which was the final score.

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Turnbull, Bakhti, McNamee (Berhan), Scorgie, Dummett, Williamson, McEvoy (Convery), McCarthy, Kanda, Scott (Cornish)

Substitutes: Uddgren, Bramley              

Man of the Match: Kanda

By Allan Young

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