Sunderland Ryhope C.W. 0 Newcastle Benfield 3
Saturday 5th October 2019
Ryhope Recreation Ground
The Lions roared to a fine victory on Wearside on Saturday afternoon as a second half treble eased the lads to a fine 3-0 victory at Sunderland Ryhope C.W.
The early exchanges were pretty even with both sides having opportunities to break the deadlock, however a combination of goalkeeping saves and off target shots resulted in the scores remaining level.
Dennis Knight in particular was looking lively in attacking areas linking up well with Giraud and Brayson before the latter was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Baltazar.
There was a key moment in the 39th minute when a soft penalty was awarded to our hosts but the impressive Andrew Grainger turned Rae’s spot kick effort around the post to keep proceedings level at the interval.
Benfield started the second half brightly with Knight and Giraud both going close in the early passages of play. Dennis Knight continued to be on the receiving end of some illegal challenges and in the 65th minute, the hosts were finally punished as Knight was brought down in the area. ￼Knight himself stepped up to calmly fire the lads in front.
Just three minutes later the lions doubled their advantage as Knight fired the ball across the Ryhope area which Glen-Ravenhill was unlucky to divert onto the crossbar
before a following up Giraud headed the rebound past a despairing Winter in the Ryhope goal.
In the 73rd minute Glen-Ravenhill put the icing on the cake after being slipped through. The former Whitley Bay man still had work to do as he raced towards goal but bided his time before excellently slipping the ball into the corner of the net.
Benfield saw out the remainder of the contest to preserve a fine clean sheet and return up the A19 with maximum points.
All of the visitors deserve credit for the victory which was set up after a commanding first half from Grainger. Each and every one of the lads were able to reflect on a fine afternoons work, however Mechack Kanda deservedly walked away with the man of the match award after a faultless showing.
The whole squad can look forward to the remainder of October with optimism as a busy month unfolds.
Match Report Kev Larkham
Photos Paul Mcfeeley
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