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Progress For United's Reserves As They Sail Safely Through in Shipowners Cup

by Jeff King (with thanks to Kris Cowie for the texts!)

Wearside League - Shipowners Cup Preliminary Round - Saturday 17th September

Sunderalnd RCA Reserves 0 v 7 Chester-le-Street United Reserves

Another game day, another stunning victory for Chester-le-Street Reserves as they sailed through to the first-round proper of The Shipowners Cup. With injuries and suspensions running amok through the Club as a whole it was needs must to fill a squad for the Reserves.

But even having to play first-team outfield player and England Under-18’s midfielder, Sam Johnson in goal didn’t halt their progress.

From the kick-off United were quickly into their stride and pushing RCA back at every opportunity it didn’t take too long for the first goal to arrive. On 12 minutes Chester took the lead.

Patient play at the back allowed Callum Mcgilvray to find space on the rightHe cut the ball for Benji Jackson to hammer home from 15 yards out.

On 20 minutes, buoyed by the first goal and raising their tempo Chester went further ahead with a deserved second goal A corner bounced to the edge of the box and landed at Michael Mallaburn’s feet.

He lifted a clever ball over the back line finding Charlie Loveday who squares the ball for Josh Scurfield to tap in

It took another 17 minutes before Chester grabbed their third which virtually killed off the game by half-time. Mallaburn received the ball on the edge of the RCA box and played Loveday into the box, who again unselfishly cuts back to Noah Ellis who had the simple task 0f finishing easily.

As the teams came out for the second have, United with a comfortable 3-0 lead made a couple of substitutions with Tse Moholo and Luke Curry coming on..

It made little difference to Chester’s momentum and on 57 minutes they went further ahead through Mallaburn with a scorcher from 30 yards. He received the ball, took a touch and hit a powerful effort past the RCA keeper into the top right corner.

On 64 minutes it was 5 – 0. Cracking work from Alexis Tremoulu down the right-hand side as he nicked the ball from the RCA right midfielder then racing to the touchline and drilling the ball across for Jay Giles to finish neatly.

The sixth goal came from great build up play on 70 minutes. Liam Colledge and Alfie Jordan worked the ball out from the back to find Scurfield. He slid a lovely ball through to Jackson inside the box and he found Giles who supplied another easy finish.

The scoring was completed on 81 minutes with number 7 for United. Jackson with a great finish hammering a 15-yard shot into the top left corner of the net to end an excellent afternoon’s work for Chester-le-Street United’s Reserves,

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