United reserves finished the season on high after winning the silverware through a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final.
Both sides couldn’t find the net after 90 minutes before Blyth’s Andrew Leeson put his team into the lead from close range on 5 minutes into extra-time.
United young professionals responded quickly and it was Kazenga LuaLua who produced a stunning 25-yard scorcher to level the scores within seconds. The game ended 1-1 and goes into penalties.
Garry Brown missed Blyth’s first penalty when his drive cannoned off the bar, but Toon substitute Frank Danquah spot-kick was able to saved by the Spartans goalkeeper Adam Bartlet.
But, in a much of similar great reaction from our stopper Fraser Forster, give the advance for United youngster after saving the kick from Blyth’s goalscorer Leeson.
And it was Mark Doninger, with a confident finish past former Magpie youngster Adam Bartlett, finally win it for the Geordies and voted as man-of-the-match.
Forster; Morris, Donniger, Tozer, Lough; Godsmark, Toisi (Marwood 62), LuaLua; Donaldson, Ngo Baheng (Danquah 55). Subs (not used): Soderberg, Ferguson.
Bartlet; Christensen, Leeson, Williams, Boyle (Snowdon 45); Webster, Brown, McCabe, Houlahan (Johnson 71); Dale (Dalton 90), Birks. Subs (not used): Hedley, Fenton.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Ashington)