Colliers exit Durham Challenge Cup with Consett defeat
On a windy evening at the Welfare Park, two goalkeeping errors gifted Consett a 0-2 lead within the opening seven minutes, and it was always going to be an uphill task from this point.
Despite matching Consett in the first half, three further goals ensured Consett would take a spot in the last four of the Durham Challenge Cup.
Alongside a Michael Sweet brace, Michael Mackay, David Dowson and Nathan Lawrence also netted for the Steelmen.
Managers Craig Hughes and Craig Veart made three changes from Saturday’s win over Northallerton Town. Jack Pounder and Aidan Goodey were both cup tied, while Tom Goundry missed out through injury. Ryan Lincoln Barrow, Shaun Smith and David Vincent all came into the side.
The Colliers looked bright in the opening couple of minutes but the first of two gifted goals gave Consett a fourth minute lead. James Talbot passed the ball back to Kyle Donaldson who looked to flick it up and clear. He did flick it up, but the Easington stopper totally missed his attempted clearance and Sweet pinched possession for a simple tap in.
Three minutes later, Donaldson’s evening worsened. Another back pass came his way and his attempted clearance fell straight to Dowson whose simple finish doubled Consett’s lead.
Following two very avoidable goals, the game settled down.
Easington’s first half chance came in the 17th minute when Ethan Wood picked out Shaun Smith but his shot failed to find the target.
With the Colliers growing into the game, Shaun Smith won numerous corners but they all held up in the wind and proved comfortable defending for Consett.
Chris Pearson tested Kyle Hayes from long-range in the 26th minute before a great chance fell the way of the Green Army seconds later. Wood’s good work played Shaun Smith in but a good save from Hayes prevented the Easington forward.
Shane O’Brien forced another save from Hayes with a header just before the half hour mark but then the game settled down again.
Mackay went close for the visitors as the first half came to an end.
Despite matching their opposition in the first half, the Colliers went into the break two goals down.
Ten minutes into the second half, Consett almost extended their lead in dubious fashion. Calvin Smith blocked a free-kick from less than a yard away. Normally, that would result in a booking for Smith and a retake of the free-kick. However, on this occasion, the referee allowed play to continue and Smith played Mackay in. Thankfully for the Colliers, Mackay’s effort bounced back off the post.
Just before the hour mark, Consett did add a third. Sweet and Nick Cassidy linked up to find Mackay and he was allowed to turn inside the penalty area and pick out the bottom corner.
Talbot had a half chance for the Green Army but skewed wide in the 62nd minute before Consett put the win beyond any doubt with 19 minutes to play. Substitute Lawrence evaded three challenges before finding himself on goal and his composed finish beat Donaldson.
Only two minutes later, Consett added a fifth from the penalty spot. Smith was fouled in the penalty area and Sweet took responsibility to fire it straight down the middle as Donaldson dived to his right.
It proved to be a comfortable win for Consett, but the Colliers can be proud of their efforts in the Durham Challenge Cup this season.
Full-time: Easington Colliery 0-5 Consett
Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Ball, Lincoln Barrow, O’Brien, Pearson (c), Cooke, Talbot, Wood, Green, Vincent (Brian Smith, 78′), Shaun Smith (Adamson, 66′)
Unused subs: Freeman, Appleby, Redman
Consett: Hayes, Cassidy, Lavery (Convery, 69′), Purewal, McKinnon, Slocombe, Smith, Craggs (c) (Lawrence, 65′), Sweet, Dowson (Kay, 57′), Mackay
Unused sub: Male
Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: Jonny Urwin