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25th October 2017
Durham Challenge Cup Round 1
Jarrow FC 1 Dunston UTS 3

Report By Billy Montague
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Dunston travelled to Perth Green to take on Ebac Northern League 2nd Division newcomers Jarrow FC in the First

Round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

 

The home side’s facilities were first class and the pitch was excellent. Dunston manager Chris Swailes was again missing several players and was forced to sign a couple of new players, Anthony Thompson and  Michael Hutchinson, in

time to bolster his substitu’ bench. Carl Jones and David Hiftle returned to Dunston’s defence.

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Dunston started the game confidently on the superb playing surface and  in the 4th minute some crisp passing set up Liam Thear but his pile-driver was blocked by Jordan Mellish. Three minutes later, a dangerous Adam Rundle cross was

tipped away by keeper Gary Frater and then another Rundle centre flew just past the angle. In the next attack Mark Fitzpatrick cut inside from the left but his low ball just evaded Callum Elliott.

 

On 14 minutes a superb Liam Thear shot was brilliantly diverted onto the bar by Frater after a clever quick free-kick by Fitzpatrick. Several dangerous attacks by Dunston just failed to produce an opener with the Jarrow team defending doggedly but the stalemate was broken on 25 minutes.

 

Some precise passing on the left between Dan Halliday and Fitzpatrick saw the latter feed in Adam Rundle and after

some neat footwork he slotted past the bemused Frater. 0 – 1.

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Adam Rundle (No 11) scores Dunston's first goal

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The home side hit back and on 27 minutes Kris Allen almost played Peter Kane in through the middle but Dunston

keeper Niall Harrison was quickly out to gather. On 31 minutes Fitzpatrick used his strength to hold the ball up on the edge of the box before shooting just past the angle. A minute later he got in again and crossed low to Callum Elliott whose close range effort was blocked by Mellish. In the 34th minute Fitzpatrick looked a certain scorer but Frater left his line to make a great save and when the ball came back to the Dunston centre-forward, Nicholas Little whipped it off his toes with a brilliant interception.

 

 Dunston were made to pay for the multitude of missed chances when Peter Kane sprinted down the left wing to earn a

corner in the 39th minute. Kris Allen swung over a dangerous flag-kick which was badly defended and the ball was met

by a firm Nicholas Quinn header that struck the bar and Jordan Mellish was on hand to fire home. 1 – 1.

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Another probing run by Mark Fitzpatrick in the 44th minute saw him square to Liam Thear whose shot scraped just wide of Frater’s goal.

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Half-Time Score:  Jarrow FC  1  Dunston UTS  1

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The pattern of play with Dunston dominating continued at the start of the second-half and they were relieved to re-take

the lead as early as the 48th minute. Some good link-up play on the right saw Callum Elliott release Mark Fitzpatrick into

the panalty area and his telling square ball across goal found the hard-running Steven Anderson who slotted past the helpless Frater. 1 – 2.

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Adam Rundle scores his second goal of the night.

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Dunston attempted to make the game safe against their spririted opponents and on 50 minutes another good passage

of passing play between Liam Thear, Fitzpatrick and Elliott released Thear who shot inches wide with Frater beaten.

Five minutes later Fitzpatrick almost did the trick when his terrific shot from 25-yards struck the face of the bar.

 

In the 59th minute, cental defender Michael Hall went on a run towards the Jarrow box before exchanging passes with Fitzpatrick but his shot was just off target. Hall was called into action at the other end five minutes later when he was forced to head a dangerous Steven Graham free-kick away for a corner. On 70 minutes Dunston skipper Dan Halliday got forward to send in a powerful shot which Frater fumbled but the keeper recovered quickly to gather before Adam Rundle could capitalise.

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Dunston got the crucial goal on 75 minutes when Callum Elliott pressure forced a poor back-pass with Liam Thear

nipping in to beat Frater to the ball before cleverly setting up Mark Fitzpatrick for an easy finish. 1 – 3. Despite this set-back, Jarrow never gave up and kept plugging away without really creating many clear opportunities to test Harrison in the Dunston goal.

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Mark Fitzpatrick chases the ball

 

On 79 minutes a strong run by Thear down the left channel saw him go past three tackles but his cross to the far post was lofted over the bar by the well placed Elliott. In the 81st minute a superb lay-off by Nicholas Quinn resulted in a good

run by Kai Elliot but David Hiftle got back well to avert the danger. As the game entered it’s later stages, both sides were still trying to play a passing game on the excellent surface. On 82 minutes another penetrating Fitzpatrick run took him into the corner of the box and when he found Liam Thear the number 10 shot across goal and just outside of the far post. The final real scoring opportunity of the Tie came on 86 minutes when Jake Stafford threaded a good pass through for

Fitzpatrick but as he ran towards goal, Frater came out bravely to claim at the forward’s feet.

 

Final Score:  Jarrow FC  1   Dunston UTS  3

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Dunston’s Man of the Match:  Mark Fitzpatrick  Mark was very energetic as we have come to expect. His honest effort sometimes hides his undoubted skills and he is always eager to bring his team-mates into play.

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Jarrow FC:  Frater, Bone, Smith, Little, Mellish, Allen, Pressling, Graham, Quinn, Kane, Murray (Elliot).

Subs not used: Simpson, Kah, McFarlane, Ahmed.

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Dunston UTS: Harrison, Hiftle, Halliday, Stafford, Jones, Hall, Elliott, Anderson (Hutchinson), Fitzpatrick, Thear L, Rundle (Thompson). Subs not used: Heslop, Grant, Martin.

 
 

 
 


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