REPORT | Dunston UTS 5-1 Chester-Le-Street Town
Dunston progressed into the Quarter Finals of the Durham FA Challenge Cup following a convincing 5-1 victory over Chester-Le-Street Town FC.
Two first half penalties from Michael Fowler put Dunston into a deserved lead, but they were pegged back when Connor Finley struck for the visitors just before half-time.
A number of changes were made in the Dunston line-up from Saturdays draw at Tadcaster Albion. Jack Camarda was rewarded with his first start, whilst Ursene Mouanda, Michael Pearson, Jack Elliott and Jake Jensen all made starts.
Dunston began strongly and Terry Galbraith had the first chance of the match, turning and firing over a volley just over from inside the box. Richard Coulson then came close, driving an effort at goal and seeing it parried wide for a corner, before Dunston were awarded a penalty when Coulson was fouled in the box.
Michael Fowler stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and give Dunston the lead on 19 minutes.
It almost got better for Dunston shortly after, with Coulson going close again and drawing another fine save from Kieran Hunter in the Chester-Le-Street town goal.
On 32 minutes, Dunston did get their second, and it was Fowler again on the scoresheet, dispatching another penalty following a foul on Mouanda who had surged into the box.
The visitors had their first real chance on 45 minutes, and they got themselves back in the tie when Finley picked the ball up 35 yards out and let fly – a rocket flying into the net to make the score 2-1 at the break.
The second half lacked the quality that the first did, but Dunston controlled the game well and were the only team that looked like scoring.
Fowler glanced a header wide, before Jensen fired wide as Dunston chased that elusive third goal to kill the game off.
Liam Thear went close for Dunston with 20 minutes to play – a flowing counter attack from Mouanda led to Elliott playing in Thear who forced a low save from Hunter.
On 75 minutes, Dunston’s victory was made safe. On his full debut – Camarda was on hand to fire low into the net following pinball in the box to make the score 3-1.
Thear came close again to increasing Dunston’s lead, but his shot was easily saved by Hunter. Dunston did get their fourth late on when Jensen bundled home from a corner to send Dunston convincingly into the next round.
There was even time for a fifth. This time, a corner was whipped in across the face of goal with Michael Pearson heading home past Hunter to send the Dunston fans home happy.
Despite the scoreline, it was a spirited performance from the Northern League side but ultimately Dunston’s quality showed on the night.
A trip to Stockton Town awaits Chris Swailes’ side in the next round, with ties set to take place on the week preceding Saturday 17th December.