17th October 2017
Northern League Division One
Sunderland RCA 1 Dunston UTS 1
Attendance 134

Report By T.C.

Hard fought draw against RCA....


Dunston travelled to Meadow Park to play their EBAC Northern League fixture against Sunderland RCA, both sides are fighting it out at the top of the division and a competitive game is expected. Dunston have Fitzpatrick and Heslop returning up front.

Sunderland RCA: Bussey, Noble, McNab, Hodgson, Preston, Elliott D, Charlton, Page, Larkin, O'Neill, Cassidy.

Sub not Used: Gallen, Finch, Richardson, Ashton, Stewart.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Elliott C, Halliday, Allan, Pollock, Hall, Anderson, Thear L, Fitzpatrick, Heslop, Thear K.

Subs not Used: Jones, Stafford, Rundle, Hiftle.

Both sides started sprightly and RCA got the first opportunity in the first minute as Cassidy played in a low cross which Pollock cut out and cleared and it was Dunston who got the next chance and went into the lead as Liam Thear struck a 30 yard shot past Bussey and high in the net. Sunderland came back on 7, Dylan Elliott played in a free kick that O' Neill
met put on target a header that Harrison saved. On 10 a Chris Allan free kick was headed behind for a corner.


On 15, Larkin almost levelled as he fired in a shot past Harrison which struck the cross bar and rebounded and was cleared. On 20, Callum Elliott played a ball into Kelvin Thear running in from the left, he played the ball across the box

which was cleared. On 25, Cassidy was faced by Harrison 6 yards out, Harrison spread his body welland blocked the shot. On 31, Anderson received on the edge of the box his turn gave him space to shoot and Bussey saved. On 35, Fitzpatrick tried his luck with a 40 yard shot that flew only feet past the far post. After 38, Noble fired in a low drive which Harrison was able to push onto the post and then recover to put the ball out of play under a challenge from Larkin.


On 40, Liam Thear played in Anderson coming in from the wing and Bussey was equal to his low driven shot as he came

out to meet him. Dunston final errors of the half came from a Callum Elliott cross which Fitzpatrick was unable to direct his header on target. With half time whistle approaching, Larkin fired in a shot that slammed against the post and Harrison collected the rebound.

Half Time Score: Sunderland RCA 0 v 1 Dunston UTS

Both sides came out recharged in the second half but both defences were not giving many chances except for Fitzpatrick

on 51 who shot, Bussey dropped the ball but recovered and a minute later, Fitzpatrick turned provider as Thear fired in

and drove a shot low, this time Bussey was equal and saved it low down. On 64, Larkin played a header across the
Dunston box and Pollock had to clear. Three minutes later Larkin fed out to Cassidy who shot wide of the target. On 68 Bussey did well to collect an Allan cross high as Kelvin Thear challenged. Within minutes, Page dribbled into the box and then played out to Charlton who drove a 20 yard low shot past Harrison and into the bottom corner of the net to equalise

the score 1-1. Sunderland pressed for a winner and on 73, Charlton drove a ballacross the box, once again Pollock was their to cut out for a corner. a minute later Fitzpatrick almost scored with a shot after being forced wide, but the goal keeper saved.

The game continued into the final ten minutes Dylan Elliott drove a shot low into the goal area through a lot of players but

the ball went untouched past the post. On 84 Liam Thear met a Callum Elliott cross only to see Bussey push the ball over

the bar. Both sides continued to press for the winner but the defences were once again resilient and the game ended a

1-1 draw.

Full Time Score: Sunderland RCA 1 Dunston UTS 1

This was a hard fought game by two competitive sides, Sunderland looked the stronger, but the Dunston side were quick

on the break and gave as much as they took. Especially after scoring the early goal, Dunston playing well as a team had to thank keeper Niall Harrison who made some crucial stops in the first half.

Dunston's Man of the Match: Niall Harrison: Niall made 4 good saves in the first half that kept Dunston in the game. Overall this was a very good team performance against a strong confident side.


Niall Harrison, Dunston UTS man of the match


Referee, C. Dean Assistants, G. Scott and M. Conroy


Sunderland RCA Match report 


Next Home Game: Saturday 21 October 2017, v Burscough in FA Vase 3:00 KO