Never-say-die Priorymen earn FA Cup replay

11 Aug 2019 in Match Reports

High kicks! Guisborough striker Sonny Coleman (centre) and a North Shields defender vie for the ball

Guisborough ‘keeper Ryan Catterick safely gathers in a corner kick

GOOOAAAAL!! Guisborough striker Danny Earl (hidden) manages to steer a Charlie Marshall header into the net to pull the score back to 2-1 with minutes to go

Oh yes Danny Boy! Guisborough’s Danny Earl (No 9) gets the vital flick to steer the ball into the net for a memorable equaliser for the Priorymen

And Danny can’t conceal his delight as he turns away to celebrate his dramatic last-minute equaliser

Dan’s delight! Danny Earl just can’t conceal his sheer euphoria at scoring the last-ditch equaliser for Guisborough Town

Oh Danny boy! The never-say-die Priorymen earn dramatic late FA Cup reprieve with late Earl brace.

Trailing 2-0 with only minutes to go at a rain and windswept North Shields on Saturday, never-say-die Guisborough Town produced a rousing finale to keep their hopes of FA Cup glory alive.

Two goals in the last six minutes from ace goal-poacher Danny Earl earned the Priorymen a dramatic but thoroughly well-deserved replay against the North Tynesiders to send Town’s travelling players, fans and officials singing in the rain.

Danny Earl is mobbed by team-mates – and avid Guisborough fan and volunteer Andy Willis (left)

The old football saying a ‘game of two halves’ summed this pulsating match up perfectly as North Shields, playing with the wind in the first half, went in at half-time 2-0 up.

It was tough on the Priorymen who had matched their opponents stride for stride for most of the first period but defensive lapses in the 10th minute and then agonisingly just a minute from the interval gave the hosts a commanding 2-0 lead.

North Shields’ in-form striker Connor Campbell got his side off to a great start after only 10 minutes, getting the finishing touch to a low free kick at the far post.

Guisborough came back into the game strongly and Earl and Sonny Coleman both went close to getting an equaliser.

Sonni Coleman went close to getting an equaliser as Guisborough trailed 1-0

But just a minute before the break North Shields doubled their lead when Campbell got his second as his shot from just outside the area evaded the diving Guisborough ‘keeper Ryan Catterick and crept into the bottom left of the goal.

It was frustrating for Guisborough who had more than matched their opponents despite being hampered by the strong head wind as the Priorymen would have been satisfied with a 1-0 deficit at half-time.

In the second half and with the wind and rain at their backs, Guisborough pressed almost incessantly in search of a goal, with combative midfielder Ste Snaith prominent at the heart of the Priorymen’s midfield.

Combative - Steven Snaith

The introduction of Guisborough substitutes Mason McNeill, Donny Holdsworth and Steve Roberts had a positive impact and galvanised the Priorymen as they poured forward in search of that vital first goal.

Donny Holdsworth was one of the three Guisborough subs that made a real difference

It took until the 84th minute though for the Guisborough breakthrough to finally come as Roberts floated over a great corner and in a desperate goalmouth melee it was Danny Earl who got the final touch to give the Priorymen hope at 2-1 down.

GOOOAAAAL!! Guisborough striker Danny Earl (hidden) manages to steer a Charlie Marshall header into the net to pull the score back to 2-1 with minutes to go

The goal gave Guisborough – and their fans – a massive boost and as the Priorymen continued to press forward with real purpose.

And in the 89th minute the Priorymen won yet another corner and a high ball into the area was smashed home gleefully by Earl who couldn’t conceal his delight, running over to celebrate with his dad on the far touchline.

Oh yes Danny Boy! Guisborough’s Danny Earl (No 9) gets the vital flick to steer the ball into the net for a memorable equaliser for the Priorymen

After the game a delighted but cautious Guisborough Manager Gary Forster commented: “Overall, I thought we were the better side in the tie – but I am concerned at the way we have been conceding goals in this and recent matches, so we need to watch out for that.

“All in all though, it was a great feeling to get the draw late on but it is only half a job done and we will need to be at it from the first whistle in the replay on Wednesday night.

“I thought Ste Snaith was tremendous today and Tommy Marron had a good game too. Thankfully, Danny Earl dragged us back into life when we looked like we had started to give up hope,” added Gary.

The attendance at North Shields was a healthy 250 and Guisborough will be hoping to top that when the two sides replay at the KGV Stadium this coming Wednesday, 14 August (KO 7.45pm).

The full photo album from the game can be found by clicking here.

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