Ashington players elated with Senior Cup success

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Ashington’s skipper and three goalscorers in the Northumberland FA Senior Cup win over Whitley Bay were elated after the 3-0 win on Wednesday night.

Captain Liam Atkin said he felt his side’s desire to succeed helped them dominate the game.

“I thought we were terrific,” he said.

“To be fair to Whitley Bay, they will probably be disappointed with their performance, but we dominated the game from start to finish.

“Two-nil up at half-time was a difficult scoreline and we had to be careful that we did not concede early doors in the second half, but we also knew if we got the next goal it would be game over.

“We were never ever going to lose it with the hunger and desire of all of the players.”

Scorer of the opening goal Andrew Johnson said it was “unbelievable@ finding the back of the net at the Gallowgate end.

He said: “For me it was an unbelievable feeling to score at what was the Gallowgate end – I’m chuffed.

“I tried to get my shot off early and drive it across the keeper and I was delighted when it went in.

“I’d had a chance beforehand where I possibly could have played the ball to Andrew Dobby.

“Our performance was like it was against Spennymoor last week – we dug in and never looked like conceding.

“We are a match for anyone if we play like we have done tonight.

“I cannot thank the fans, manager Gary Middleton and my team-mates enough.”

Mark O’Dea, who gave Ashington breathing space with the second goal late in the first half, said: “I don’t score many but the one which I got tonight was included in an excellent team display.

“It was a great ball in from James (Taylor) and I just had to give Marc Walton a shout. He left it superbly and it just fell to me.

“I looked up and saw the keeper and just hit it first time and was ecstatic when the ball hit the net.

“I was really happy with my own performance but I thought all of the lads played really, really well.

“I said before the game that we would get the ball down and play and one to 11 we were superb.

“I would love to play on this big pitch every week – it was just fantastic.”

Third goalscorer Marc Walton said: “I’m over the moon. It was unbelievable to score at St James’ Park and my goal probably killed the game off and sealed the win.

“I had scored here before in the Northumberland Senior Cup for Newcastle United Reserves, but that was probably the best tonight – it was quality and I really enjoyed it.

“The fans were class too. They never stopped singing all night and were like a 12th man for us.”