Asman hat-trick seals Valencia cup final date

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A CROWD of more than 100 saw Blyth Rangers Valencia Under-16s come from two goals down to beat Guide Post Juniors 3-2 in the Northumberland FA North East Divisional Cup semi-final.

The first half started with a fast pace and it was Guide Post who drew first blood when they capitalised on a sloppy clearance and in a goalmouth scramble took the lead midway through the first half.

Blyth pressed forward but it just wouldn’t fall for them, and then against the run of play and a minute before half-time, Guide Post grabbed a second and looked comfortable at two-nil up.

The second half saw three changes and Blyth started the brighter side.

Andrew Asman and David Cardill held more of the ball in midfield and Rhys Brown and Jack Young partnering each over in the centre of defence, stopping any attack from the visitors.

With half an hour to go, Josh Carr, on after four weeks out injured, and the introduction of Connor Vincent, meant a change of formation.

And instantly an unmarked Rob Goodall almost got a goal but his volley went over the bar.

Finally Blyth got back in it when Asman headed home a Jack Young free kick minutes later.

And a rejuvenated Blyth were soon level when Asman’s shot from just inside the area from another Young free kick proved too powerful for the keeper to hold.

With ten minutes left and extra time looming, Liam Sinkinson broke down the left, cut inside and forced a great save from the keeper.

And with three minutes remaining, from Carr’s lay off, Asman got the winner with a 25-yard strike straight into the top right corner.

A deserved hat trick for the man of the match and an inspirational performance from the attacking midfielder.

A nervous last couple of minutes saw Michael Morris make an excellent last ditch tackle in the box to deny Guide Post an opportunity to equalise.

A deserved win and a great performance by both teams. Blyth will play Cramlington Juniors in the final after they beat Blyth Spartans 2-1 in the other tie.