Brad’s hat-trick puts New Hartley Juniors through to cup final

Brad McClelland scored a first half hat-trick as New Hartlet Juniors beat Ryhope CW 3-1 in the Durham FA Junior Cup sem-final.
Brad McClelland scored a first half hat-trick as New Hartlet Juniors beat Ryhope CW 3-1 in the Durham FA Junior Cup sem-final.

NEW Hartley Juniors are through to the Durham Junior Cup final to face Redcar after beating Ryhope 3-1 on Saturday thanks to a first half Brad McClelland hat-trick.

A big crowd including new Newcastle scout Mick Tait saw Hartley take the field without five regular players against a Ryhope side that was narrowly beaten 2-1 at Hartley two weeks ago.

McClelland opened the scoring on 15 minutes when he bundled the ball over the keeper into the Ryhope net.

He made it 2-0 minutes later when he raced onto a through ball to poke past the oncoming keeper.

Just before half-time Ryhope reduced the deficit when a cross was headed home by Micky Wharton.

But there was still time for another goal before the interval as Hartley made it 3-1.

A good ball out to the right from Reece Farrell found Mark Heaman, who crossed for McClelland to prod home from close range.

The second half saw Ryhope turn the screw but skipper Nathan Johnston and his defence stood strong with the help of two supurb saves from Kyle Barnard that saw Hartley through to the final.

This will be the fourth time in five years Hartley have reached this final but have still yet to win it.

Hartley have no game on Saturday due to several players called up into the county squad.