Celtic comeback forces FA Cup replay

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Sean Reid proved to be West Allotment Celtic’s get out of jail card on Friday night.

His forceful finish capped a two-goal comeback at Hebburn Town to force an FA Cup extra preliminary round replay.

Setting out with five at the back, Allotment sat deep to counter the prospective Hebburn attack and were guilty of allowing the hosts to play their own game at will.

And Scott Oliver’s men enjoyed plenty of possession in the middle of the park.

Captain Calvin McMahon forced Ryan Beal into making an early save, and Channon North awkwardly kneed a tempting delivery into the keeper’s arms.

He did, however, open the scoring on 13 minutes, steering in a similarly deft cross.

North had two frivolous penalty appeals turned down and Smith thumped over as Hebburn looked to press home their dominance, but the score somehow remained close at the break - though North was guilty of spurning another gilt-edged chance when through on goal.

Forced to revert to four at the back due to injury, the change indirectly saw Allotment come into the game a little more, though they were indebted to Beal for a sensational one-handed parry of a Kris Summers header moments after kick-off.

Liam Hudson responded with a 25-yard raker that rattled the top of the bar.

Reid headed wide and keeper Gary Rogers had to be alert to prevent an own goal, whilst at the other end, his counterpart endured a hairy moment of his own, twice slicing an attempted clearance but recovering in the nick of time.

Heading into the final 20 minutes, North seemed to have put the result beyond doubt with a looping header, but Celtic responded through an inch-perfect Marc Dummett set-piece, ricocheting in off the underside of the bar.

And, with little sand left in the hourglass, a slick one-two between Dormand and Reid played the latter clean in, and he made no mistake with the thumping finish – keeping Allotment’s FA Cup dream alive for at least one more game.

The replay at West Allotment is on Wednesday, August 20, kick-off 7.30pm.