Isabella miss out on final

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BLYTH Isabella were denied a place in the Tyneside Amateur League season-ending Selcray Bowl Final when they lost their semi-final 3-2 against Longbenton.

Isabella netted through Andrew Haigh and Matthew Lavender, but were reduced to nine players.

Longbenton won with strikes from Steve McLane, Anthony Peel and Rob Woods.

They meet West Jesmond in Saturday’s final at Purvis Park, Percy Main, kick-off 2pm.

West Jesmond saw off Walker Central Reserves in another tight contest between the league’s top two sides.

Jesmond took an early lead when Michael Reay headed home, and shortly afterwards Central were reduced to ten men and looked in danger of imploding.

But Gav Cushin’s men responded magnificently and by the half hour mark had taken the lead.

First David Tulip equalised in a goalmouth scramble, then the unfortunate Stephen Callaghan headed into his own net.

Callaghan made amends by heading home ten minutes after the break to level the game, but it was another own goal that was sadly the difference between the teams, Walker’s Matty Young nodding past his own goalkeeper to put West Jesmond into their third final of an extraordinary season.

The second of those finals takes place on Tuesday, May 22, also at Percy Main, where they will face Blyth Town Reserves at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile the final outstanding group game saw Heaton Rifles and Newcastle Medicals end their season with a 2-2 draw.

Rifles led twice in the game through James Cooper and Jonny Muse, but both times Medicals levelled through Scott Flynn.