New Hartley win one final and reach a second

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ON Saturday league champions Gateshead visited New Hartley in the semi-final of the Durham County League Cup.

And it was the home side who progressed into the final to play Ryhope thanks to a last minute winner.

The game was scrappy but Hartley went in front on the half hour through Jack Stanley.

But the lead lasted only 12 minutes as Lewis Lyney equalised for Gateshead.

The game was tight and looked to be heading for half an hour of extra time until Ryan Keltie poked home a 90th minute winner.

The two sides meet again tonight (Thursday) in a game that would see Hartley could clinch runners-up spot in the league with a win.

The game is at New Hartley with a 6.45pm kick-off.

The League Cup semi-final success followed a win in midweek which saw New Hartley win their first trophy of the season.

They defeated Leam Rangers 5-1 at Chester-le-Street in the Durham County Lady Eden Cup final.

Hartley went into the game as favourites but found themselves a goal down after only five minutes.

And it could have been worse for the juniors as Leam then hit the crossbar twice before Ryan Burton levelled on the half hour.

Hartley were now well and truly back in the contest.

Gradually taking control, goals from Danny Young and Nial Younger put their side 3-1 up at half-time.

The second half was all Hartley and Liam Armstrong made it 4-1 before Young got his second and Hartley’s fifth to make sure the cup came back to south east Northumberland with a final score of 5-1.