BEDLINGTON Terriers ended the two-year reign of Newcastle United Reserves’ dominance in the Northumberland Senior Cup with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday evening at Dr Pitt Welfare Park.
Goals from Mark Convery, Mark Doninger and Richard Pell saw Terriers advance to the semi-final stage, with Shane Ferguson and JJ Hooper scoring for the visitors.
Newcastle fielded a strong starting line-up which included five players with first team experience.
The visitors began the better side, dominating play and possession but created very little.
Marcus Maddison took aim on three minutes from the edge of the penalty area, but his effort was easily held by Bedlington keeper Jack Norton.
Mehdi Abeid was the next Newcastle player to try his luck from the edge of the area, but he saw his curling effort palmed away by Norton.
This spell of pressure came to a head on 15 minutes when Maddison was brought down on the edge of the area by Doninger. With the ball placed 20 yards out towards the right hand edge of the area, Shane Ferguson curled a stunning free kick over the wall and into the top right hand corner.
The goal brought Bedlington to life as the home side began to push on and threaten the United goal.
Within three minutes Terriers could have equalised when a Steve Bowey’s cross was flapped at by Magpies keeper Jak Alnwick, but Doninger was unable to convert.
Pell kept the lead at 1-0 on 18 minutes when a right wing Maddison cross was falling on the head of Adam Campbell at the far post. The tall defender managed to just get his head to the ball with Campbell waiting to head into an empty net.
The ever dangerous Maddison was in the thick of it once more on 22 minutes.
After a mazy run down the left, he cut inside onto his right and unleashed a powerful effort on goal, with Norton fumbling the shot before covering up at the second attempt.
Nile Ranger should have doubled the lead as the clock reached the half hour mark.
Energetic Ferguson broke down the left once more, reaching the byline before hitting a magnificent ball across the six-yard box onto the foot of Ranger, but the striker could only divert a tame effort into the mid-drift of Norton.
As the first half drew to a close, Bedlington began to get on top of the game.
Firstly Phil Bannister broke in behind the Newcastle backline, but as he took his shot, Lubomir Satka got a foot in to deflect for a corner.
From the resulting set piece, Convery found Phil Cave deep on the left and he knocked the ball back into the box and found an unmarked Doninger who controlled before hitting his effort high over the bar.
Just before half-time Bedlington drew level after Bannister was brought down on the edge of the area by Remie Streete.
Convery took the ball and placed it on the left edge of the penalty area, 22 yards out. With a Ronaldo-esque run up, the lifelong Newcastle fan hit a thunderous right footed effort into the roof of the net for a deserved equaliser.
The second half began with a flood of Bedlington chances, but the home side were unable to take the lead.
On 48 minutes Bowey was played in down the left by Bannister. The 38-year-old tried to find Bannister in the box, but his left footed cross sliced off his foot and lobbed towards the top left hand corner, only to be denied by Alnwick who was forced to tip over.
From the corner, Convery played a short one-two before clipping in a cross to the near post where Bowey glanced a header agonisingly wide of the right hand upright.
Bannister created Bowey’s third chance in as many minutes. After breaking behind the Newcaste defence the striker rolled the ball back to Bowey on the penalty spot, but Alnwick was once more up to the task, clawing away his strike.
A minute later Alnwick was called into action again when Craig Baxter broke down the right and found Doninger with a pull back to the edge of the area. He ran onto the ball and hit a low effort towards the bottom left hand corner only for Alnwick to tip his shot round the post with his fingertips.
Newcastle looked to turn the tide of pressure and had two golden chances on 53 minutes.
Firstly the skilful Maddison broke once more, this time down the right, before cutting onto his left foot and hitting a shot at goal from 20 yards only to see it go well wide.
The second chance was well crafted by the left foot of Romain Amilfitano as he played in Campbell with a lobbed pass from the left. The Newcastle man chipped an on-rushing Norton but the effort beat the crossbar by the smallest of margins.
Bedlington took the lead a minute later on the counter attack.
Midfielder Doninger received the ball about 40 yards out from goal. The former Newcastle trainee took a touch before looking up and seeing Alnwick off his line and he hit a stunning lob into the top right hand corner from 35 yards out, stunning the crowd.
The game fell into a lull for quarter of an hour as United looked to get back into the game.
From a Ferguson corner on 67 minutes, Streete beat his man to the header but steered just the wrong side of Norton’s post.
Chris Carr was denied a third Bedlington goal on 70 minutes by a last second diving stop from Satka.
Convery had hit a 30-yard free kick low under the wall to Carr on the penalty spot, as Carr readied himself to hit home, Satka dived in front of the shot and diverted it wide left of the goal.
But Bedlington were not to be denied a third. Convery took the corner from the left and hit a deep cross to the back post where Pell leaped over two other Bedlington heads to power home from two yards out.
United pulled a goal back within six minutes to setup a nervy last ten for the home fans.
Newcastle’s lone bright spark Ferguson, who had been held in check for most of the second half, played a wonderful crossfield ball to an unmarked Hooper on the right and he took a step towards goal before firing a right footed shot passed Norton.
Campbell thought he had equalised on 90 minutes after getting onto a Ferguson ball at the back post. The striker steered his effort towards the bottom right hand corner only to see Norton dive to his right and get a fingertip to the ball, pushing it just wide of the post.
A thoroughly entertaining game with Bedlington coming out on top of their more illustrious opponents. Credit went to the management team of Keith Perry and Neil Saxton who orchestrated a winning game plan.
Bedlington: Norton, Baxter, Pell, Carr, Wilkinson, Cave, Morton (Gate), Convery, Doninger, Bowey, Bannister (Brayson). Subs not used: Brittain, Leeson, Shandran.
Newcastle United: Alnwick, Logan (Riley), Streete, Satka, Ferguson, Miele, Abeid, Maddison (Hooper), Ranger, Campbell, Amalifitano. Subs not used: Kitchen, Mitchell, Knight.