Valencia through to semi-final

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SUNDAY’S NACYP Cup quarter-final between Ellington Juniors and Blyth Rangers Valencia Under-16s beat the weather and went ahead.

And Blyth reached their second cup semi-final of the season with a hard fought win.

Both teams did well in the first half, although Blyth’s attacking play and build up lacked the final touch.

Scoreless at half time, the second half started much the same until the home side broke the deadlock.

Ellington broke and when Rhys Brown got in tight in the box the referee pointed the spot to the disappointment of the Blyth defence.

They made no mistake from the spot kick.

Blyth made key substitutions and a change in formation saw Jack Young partner Rob Goodall up front, David Cardill and Andrew Asman anchor the midfield and man of the match Jordan Cochrane switch out wide.

Within minutes Asman’s through ball found Young who made no mistake in firing past the keeper to draw level.

Ten minutes from time and it was Young again getting in to give Blyth the lead.

A deflated Ellington could have found themselves four or five down but for some good saves and off target strikes.

But Goodall made it safe and kept up his great strike rate with a precise finish from Cardill’s through ball.

Blyth will play either Wallsend Utd or Cullercoats in the semi-final.

Blyth’s other semi-final, in the Northumberland FA NE Divisional Cup at home to Guide Post, has been rearranged for Sunday, February 26, on Broadway playing fields, kick-off 2pm.