In the Morpeth Sunday League’s ES Johnson Challenge Cup final, Bedlington Barrington Arms edged out Red Row Brick Club 2-1 after extra time to ensure it was party time on the town’s Front Street on Sunday night.
However, it could have been a different story if ‘The Monkey’ goalkeeper Lee Hall had not been in fantastic form in the first half.
And Barrington could have probably considered themselves fortunate to go in at half-time with the score level.
After Barrington player-manager Chris Hay’s interval team talk, his side came out a lot sharper in the second half and they took the lead with a piece of magic from Dylan Williamson, which has typified his season.
A long ball was flicked on to Williamson from captain Roy Pattison, and after beating a couple of defenders he unleashed an unstoppable 30-yard drive that flew into the net.
From that point on the game was a cagey affair with the Barrington happy to sit back and defend.
But they just could not get the killer second goal which proved to be costly, and with only seconds remaining a Red Row free kick into the box was not dealt with and the ball was headed on to Adam Shanks who made no mistake with a cool volley into the bottom left hand corner to send the game into extra time.
At this point the momentum was firmly with Red Row, and a lesser team may have folded, but at the very end of the first period of extra time Bedlington regained the lead.
A brilliant free kick from Calum Donohoe on the left was flicked on by Chris Moffitt at the near post and the ball looped over the goalkeeper and into the top corner of the goal.
The second period of extra time was mostly uneventful but in the dying seconds Red Row had a goal disallowed from a corner as one of their players was adjudged to have fouled David Scott in the build-up.
Seconds later the full-time whistle blew and after last week’s cup final heartache Barrington finally got their hands on some silverware.
In the only other game of the day, division two sides North End Trap and Shakespeare Tavern battled to a 2-2 draw.
Ian Turnbull and Anth Towers both scoring for Trap while Ian Elliot grabbed a brace for Shakespeare.