Coulson and Dean drive Boro to cup success

Boro report
Boro report

Scarborough Athletic strode confidently over Saturday's FA Cup banana skin to book their place in the third qualifying round of the competition.

Second half goals from Michael Coulson and Luke Dean wrapped up the win against Sunderland RCA and also made sure that Boro will be in the hat on Monday lunchtime.

It certainly wasn't all one-way traffic, as Sunderland began to press the accelerator in the second period, but once again Boro's defence held firm.

In fact it was the Northern League outfit who made the more positive start in front of a bustling Flamingo Land Stadium crowd, but they were wasteful in front of goal.

Michael Charlton shook off his markers in the Boro box, but he sliced an effort horribly wide.

Then former York City striker Colin Larkin produced the same result when he found his way onto a ball into the area.

After this, Larkin rose unmarked seven yards from goal, but he couldn't direct a header on target.

Boro defender Matty Turnbull then made a superb saving block to deny Nathan O'Neill as the hosts continued to quake in their own third.

Having consistently found the head of Sunderland centre-back Ross Preston in the opening stages, Boro finally began to play football around him, and this paid dividend.

Emile Sinclair bullocked his way into the box, but dragged an effort wide. Then Coulson drilled just past the Sunderland post, waking up the Shed in the process.

The chance of the half fell to Sinclair just before the interval, as he drifted onto a Coulson centre, but from four yards, he failed to convert.

Boro pinned Sunderland back on the ropes when the second half began, but they failed to land any telling blows.

That was until just before the hour, when Boro were gifted that all-important opening goal.

Visiting keeper Neal Bussey had an absolute nightmare as he somehow managed to give the ball to Boro striker Sinclair. He in-turn rolled to Coulson, who crashed home from the edge of the box.

It seemed as though the lead had been stretched when Max Wright drove home an angled effort, but his celebrations were curtailed by the linesman's flag.

Things began to get a touch scrappier after this, with Boro picking up a handful of yellow cards and finding themselves under some pressure.

Sunderland must have thought they had restored equilibrium when Preston drove goalwards from just three yards following a corner into the box, but somehow Dan Thirkell blocked and the chance was gone.

Having weathered the storm, Boro set out on course for the match-winning second goal.

Sam Hewitt's looping header looked to have booked it, but it was hooked off the line by a Sunderland man.

Then, with just five minutes left, Luke Dean collected from Coulson, strode purposefully into the box and stroked home.

The midfielder almost collected his second of the proceedings in the 90th minute, but that would have probably been a touch harsh on the battling northern visitors.