NEWLANDS manager Joe Hakings praised his side’s efforts as they defeated division one rivals Trafalgar 4-3 on penalties in the semi-final of the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup at Staxton yesterday.
In a very even contest there was not much between the two sides and if either had found a goal in normal time then that would probably have been enough to seal the deal.
The best chance of the game fell to Newlands striker Eric Hall in the 65th minute but he fired wide after a goalmouth scramble.
Trafalgar battled away on a wet Sunday morning in Staxton but they rarely tested Newlands keeper Sean Pinder.
The game finished 0-0 after normal time and with no extra-time it went straight to spot-kicks.
Ben Luntley scored what turned out to be the decisive penalty for Newlands before Danny Price missed for Trafalgar to see Newlands win it 4-3.
Jamie Patterson also missed for Trafalgar who were left wondering where it all went wrong.
Hakings said: “What a top effort from the lads, I am proud of every single one of them and they deserve to get through to the final.
“We knew that it would be a tough game and Trafalgar are never easy to play against because they have some very good players.
“I thought we held our nerve and showed good composure in the shoot-out.
“It was a bit of a scrappy game and the conditions were not brilliant but it was the same for both sides.”
Newlands: Sean Pinder, John Manson, Jordan Mintoft, Josh Hakings, Jason Harrison, Michael Wilson, Jack Hakings, Ben Luntley, Eric Hall, Kile Fields, Jamie Gallagher.
Trafalgar: Gary Ellwood, Paul Watson, Baz Gill, Ricky Nock, Dean Craig, Kris Tate, Jamie Patterson, Sean Exley, Luke Jenkinson, Ben Salt, Liam Cooper.