Ebac Northern League Division 1
Newcastle Benfield V Ryhope CW
A really tough game was expected today against a team that was on an unbeaten five match run and only one team has conceded less than Ryhope with a goal difference of 20.
You could see from the start that Ryhope had come to mean business and had it not been for a strong block tackle in the second minute from Benfield’s Lewis Scorgie, Jon Weirs would have had a good chance to get the opening goal.
Play then settled down until the eighth minute when a brilliant through ball from Benfield’s Connor Walker found Paul Brayson who saw is effort well saved by Ryhope’s keeper James Winter but the ball rebounded out again to Brayson who saw his second effort bring an even better save out of the Ryhope keeper keeping the score at 0-0.
Play then settled down for the next ten minutes until the eighteenth minute when a great cross from Benfield fullback Peter Glen-Ravenhill found Paul Brayson who unluckily for him saw his strong effort crash off the Ryhope post and away to safety.
Twenty minutes had elapsed when a golden opportunity went the way of Ryhope for the first goal of the game, Ryhope number 9 Jon Weirs produced a great chance for Danni Lay who showed that he was more comfortable in defence in his centre half role as he headed the ball high over the Benfield bar.
Although Ryhope had looked the better team and the most likely to score first it was the home team that came close in the twenty-fourth minute after a strong run down the right wing by Peter Glen-Ravenhill, the Benfield fullback then found team mate Ryan McGorrigan who saw his shot well blocked by Ryhope captain Ben Riding.
It wasn’t long however before the first goal arrived, poor play by Benfield goalkeeper Andrew Grainger saw him lose possession of the ball with team mate Lewis Scorgie pulling Robbie Bird back and after giving the penalty away he was also yellow carded for his action. From the resultant penalty kick James Ellis sent the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger the wrong way to make it 1-0 to Ryhope.
Ryhope were now controlling the game and in the thirty-seventh minute, came close to a second goal when a run down the left wing by Kyle Davis saw his dangerous cross eventually cleared for a corner.
With five minutes of the half remaining Paul Brayson had a good opportunity to get an equaliser when he gained possession from a great pass by Ryan McGorrigan, one on one with the Ryhope keeper James Winter he saw his effort well saved for a corner.
Two minutes from halftime and Ryhope could have been two up, when a break out of defence found the ball at the feet of Danni Lay but his well stuck effort was deflected for a corner after hitting a Benfield player.
Just when Benfield thought that they might go in at halftime only one goal down, things changed in the forty-fifth minute when James Ellis scored his and his team’s second goal when he quickly turned after receiving a pass to drive a low left foot shot past the diving Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger to make the score 2-0 to Ryhope which it remained at halftime.
Despite being two goals down it was Benfield who came closest to getting the first goal of the second half after a good move between Aiden Haley and Ryan McGorrigan brought a good save out of Ryhope keeper James Winter. Whilst it was going to be a tough task for Benfield to get the two goals back against a well organised defence it was made virtually impossible in the fifty-sixth minute when from a corner on the left found the head of Ryhope captain Ben Riding with his bullet header flying into the Benfield net to make it 3-0.
Things settled down a little for the next fifteen minutes until an error occurred when a poor pass from Benfield captain Mark Turnbull was pounced on by James Ellis who made no mistake after going around the Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger for his teams fourth goal and also his personnel hat trick.
The end was getting nigh for Newcastle Benfield and they thought it couldn’t get any worse getting beaten 4 nil at home but it could, as with five minutes of play left Ryhope broke down the left wing in a three man move before the ball was crossed into the Benfield Penalty area to find substitute Karl Southern who gleefully side footed the ball home to make the score 5-0 to Ryhope which was the fulltime score-line.
Man of the Match … Aiden Haley
Reporter: Allan Young