Updated: Aug 22
Newcastle Benfield romped to a big victory over local rivals Heaton Stannington on Saturday afternoon thanks to a fine hat trick from Dan O’Reilly.
The opening twenty five minutes offered little indication as to what was to come before the half time interval. Although the game itself was enjoyable, neither Alfie Gordon or opposite number Dan Regan had been overly stretched in terms of their involvement.
However three goals in a blistering ten minute spell was to secure the victory for the ruthless Lions and leave the Stan who were missing several regulars, on the ropes.
Having found space in the area O’Reilly fired superbly into the roof of the net to give Benfield the lead after 26 minutes. An excellent goal from a Benfield perspective, however, Heaton Stan will be alarmed that the Benfield man had so much space.
Three minutes later it was two for Benfield and two for O’Reilly. After good work in midfield the ball was slipped to Paul Brayson down the left channel and after a fine cross, O’Reilly was on hand to fire the Lions further ahead.
On thirty six minutes it was three after more good work from Brayson found the ball fall to Cyril Giraud and although a defender tried to intervene, the youngster was stronger and bundled the ball into the net after Regan parried in the visitors goal.
A shell shocked Stan tried to find a route back into the contest before the interval with young Campbell looking lively but after good defensive work from Joe Robson in particular and after several corners, the men from Grounsell Park were unable to make inroads into reducing the deficit.
Both sides made a number of changes at half time with Andrew Grainger and Peter Glen-Ravenhill amongst the introductions for the Lions. Heaton Stan recovered well from the first half and put together some good passages of play but unfortunately for them any efforts on goal were routinely dealt with by Grainger. For Benfield Glen-Ravenhill and Jack Cooper had opportunities to increase the lead but were unable to do so.
The icing was put on the cake with ten minutes to go as Dan O’Reilly completed a fine hat trick. Good work from Glen-Ravenhill set Jake Turnbull away down the right hand side and a fine cross was calmly stroked home by the red hot former Ashington man.
The remaining ten minutes were played out without much further drama. As the referee blew for full time both sides could reflect on another excellent workout, although Heaton Stan will be looking to tightening up defensively ahead of the new season. It’s hoped that next time we meet that supporters of both sides can attend and this local derby can flourish going forward.