BILLINGHAM Synthonia, who are in the bottom half of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League First Division, upset the form-book when they beat Durham City in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup at West Auckland yesterday morning.
The only goal came nine minutes from the end when City goalkeeper Craig Turns was penalised for collecting a back pass. Simon Shaw rolled the ball into the path of James Magowan and he rifled into the net past the entire Durham team.
Few chances were created throughout the 90 minutes but Durham had a massive appeal for a penalty rejected on 28 minutes.
A Tommy English effort was turned wide for a corner with City claiming Adam Clough had used his hands to keep the ball out.
The game was mainly a battle of the two midfields, but Billingham finished the first half strongly with David Yale and Magowan both testing Turns.
Synners were out of the blocks quickly in the second half, but neither side could open up the play and a draw in 90 minutes looked inevitable until the underdogs struck in the 81st minute.
Just before the end, Ian Dixon almost grabbed an equaliser, but his shot flew past the post and Synners survived to begin the celebrations.
BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA: Keen, Clough, Barnes, Cater, Abel, Shaw, Harbron, Perry, Magowan, Iley, Yale.
DURHAM CITY: Turns, Harrison, Capper, Dodds, Dixon, R Smith, C Smith, Duke (Morris), Cogden, Richardson, English.
Referee: Mr S Stockbridge.