Whitley Bay 3 Newcastle Reserves 1

WHITLEY Bay reached the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup after a deserved win over Newcastle United Reserves at Hillheads.

WHITLEY Bay reached the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup after a deserved win over Newcastle United Reserves at Hillheads.

The Magpies, holders of the trophy, were far from their best throughout the game and a vociferous home crowd of 774 helped roar the FA Vase semi-finalists to a memorable success.

A ferocious start saw a goal after just five minutes; former Tranmere trainee Paul Robinson swapping passes with Lee Kerr before smashing home left footed from 20 yards.

United, though, found a reply within six minutes as Wesley Ngo Baheng made a scoring return from a four-month hamstring layoff after Patrick McLaughlin’s slick through ball

The Northern League outfit dominated the rest of the half and Phil Bell had a brave header kept out by Swedish keeper Ole Soderberg.

The home fans thought their side had regained the lead when Kerr, a former United trialist, saw a 20-yard drive cannon off the advertising hoardings before nestling in the rear of Soderberg's net just moments later.

Ngo Baheng could have nosed the visitors in front following an incisive breakaway on the half-hour mark but his deft dink went just wide.

Chris Moore was making a farewell appearance for Bay before a move to Darlington and the former Magpie youngster went close, his thunderous strike kept out by Soderberg.

The Seahorse pressure eventually told and four minutes before the break Paul Chow headed home a corner.

Bell's long throw-ins had caused problems all night and Bay's answer to Rory Delap had a major hand in his side's third on 61 minutes; his missile landing on the head of skipper David Coulson who flashed beyond Soderberg from close range.

United chased a response and Shane Ferguson's low shot was deflected onto the base of the post by keeper Kindley in the 71st minute.

Whitley, though, had chances to extend their advantage.

WHITLEY BAY: Thomas Kindley, Craig McFarlane, David Coulson (c), Phil Bell (Mark Waite 83), Leon Ryan, Callum Anderson (Richard Hodgson 52), Chris Moore, Paul Robinson, Damon Robson, Paul Chow (Chris Reid 80), Lee Kerr Subs (not use): Johnston, Burke

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Ole Soderberg, Dan Leadbitter, Ben Tozer, Jeff Henderson, Paul Dummett, Jonny Godsmark (c) (Greg McDermott 80), Brad Inman, Patrick McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Phil Airey 46), Frank Danquah (Conor Newton 61) Subs (not used): Alwnick, Folan

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