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North Shields Youth 3 Seaham Red Star Youth 1 (01/10/2018) – Giles at the double as Young Robins progress in the FA Youth Cup

Marcus Giles bagged another two goals as the impressive Young Robins see off a well-drilled Seaham Red Star side 3-1.

Following their excellent 7-1 win against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion in the previous round, a game in which Giles scored a hattrick, the young striker was on hand to give the hosts the lead after only 14 minutes.

Two further goals from Connor Walker and Giles gave the Young Robins a commanding lead at half time.

And despite an early goal for tonight’s visitors, scored by Jordan Ning in the 46th minute, the impressive Shields youngsters held on to seal an impressive victory.

Both sides came out of the blocks with the intention of getting on the front foot as early as possible. After the opening ten minutes of the game, both Shields and Seaham had a good chance a piece to open the scoring.

However, as the game entered the 12th minute, the Young Robins quality began to show as Jamie Clark tried his luck from range, only to see the ball cannon off the woodwork.

The hosts were not made to pay for this narrow miss as only two minutes later, Giles ran at the Seaham goal with the ball glued to his feet before finishing cooly past the visiting shot-stopper.

Sensing an opportunity to take a firm grip on this game, Jamie Clark fizzed a beautiful cross across the face of the visitors goal in the 20th minute, however, the ball seemed to evade everybody before bobbling away to safety.

The Young Robins deservedly doubled their lead in the 29th minute after Connor Walker, who was on the end of a beautiful flowing move, beat the keeper with a very tidy finish.

As the rain got heavier and heavier, the Robins began to look even more dangerous and in the 43rd minute, Giles capitalised on Seaham’s high defensive line when he broke through on goal before brilliantly curling the ball into the back of the net.

The visitors came out for the second half in a far more threatening manor and after only one minute, Jordan Ning pulled a goal back with a smart finish past James Peart.

Seaham were then presented with a glorious chance to reduce the deficit to just one when they were awarded a freekick on the edge of the box after the referee judged that Peart had handled the ball outside his area. Following a lengthy delay, the freekick was fired narrowly over the crossbar in the 76th minute.

As the Star streamed forwards, it left acres of space for counter attacks and in the 82nd minute, the Young Robins were awarded a penalty when the striker was felled inside the box. Unfortunately, Danny Anderson’s penalty was saved before the resulting deflection was fired over the crossbar.

Thankfully, with conditions worsening and with time running out, the referee brought the game to an end and The Young Robins enjoyed their second victory of their cup run.

North Shields u18 Starting Eleven: James Peart, Thomas Kalthoeber, Ben Gaffney, Tom Hizzett, Steve Carey, Scott Shepard, Jamie Clark, Danny Anderson, Marcus Giles, Connor Walker, Robbie Christie

Substitutes: Michael Woods, Phil Riley, Jordan Armstrong, Antonio Agostino, Anotidaishe Matvimbo

Seaham Red Star u18 Starting Eleven: Aaron Steavens, Alex Morland, Shaun Dippenar, Tyler Marley, Jacob Dow, Josh Greenfield, Morgan Darty, Rhys Clish, Taylor Richardson, Jordan Ning, Robbie Tollet

Substitutes: Tom Lawson, Josh Gutteridge, Keigan Turns