Newport Pagnell
Sunderland RCA


Smith, Pryke, Lawless


Larkin, Callen

A pulsating game in front of a record Willen Road crowd of 764 saw Newport Pagnell progress to the quarter finals of the FA Vase for the first time.  Newport made a slow start and it was no surprise when their Northern League visitors took the lead after 22 minutes when Colin Larkin hit a shot across the area and into the bottom corner.  They scored again after 38 minutes courtesy of a hard, low shot from 20 yards by Stephen Callen giving the visitors the total control of the game that their play deserved.  Newport rallied late in the half with first Dom Lawless and then Greg Ling missing good chances.


Early in the second half home goalkeeper Mark Osborn pulled off two magnificent saves from John Butler that kept his side in the game.  The home side reduced the arrears after 70 minutes when Darryl Smith, who put in a scintillating performance, lashed a loose ball into the top right corner from 12 yards.  Newport then put Sunderland under intense pressure but, with the visitors valiantly blocking shot after shot, it looked as if the equaliser was not going to come.  However the weight of pressure eventually told in the last of the six minutes of stoppage time as centre half Adam Pryke met Junior Muya’s cross with a glancing header.


And so to extra time.  What proved to be the winning goal came after 99 minutes as Lawless raced into the area where he confidently slotted the ball under the keeper.  The final whistle heralded ecstatic scenes as the home fans celebrated a dramatic comeback victory.


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