GoalscorersFoley, Phillips, Morse, Briggs, Cogdon (2)
Newport Pagnell's FA Vase adventure came to an end at the quarter final stage to Northern League high fliers South Shields. Newport's afternoon almost got off to a perfect start when Elliott Sandy netted in the first minute but the goal was disallowed because of a handball in the build up. Sadly for them within 25 minutes the tie was effectively over. The hosts went ahead in the third minute when David Foley’s shot from the edge of the box went in off the post, beating goalkeeper Mark Osborn. Three minutes later it was 2-0 when an unstoppable Wayne Phillips’ shot from 20 yards found the net. Mark Osborn pulled off a good save to deny Craig Baxter but after 23 minutes Shields forced a corner on the right and Dylan Morse headed home past Osborn unopposed to make it 3-0. Two minutes later David Cogdon won the ball on the left, played in Darren Lough and his cross found Robert Briggs at the back post, to fire in to make it 4-0.
In the second half Newport Pagnell had their first effort after 62 minutes when Darryl Smith pounced on a poor back pass. The stranded keeper, Liam Connell, managed to get enough on the ball to block Smith’s shot. Two minutes later Cogdon was fouled in the box and he stepped up to convert the penalty to make it 5-0, although Osborn was only inches from saving it, In the 70th minute Andrew Stephenson floated the ball over the visitors’ defence and Cogdon scored his second of the game, when he volleyed the ball home. Shields could have scored further goals following relentless pressure when Carl Finnigan had his shot blocked, Foley hit the bar, and two minutes later, in a one-to-one with the keeper, had a shot well saved. In the 87th minute Newport Pagnell scored the consolation goal that their spirit deserved when Sandy held the ball up in the area before curling the ball past the keeper.
At the end of the game, the home side received a standing ovation from their record crowd of 3,161 following a tremendous display of football. Newport Pagnell left Mariners Park with many positives and a host of great memories and should be extremely proud of their run to the last eight of the competition having done themselves, and the UCL, proud.