Stand-in captain Daryll Donnelly hailed his Jarrow Roofing side’s “football ability” after a disciplined performance in West Yorkshire brought them through an FA Vase first qualifying round 2-0 win against Eccleshill United.
An Olly Martin wonderstrike put the Roofers ahead after 15 minutes before Dennis Knight wrapped up the win after dancing round the keeper just before the hour mark.
But it was “the solid shape” that helped propel the South Tynesiders into the next round, according to Donnelly.
“Our footballing ability shone through in key stages of the game, but we were able to punish Eccleshill when we needed to through keeping a solid shape as a team,” Donnelly said.
“We’ve probably missed doing that so far this season because of injuries keeping out key players.”
Donnelly and the Roofing defence were once again superb, and much like the Northern League victory on Wednesday night at Team Northumbria, the stand-in skipper superbly marshalled the back line alongside Anth Myers. That enabled the Roofers to counter effectively and restrict the chances on Shaun Newbrook’s goal.
With Eccleshill on the back of two good home wins in the Northern Counties East League Division One, a step below the Roofers position, and with former Newcastle United midfielder Des Hamilton in their dugout, confidence was high in Yorkshire but the Roofers quickly nullified the home side’s attempt at a flying start to the game.
And after gaining control of the match, Roofing were in little mood to relinquish that control.
The opener came after 15 minutes when Ethan Wood surged into the box before being dispossessed. The ball spun out of the penalty area in a central position where Davey Palmer, sliding in, won the ball back and popped it out wide right to Martin. The Jarrow youngster took a step inside, switched the ball onto his left foot, and executed a superb driven strike which left the keeper rooted to the spot, finding the far top corner of the goal.
Ten minutes later and Roofing had two opportunities in as many minutes to add to their lead with Lewis Walton instrumental in both chances.
First a long run down the left saw his centre latched onto by Palmer but his low shot was saved by the keeper. Then a pull back from the touchline to Lee Kerr saw a curling shot clear the bar by millimetres.
After the break, Eccleshill came out quickly, trying to get back into the game, but the backline repelled the pressure before Roofing struck through Knight.
Palmer won the ball in midfield and played sideways to Kerr whose throughball saw Knight beat the offside trap, dance around the keeper and finish into an open goal.
“It was a fine performance and we gave very little away,” said Roofing joint manager Richie McLoughlin.
“We played more like we know we can and our plan worked.
“It was a solid display at the back, giving them very little chances to break us down, and with the midfield four all working well and making chances for the two front men, who where waiting for the opportunity to attack when possible, we were difficult to beat.”
The win sets up a home tie on Saturday week at Boldon against Knaresborough Town who have a 100% record in their league with the Yorkshire side topping the table that Eccleshill are in.
Roofing Man of the Match: Anth Myers
Match reporting: Andy Hudson
|1. Shaun Newbrook|
|2. Ross Toward|
|3. Daryll Donnelly||Yellow Card|
|4. Anth Myers|
|7. Lee Kerr||Assist|
|10. Dennis Knight||Goal|
|11. David Palmer||Assist|
|2. Corey Barnes|
|13. Lewis Walton|
|15. Ethan Wood|
|17. Olly Martin||Goal|
|18. Liam Henderson||Sub13|
|21. Gary Dadd||Sub17|