Ashington AFC



Easington Colliery

Sat 9 Sep 2017 | FA Vase | Home


Woodhorn Lane




Robert Halliday



By Brian Bennett

Footballers dream about making a good impression on their debut – only Victor Manquillo exceeded all expectations on Saturday. Just past the hour mark, the Spaniard – twin brother of Newcastle United’s Javier - came on as a substitute for Ashington during their FA Vase clash against Easington Colliery – and stole the show with a stunning goal inside two minutes.

He latched onto a headed flick by Ben Harmison following a throw in by Ben Christensen and from the flank, thundered a spectacular right footer from fully 35 yards which beat the outstretched arms of ‘keeper Kyle Donaldson before nestling inside the far post. No other wonder Manquillo was mobbed by his team mates. Not only was his strike audacious but it doubled Ashington’s lead, proved to be the turning point as the Colliers advanced into the next round of the competition, and knocked the stuffing out of a gallant Easington side. Whilst it was an unforgettable afternoon for Manquillo, it was also a good one for Ben Harmison on his return to the side. The striker, wary of a hamstring injury, had sat out the last two games against Sunderland Ryhope CW and Marske United but his brace, wrapped either side of Manquillo’s special, guaranteed Ashington an away trip in the next round on Saturday week (September 16). There they will face either Padiham or Thackley whose clash on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged surface with the new date set for midweek. At Woodhorn Lane, the first semblance of a chance fell to the visitors in the 11th minute when a free kick on the right by Jayven Redman was headed over by Shane O’Brien. Two minutes later, Ashington not only retaliated – but also took the lead. Wayne Buchanan, Dale Pearson and Luke Salmon combined in a flowing move which led to a corner on the left. From it, Kyle Downey crossed low into the danger zone where Harmison tapped home from close range. Ben Sampson was just off target with a shot from 30 yards then Callum Johnston let fly from just outside the box with his effort whistling narrowly wide. Ten minutes before the break, Easington had a great opportunity to draw level. Reece Kenney played the ball through to David Paul but the centre forward after turning, hesitated on shooting first time and then clipped wide. Before the break, Johnston fired inches over then Harmison connected with a cross from the right by Sampson to volley just wide. In the second period, an instinctive left footer from 30 yards by Pearson flashed wide then a free kick from distance by Kyle Downey was arrowing towards the top corner until Donaldson tipped over in fine style. Seconds later, Manquillo scored his wonder goal before Ben Harmison headed straight into Donaldson’s arms from a Downey restart. However in the 72nd minute, Harmison added his second and Ashington’s third. Luke Salmon passed through to Harmison whose side foot shot was partially saved by Donaldson but the ‘keeper could not prevent the ball from going into the net.

Ashington: Grant, Christensen, Salmon, Downey, Scott, Buchanan, Sampson, Pearson, Johnston (Manquillo 63 minutes), B Harmison (Stephenson 73 minutes), Hornsby (McAndrew 74 minutes). Subs not used: Antony, R Bell.


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