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Gateshead Beaten At Wembley At The Very Last Hurdle

Gateshead lost their Conference play-off final at Wembley this afternoon 2-1, after Cambridge United had gone two goals up through Hughes after 51 minutes and former Newcastle United youngster Ryan Donaldson after 71 minutes, but Gateshead came back with a goal after 80 minutes through Lester, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and Cambridge are promoted to League Two.

gateshead fans at wembley

Gateshead fans before the game today
Gateshead got off to a slow start at Wembley,  but as the first half went on they came more and more into the game, but in the second half Cambridge started to take a grip on the game with goals from Hughes and Donaldson.

Cambridge got their first goal after 51 minutes and Ryan Donaldson was the creator,  as he crossed the ball from the right, and Hughes headed the ball home from close in.

And Donaldson, who played for Gateshead from 2012–2013, scored Cambridge’s second goal with a terrific 23 yard free kick just outside the box.

But Gateshead came back with a goal from Lester after 80 minutes, when he put the ball home, after goalkeeper Smith could only parry a header from Liam Hutch.

But after a full 10 minutes of stoppage time , Cambridge were the winners and are now promoted to League Two.

But in stoppage time Gateshead had a couple of very decent chances to send the game into extra time.

cambridge gateshead

Liam Hughes of Cambridge and Phil Turnbull of Gateshead in action

One was after six minutes of added time when Liam Hatch’s  header from a tight  angle just missed, and then a minute or so later a James Curtis  missed to the left of the goal with a decent header.

Gateshead are to be applauded for one terrific season, and they failed at the very last hurdle.

But maybe next season they can make the jump to League Two.

Hope so.

Gateshead: Bartlett; Baxter, Curtis, Clark, Magnay; Chandler (Lester, 69), Turnbull, Oster; Larkin (Hatch, 58), Marwood, Maddison (O’Donnell, 58).
Subs not used: Walker, Ramshaw.

Cambridge United: Smith, Roberts, Taylor, Coulson, Miller, Donaldson, Champion, Elliott (Cunnington, 77), Hughes, Berry (Chadwick, 65), Sam-Yorke (Dunk, 46).
Subs not used: Bonner, Chambers.

Goals: Hughes 51, Donaldon 72, Lester 80

Bookings: Maddison 7, Champion 21, Oster 23, Clark 69, Cunnington 88
Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)
Attendance: 19,613

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Gateshead were a breath of fresh air compared to watching the crap P45DUE serves up, week in, week out!!!

  • cyprus

    May 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Cabaye getting busy while warming the bench? 😉 Of course he misses Newcastle… Time for a tantrum Cabs,

    On transfer rumours, ONLY players on their way up perform for us, not the other way around. Please correct me if you are aware of exceptions. So, scour the lower leagues or less glamorous leagues abroad.

    Top team rejects are still rejects… And they hate playing for us. The only one from these I’ve heard which I’d take is Townsend: he never really broke through, despite helping England qualify. He will be a star here. AND, he has Cyprus roots! ie. check, check, both boxes ticked 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully with Shola spearheading their attack next year they might make it.

  • jayphoto

    May 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Enjoyed watching Gateshead today! Alot more than watchin the toon of late! Surprised how good the football the played was! Was Gary mills one of cloughies players?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #5

    It was on Total Sport the other night, he is, aye.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Graeme…are you back in the UK?

  • geordie157

    May 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    If we serve up the same rubbish next season, I can see a lot of non season ticket holders watching their football across theTyne

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Now. Harrumph. Back to the important issues. Mike’s moob job. It’s going to be quite expensive. Silicon isn’t cheap you know. So that cuts the transfer budget in half. So we won’t be bringing in any purples. We might get one royal blue and a watery yellow however.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Shame .

  • Graeme

    May 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Jesper, have been back in UK since before Christmas mate lol

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Just a note to cheer you lot up from your Senior Official Club Journo. De Jong has gone into seclusion for some shooting practice with wet paper bags. As soon as he can burst one Ashley is going to get him on a permanent deal.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Graeme… 😀

    …I might be forgetful mate lol

  • Graeme

    May 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #13

    G2 – we could be waiting months mate lol

  • Graeme

    May 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Jesper, I didnt plan being here this long, but at my last medical check up they found an aneurism in the aorta in my abdomen. I had surgery to sort it out late February. Now on the mend lol

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Just getting back to what we can afford in the summer. No purples as I said but we are looking into getting that 1 royal blue and of course the watery yellow.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #16

    What kind of a player is a watery yellow you might ask? Well, think of De Jong but with a weaker shot.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Graeme…I am both sad and happy to hear that – if you get my drift 😀

    …really happy you are on the mend! Are you going back to Africa? Kenya was it? (I am probably being forgetful here again)

    *Isn’t there a riot of something going on in Kenya?

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #18

    A lot of the lovely ladies on here have been asking me about Mike’s availability. Unfortunately lasses he is in a committed relationship with a budgie named Alf. 😯

  • toon kk

    May 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    We’ll be going for a collection t watery yellows mate, mikey will have to be careful we don’t want to spend his cosmetic money.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Get well Graeme. You’ll want to watch our team of watery yellows next season as toon kk says.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Well I’m off mates.

  • WLtoon

    May 18, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Bad luck on Gateshead. it would of been great to see thenm back in the top 4 league, maybe next season they,ll go up.
    At least Donaldson got the chance to play at Wembley,something which would of never happened if he had stayed at Nufc.

  • tomellifred360

    May 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Just got home having watched the Heed. (Am an exile living neat Gatwick. Wanted tto take my eldest to see a local team at Wembley. Did so as there is absolutely no chance of the Toon getting there in my lifetime!


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