Player ratings: Who was man of match in South Shields’ win against Coleshill?

Shields celebrate their first goal. Pic: Peter Talbot

Shields celebrate their first goal. Pic: Peter Talbot

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South Shields were not at their best in their FA Vase semi-final first leg against Coleshill Town, but still managed to gain a 2-1 win.

Here’s our player ratings:

LIAM CONNELL: Superb performance, especially in the first half with some excellent saves. Punched well too and kept Shields in game 9

CRAIG BAXTER: Great outlet down the right – had a hand in the winner and defended well 7

DARREN LOUGH: Roving role in second half as his overlapping runs caused Coleshill problems. Should have scored the winner 8

DILLON MORSE: Found Jordan Nadat a tough oppenent but stuck at his task 6

JON SHAW: Great leadership, especially in the second half 8

JULIO ARCA: See above. His ability on the ball shouldn’t hide his workrate and tenacity and he held the midfield together late on 8

ROBERT BRIGGS: Didn’t have the impact on the game he would have liked but produced a lovely pass for Finnigan’s chance 6

WAYNE PHILLIPS: Another not at his best by his usual high standards, withdrawn in second half as he was on a booking 6

MICHAEL RICHARDSON: Made some good runs into the box; couldn’t direct a second-half header on target 6

ANDREW STEPHENSON: Employed in a more advanced role in first half but dropped deeper after the break; right place at right time for winner 7

DAVID FOLEY: Constant threat and got the vital equaliser 7

Subs:

CARL FINNIGAN (for Phillips, 61): Gave attack a focal point, unlucky not to score 6

ALEX NICHOLSON (for Richardson, 85): No time to make impact N/A

BARRIE SMITH: (for Stephenson, 90): Injury-time replacement N/A

Not used:

Not used: Gavin Cogdon; Louis Storey