Boldon CA boss Paul Mossa paid tribute to Jarrow Roofing manager Richie McLoughlin and hotshot Paul Chow after the striker fired his side into another semi-final.
With Roofing having no game on Saturday, hotshot Chow turned out for Boldon instead in their Shipowners’ Cup quarter-final against Sunderland West End.
Boldon went into the game without long-term injuries to strikers Adam Sharp and James Pickering, but Chow made sure they weren’t missed by firing a brace in a 2-0 win as the visitors upset the form book against West End, who are riding high in the Wearside League.
Boldon started on the front foot, playing sharp, free-flowing football but the pitch soon began to tear up.
After a goalless first half, both teams kept going for the win after the break but it was Chow who opened the scoring on the hour mark.
Good play from Lawton and Kempster saw a cross by full-back Williams. Chow controlled the ball superbly, but struck the ball which the keeper saved, only for the forward to slot home the rebound from an acute angle.
West End pressed franticly for the equaliser with their bench becoming more and more vocal. However, the ever-maturing Boldon youngsters coped brilliantly.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, Boldon substitute Shaun Graham broke with strength and determination from his own half all the way into the West End box. He was tackled just as he was about to shoot and the ball fell to the prolific Chow who side -tepped the West End defender to drill home from 18 yards to seal a second semi-final spot of the season for CA.
Mossa said: “The result doesn’t surprise me – we are getting better and better as the season progresses.
“The three-year plan which I gave the Boldon committee is ahead of schedule. We have won the Sam Bartram trophy, secured our second semi-final spot and are ready for a push up the league.
“I would like to thank Richie McLoughlin for allowing Paul Chow to help us out, and Boldon chairman Kevin Oliver for facilitating the deal.
“My thanks also goes to Paul Chow – I asked if could bring him in, not only because of our striker crisis but believed his presence with his professionalism and scoring exploits would benefit our young team.
“Paul was excellent throughout, both on the field and in the dressing room. There was a real buzz about the place.”