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On this day in our history: 24 March 2015, Celtic Nation 1 Consett 7

In the absence of football for the foreseeable future, we’re going to be looking back at some memorable matches in the history of Consett AFC -and what a cracker we’ve got to get us started, from this day in our history in 2015.

Consett enjoyed their best win so far under new manager Colin Myers, in his seventh game in charge.

After finishing as league runners-up the previous season, the short-lived days of largesse were over at the Gillford Park Stadium. The hosts went into the game second-bottom and fighting relegation, and had recently suffered 6-1 home defeats to Sunderland RCA and Whitley Bay. Little did they know that their latest visitors were to go one better, and put their travelling fans in seventh heaven.

Consett were without the suspended Matty Slocombe and Michael Pearson, and had ex-Tow Law keeper Josie Longstaff making his debut after Chris Elliott went off to play in Sweden.

Josie Longstaff was making his debut in goal for Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

The Steelmen took the lead in the 21st minute, as Luke Sullivan rose highest to head home a Danny Craggs corner, but on the half-hour the scores were level when Celtic Nation broke quickly from a Consett corner. David Renyard cut in from the right and hit a swerving shot which Longstaff could not hold, and Dean Crozier reacted first to stab home the loose ball.

Consett began to get on top as the end of the half approached, and Michael Mackay’s 43rd goal of the season a minute before the break gave the Steelmen a half-time lead.

Michael Mackay made it 2-1 to Consett just before half-time. Pic: Gary Welford.

If Consett had shaded a fairly even first half, there was no indication of what was to follow. Sullivan was moved into midfield while Josh Gray replaced Adam Nicholls at half-time, and their pace, aggression and directness proved to be the catalyst for the demolition job which followed.

Gray’s run and cross set up Craggs to smash the ball into the top corner on 51 minutes to make it 3-1, and that opened the floodgates.

CN forward Harvey Moyes, a youngster on loan from Carlisle, was booked for a cynical lunge on Gray as the Cumbrians began to lose their discipline, and his strike partner Jason Blackburn was lucky not to see red after flattening Mark Eccles with a punch as they contested a header.

Consett continued to play their football, and on 53 minutes it was four when a lightning break ended with Calvin Smith sending a delightful diagonal chip over the keeper and into the top-right corner.

Calvin Smith made it 4-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Longstaff atoned for his error on the CN goal with a couple of decent saves before a Mackay penalty – awarded after the referee judged a defender had handled Gray’s shot – made it 5-1 on 76 minutes.

Chris Moore hit number six after a poor kick-out by the Cumbrians’ keeper three minutes later, pictured top, and the final goal came on 80 minutes, when Mackay, clean through and looking certain to complete his second hat-trick in four days, unselfishly gave sub Aris Guerin-Lokonga a tap-in.

The final score of 7-1 by no means flattered Consett, who would go on to finish the season 9th. It was to be their last visit to Celtic Nation, who finished 21st, and resigned from the league upon completing their fixtures.

Consett’s Jack Walker is outnumbered by Celtic Nation players. Pic: Gary Welford.

CONSETT: 1 Joe Longstaff, 2 David Brown, 3 Mark Eccles, 4 Dan Madden (captain), 5 Jack Walker, 6 Calvin Smith, 7 Chris Moore (sub 15 Dale Stones 83), 8 Danny Craggs (sub 14 Aris Guerin-Lokonga 65), 9 Michael Mackay, 10 Luke Sullivan, 11 Adam Nicholls (sub 12 Josh Gray 46). Subs not used: GK Ben Cole, 16 Kieran Jewitt.

Fantastic FA Youth Cup comeback all in vain as Consett lose penalty shootout at Carlisle City

Consett’s youngsters staged a tremendous comeback as they stepped onto the national stage tonight in the FA Youth Cup.

But the late rally which saw them come from three goals down to draw 3-3 and force extra time ended in disappointment when they lost 3-2 to Carlisle City in a penalty shootout.

Consett AFC Bulls U17s were representing the club in the preliminary round of the national competition, and faced a tough test against the youngsters from the Northern League newcomers.

The teamsheet for the Carlisle City v Consett FA Youth Cup tie.

They found themselves a goal down at Gillford Park – the former home of Celtic Nation – after just five minutes when Charlie Johnston fired home a loose ball.

And five minutes before the break Johnston made it 2-0, leaving the Consett lads with a tough second half.

Keeper Niall Frampton kept them in it with a couple of good saves, but it all appeared to be over bar the shouting when Cameron Smith made it 3-0 on 61 minutes after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.

But the last half an hour saw the Consett lads really roll up their sleeves and battle in the rain which had started lashing down.

The home goalkeeper made a string of good saves, and Consett had a shot cleared off the line as they began to exert heavy pressure on the Carlisle goal.

Substitute Lewis Ord got what appeared to be a consolation goal on 79 minutes, but five minutes later Joshua Bainbridge grabbed a second to make it an interesting closing period.

Incredibly, on 86 minutes Bainbridge scored again with the goal of the game, a superb curling effort which dipped over the keeper to make it 3-3.

Joshua Bainbridge scores his second goal to make it Carlisle City 3 Consett 3 and take the game into extra time. Pic: Gary Welford.

Just when it looked like Consett might snatch a remarkable win, the tide turned against them in the fourth minute of added time, when they had a player shown a straight red card for a challenge in midfield.

It looked harsh, and when the final whistle went a minute later, it meant they faced another 30 minutes in strength-sapping conditions with only 10 men.

Extra time was a cagey affair, with just a couple of chances for each side, and Ord came close to snatching a dramatic winner in the 114th minute, but Carlisle keeper Will Graham punched away his top corner-bound effort.

When extra time failed to separate the sides, it was down to the lottery of penalties, and it was Carlisle who held their nerve, winning 3-2 to progress to the next round, and a home tie against either South Shields or Gateshead.

But even in defeat the young Bulls did Consett proud, and will be a name to look out for in the Durham FA U17s League this season.