The under16’s were in cup action playing 1st Division opposition for the fourth time this season. Stockton started brightly pressing their opponents and winning plenty of the early battles with Ethan Gage and Luke Hallatt dominating the midfield.Stockton had the first chance of the game when Jack Lacy played in Will Mackie who saw his shot narrowly clear the crossbar.Will Mackie was at the heart of most of Stockton’s attack and it was a cross from him which was headed down by Dylon Marshall to Jack Lacy who shot just wide of the mark. Tibs attack looked dangerous but Liam Small and Jack Daniel were in fine form at the heart of the home defence limiting their opponents to half chances. Stockton had two great chances to break the deadlock when firstly Jack Lacy rifled a ball across the box which evaded everyone and then Luke Hallatt crossed in for Sam Dawson who headed wide of the mark. Stockton took the lead when Sam Dawson broke down the left wing and crossed to the far post where Will Mackie was on hand to fire home. Tibs came straight back at the home side and might have equalised when the winger broke free but fired against the post and Liam Small was on hand to clear the danger. Stockton increased their lead when a Jack Massey long throw found Jack Lacy who played the ball down the right wing to Will Mackie who beat his man a crossed for Dylon Marshall to hammer the ball home. Just before halftime Tibs were awarded a free kick which was floated into the box and headed home. Tibs had the chance to equalise but Jack Daniel made a last ditch tackle to clear the danger.
Halftime: Stockton Town 2-1 Tibs B
Stockton started the second half brightly and Dylon Marshall came close with a volley from the edge of the box. Jack Lacy was unlucky to an over head kick drift just past the post. Tibs were making the home side work hard with Ethan Gage covering huge amounts of ground to break up the away side’s attacks. Tibs had a chnace to get back on level terms when the ball was fired across the face of goal but Jack Massey was on hand to put the ball behind for a corner. The corner was fired in but Charlie Bradley in the Stockton goal commanded his area and grabbed the ball. The best move of the game ame when Sam Dawson and Luke Hallatt combined down the left wing exchanging passes before playing in Jack Lacy who had his shot deflected away for a corner. Tibs started to presssurise the home defence more towards the end of the game playing with three attackers but the home side were up to the job with Jacob Selby cutting out their supply from the right. Stockton created some more chances the best of which came when James Mahoney played a one two with Luke Hallatt before setting up Jacob Selby who hammered his shot just wide of the mark. In the dying minutes of the game Tibs brought their keeper forward to take a free kick but the well marshalled home defence snuffed out the threat. Stockton stood firm and managed to close the game out and booked their place in the semi-final.
Full Time: Stockton Town 2-1 Tibs B
What a great result for the lads who battled well to keep the cup dream alive.
Man of the Match : Will Mackie