Ryhope FA Cup Derby Stalemate

Sunderland RCA 0 – 0 Ryhope CW
Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday 10 August 2019


An emotional afternoon results in a replay needed to separate Ryhope rivals.

Following last years 5-2 victory for RCA The Welfare were looking to do better in a re-enactment of last seasons opener.

Both teams paid tribute to former player Richie Jordan. Both teams mixed together and stood side by side respectfully observing a minutes silence in his memory.

It was not the best start for CW. Thirty seconds from kick-off Elliott Woods pulled up with thigh issues. Unable to continue Ollie Hotchkiss was brought on as an early sub.

The first chance of the game fell to RCA, Stephen Callen was able to break into the box, winning a corner, easily cleared by the CW defence. It was then McNab coming close with a long-range effort sailing wide of James Winters goal.

CW weathered the early storm and forced their way back into the game with chances falling to Hotchkiss and Micky Rae both shooting wide. Rae was proving to be a nightmare for the home defence, He was almost rewarded after half an hour with a low cross into the box that cannoned off an RCA defender, bouncing just past the post.

With 10 minutes left on the clock in the first half RCA had two chances to take the lead. Firstly, Allan Max had a cleared and then O’Neill found himself unmarked in the six-yard box only to head over the bar.

RCA 0 – 0 RCW


It was The Welfare who started the better in the second half. Hotchkiss and Rae combined well to thread a ball to Devlin, only for a defender to intercept at the last moment. Minutes later Devlin is through again from a Rae flick. Devlin is brought down by the last man only for the Referee’s Assistant to raise his flag for offside.

CW kept the pressure on CA with chances falling to Rae and Jon Wiers, both unable to take advantage.

With the visitors unable to capitalise, RCA was able to get back into the game. Chances fell to O’Neill with a header over the bar and a wide shot from Preston.

As the game continued and with CW having made all three substitutions Ollie Hotchkiss was at walking pace suffering from a leg strain. A last-ditch tackle from Danni Lay resulted in

Two clear cut chances fell to RCA in the final 15 minutes. Firstly, Clayton Davis was played in by Nathan O’Neill beating the defence. Could he beat Winter? No. The CW keeper was able to spread himself well and block the path to goal.

Winter was called into action again when a free-kick from the left was delivered into the six-yard box and Winter had to punch clear from under the crossbar. Three minutes to the final whistle and Ryhope are down to 10 men. Stephen Callen was able to spring the offside trap Carl Jones pulled up with a what looked like cramp. Callen was through on for goal and in the second clear chance for RCA, could only shoot wide. Jones was able to get treatment but unable to return.

The home team had the wind in their back and what seemed a two-man advantage pressed for a winner but it was not to be.

Sunderland RCA 0 – 0 Ryhope CW

Replay: Tuesday 14th August. KO 19:30
Ryhope Recreation Park