Skelmersdale 2 - 2 Gateshead (Skelmersdale win 4-2 on penalties)

Gateshead were knocked out of the League Challenge Cup at the semi-final stage on penalties to Skelmersdale on Saturday after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

In tough conditions the visitors found themselves one goal down at the break against their Unibond Division One North opponents thanks to a goal in the opening moments of the game however a Graeme Armstrong strike shortly before the hour mark levelled for Gateshead.

With neither team finding a winner in normal time, Gateshead took the initiative moments in to the first half of exra time through Jame Harwood who netted his second goal in three games to put the Tynesiders on the brink of victory.

However a James Curtis error in the box saw the defender give away a penalty which was slotted home by a Slemersdale striker who, in clebration, bizarrely decided to punch Curtis and was promptly dismissed.

After 120 minutes of football both sides remained level and the lottery of penalties followed with Skelmersdale edging out Gateshead 4-2 in the shootout despite Musselwhite saving the first penalty as Steve Bowey and Phil Cave were unsuccessful from the spot meaning that Gateshead must settle for one cup final this season, the Durham Cup at the Stadium of Light on May 6th.

Full Time: 2-2 (Skelmersdale win 4-2 on penalties)