Donawa catching Cup fever again with Darlington
Justin Donawa scored twice and had an assist to inspire Darlington to an emphatic 6-1 triumph away to Tadcaster Albion in the Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round at Blackwell Meadows on Tuesday night.
The Bermuda forward netted in the 47th and 81st minutes and set up Jarrett Rivers’s 49th-minute tally to earn man-of-the-match honours.
Michael Liddle, Alex Storey and Rivers scored the remaining tallies for the home side while Jack Crook netted a late consolation for Tadcaster.
“We were finally able to put together a performance tonight against a resilient Tadcaster team,” Donawa told The Royal Gazette.
“We’re glad to advance to the next round of FA Cup qualifying. Hopefully we can go beyond the first round proper, where we went out of the competition in a replay against Walsall last year.”
Donawa put Darlington 4-0 up early in the second half after sliding in Sean Reid’s through-pass, which took a deflection past Will Appleyard, the Tadcaster goalkeeper.
He then added a second after providing the pass that led to Rivers’s second goal of the night, when he raced into the area and fired powerfully past Appleyard nine minutes from time.
“As I’ve mentioned before, my aim in every match is to be a threat and make an impact regardless on the minutes I get,” Donawa added. “Tonight I was able to do that with two goals and an assist.”
Darlington’s next opponents in the competition will be determined today when the draw for the fourth qualifying round is made.
“It’s a huge honour to play in one of the oldest football competitions in the world,” Donawa added. “I grew up watching FA Cup games on television, so to have played in the first round proper last year and have the opportunity to do it again this year is just incredible.”
Darlington’s big win over Tadcaster was their highest goals tally in the Cup since a 6-2 victory over Mossley in 2010.
It was not all good news for Bermudians in the Cup, as Dale Eve and Spennymoor Town crashed out in a 3-1 defeat by Chester at the Swansway Chester Stadium.
The visiting side took the lead in the sixth minute when Ryan Hall scored at the back post from a cross.
However, Chester equalised in the 24th minute when Jamie Morgan scored from a rebound after Eve blocked a shot from Brad Jackson.
Eve conceded a penalty in the 56th minute when he collided with Danny Elliott chasing a ball into the box. Elliott stepped up to convert the spot-kick, sending Bermuda’s No 1 the wrong way.
Substitute George Waring wrapped up the win for Chester when he scored with his first touch from a corner in the 80th minute.