Carlisle United 1 Northbank 1 (United win 4-3 on penalties): Holders Carlisle United needed penalties to edge past Northbank in the second round of the Cumberland Cup.

Charlie Birch struck the decisive kick as a young Blues side won the shoot-out 4-3 in sudden death.

It followed a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes when Northbank took the lead through Matthew Coombe before Taylor Charters levelled from the spot.

The Cumberland County League side enjoyed the better of the first half and capped a hard-working and well-organised display with a goal.

It came on 30 minutes when Coombe was free to score from close range after a free-kick was headed into his path.

Carlisle's teenagers struggled to create chances in the opening stages with Jamie Armstrong hitting the side-netting and Elliott Day later going close.

Eric Kinder's side then needed two excellent saves from Isaac Robinson to prevent Northbank increasing their lead.

The keeper superbly tipped over a Kieran Blair free-kick early in the second half and then denied the same player from close range.

United sub Lewis Rooks had a header blocked after Lewis Bell was denied by keeper Karl Skelton.

But the Blues got a barely-deserved route back when Marc Gallimore was penalised for handball by ref Scott Taylor, and Charters fired the spot-kick into the top left corner.

The tie went straight to penalties with Charters, Ethan Hetherington, Charlie Barnes and Birch on target for Carlisle but Tom Wilson denied by Skelton.

Northbank scored through Matthew Storey, Joseph Boguszynski and James Best, but Blair and Jack Baker missed and then Robinson denied Brady Wiser to allow Birch to win the tie, which was played at Penrith's Frenchfield Park.

United: Robinson, Barnes, Birch, Lightfoot, Wilson, Day, Armstrong (Rooks 63), Walton (Swailes 46), Soper (Hetherington 46), Charters, Bell. Not used: Simons, Steele.

Northbank: Skelton, Best, Gallimore, Boguszynski, Wiser, Storey, McKenna, Scott (Baker 90), Atkinson (McDonald 80), Coombe, Blair. Not used: Purdie, Doyle, Wood.

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