Wembley woe for O’Donnell as Tynesiders fall to U’s defeat

JJ O'Donnell in action for Gateshead
JJ O'Donnell in action for Gateshead

Hatters winger JJ O’Donnell tasted Wembley despair as Gateshead fell to a 2-1 defeat against Cambridge United in their Skrill Premier play-off final.

O’Donnell was brought on a 56th minute sub just moments after Liam Hughes had put the U’s ahead.

Ryan Donaldson, who left Heed in the summer, then made it 2-0 with a free kick, before Jack Lester pulled one back for the Tynesiders with 10 to go, but it wasn’t enough.

O’Donnell, who still has a year left on his Hatters contract, tweeted: “Devastated is an understatement! No worse feeling in the world than losing at Wembley.

“However, it’s been a pleasure to play with a great set of lads and a great club in @GatesheadFC for the last 4 months, loved every minute!”

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