Academy pre­vail at Fi­nals Night again

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THE New­cas­tle Un­der-11 ESFA Danone Na­tions Fi­nals Night pro­duced a a great evening of foot­ball.

Eight teams had qual­i­fied and were split into two groups of four.

Hold­ers Gos­forth Ju­nior Academy were the dom­i­nant force in Group One, win­ning all of their three games with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

Crag­side lost to Gos­forth but over­came both St Al­ban’s and Ken­ton Bar to take run­ners-up spot and qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals.

St Al­ban’s claimed third place af­ter vic­tory over Ken­ton Bar.

Group Two proved to be a lot closer.

St Mark’s took the lead mid­way through the first match against New­cas­tle School for Boys but were pegged late on when NBS broke through to equalise.

New­cas­tle were un­der pres­sure in their next game against English Mar­tyr’s but again broke away at the end to notch the win­ner.

Ravenswood opened their cam­paign with a 3-0 vic­tory over St Mark’s.

Ravenswood then drew 1-1 with English Mar­tyr’s.

This meant all four teams had the chance to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals.

Ravenswood wrapped up top spot with a 1-0 vic­tory over New­cas­tle.

This meant a high-scor­ing vic­tory for ei­ther St Mark’s or English Mar­tyr’s would put them through.

How­ever, this did not ma­te­ri­alise, the teams play­ing out a 0-0 draw and al­low­ing New­cas­tle to make progress.

The sev­enth/eighth place play-off ended in a 1-1 draw be­tween St Mark’s and Ken­ton Bar.

English Mar­tyr’s took fifth place with a 1-0 vic­tory over St Al­ban’s.

The semi-fi­nals proved to be tight af­fairs, late goals de­cid­ing both games.

Gos­forth took on New­cas­tle and dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion with­out cre­at­ing any clear-cut chances as New­cas­tle looked to catch them on the break.

Fi­nally, New­cas­tle‘s re­sis­tance was bro­ken when Gos­forth got be­hind the de­fence to score two late goals and ad­vance to the fi­nal.

The other last-four clash be­tween Ravenswood and Crag­side was even closer.

Just as it looked as though the fix­ture was go­ing to go into ex­tra time, Ravenswood notched the win­ning goal.

Crag­side met New­cas­tle in the third/fourth-place play-off and went down to the only goal.

In the fi­nal, Gos­forth again played good foot­ball in try­ing to wear Ravenswood down.

Ravenswood looked to cap­i­talise on the speed of their for­wards and went close to the open­ing goal on two oc­ca­sions.

Gos­forth’s pres­sure fi­nally told in the fi­nal few min­utes when their cen­tral mid­field player strolled for­ward and drilled the ball in from the edge of the box.

They held on to the end to take the tro­phy for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion.

They will now rep­re­sent New­cas­tle in the County Fi­nals on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15 at New­cas­tle Univer­sity’s Long­ben­ton Site.

■ THE New­cas­tle Un­der-11 Girls West League kicked off with some ter­rific games.

Af­ter three matches, hold­ers Gos­forth Ju­nior and Farne are tied at the top with seven points each.

The only points they have dropped so far were when they drew 0-0 with each other.

Kingston Park and St Mark’s are also un­beaten on five points each with Hil­ton, in fifth place, draw­ing all their three fix­tures.

■ THE Leadgate Eden Col­liery Cup fi­nal, for small schools in Durham, will be staged at Pel­ton Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School on Wed­nes­day, (4.00).

Schools com­pet­ing are Eas­ing­ton CE Pri­mary School (Peter­lee PSFA), Cas­sop Pri­mary School (Durham City PSFA), Browney Pri­mary Academy (Durham City PSFA) and Bloem­fontein Pri­mary School (Der­wentside PSFA).

Semi-fi­nal­ists New­cas­tle School for Boys

Ravenswood fin­ished run­ners-up at Fi­nals Night

Gos­forth Ju­nior Academy cel­e­brate their suc­cess

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