Academy prevail at Finals Night again
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