Cullercoats FC Under-21s retain cup

Cullercoats FC Under-21s celebrate their cup win.

Cullercoats FC Under-21s celebrate their cup win.

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Holders Cullercoats FC have retained the Northumberland Under-21 Champions League Cup.

They beat neighbours Tynemouth Ubnited FC in the final at Wheatridge Park, Seaton Delaval.

United were appearing in their first of three cup finals after an excellent season.

The game was played at a highly competitive pace from the off with Tynemouth flying out of the blocks to make the early running.

They took the lead on ten minutes with an excellent through ball which was placed into the bottom corner of the net.

Cullercoats fought back and drew level following a superb delivery from the left by Hylton Hub which was headed home by Jake Newstead.

However, Tynemouth continued to threaten on the break and they forced the ball home from a left wing cross to take a well deserved 2-1 half-time lead.

Cullercoats started the second half on the front foot and immediately broke back with an excellent left foot finish by captain Lloyd Leigh following a left wing corner from Hub inside the first two minutes to level the game once more.

Jake Greener put Cullercoats into the lead for the first time on the hour with an excellent finish inside the box as they continued to dominate the early stages of the second half.

Tynemouth were then reduced to nine players following two dismissals and Cullercoats went on to extend their lead with two further goals from Jake Greener to secure an excellent second half hat-trick, before Ryan Nelson made a solo run into the box where he was fouled. He took the spot kick himself, which was dispatched into the bottom corner of the net to make the final score 6-2.

Tynemouth’s Lee Crammond was awarded the man of the match trophy after a first class midfield display.

The coaching staff and players at Cullercoats U21s thanked team sponsors Dunbar Plastering, Malone Engineering and Cullercoats Crescent Club for their support over the season.

The Cullercoats squad will continue training into the close season and new players are welcome.