Cullercoats Under-12’s were involved in a high-scoring and entertaining league game at Newcastle City Sparta on Saturday.
They were looking to build on their superb NEYDL Knockout Cup quarter-final success over table-topping Montague Blues the previous weekend, where they won 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw after extra time.
But Newcastle made the breakthrough with two well-taken goals in an even contest.
However, Cullercoats fought back with a superb long range strike into the top corner from Samuel Warren.
The visitors then took control but the home side held a 2-1 lead at the break.
The second half was equally as competitive with both teams playing attractive, attacking football.
Cullercoats levelled the contest with an excellent finish by Kai Hay, who burst through the defence to score.
But Newcastle responded with two quick goals to make it 4-2, as both teams continued to create chances.
Cullercoats pulled another back following a pacey run down the right by Hay, who set up striker Ben Carr to score inside the box to make it 4-3.
Cullercoats pushed for the equaliser but were caught at the back with a through ball to allow Newcastle to seal the win 5-3.
This is the first defeat for Cullercoats in 2015.
Captain Josh Morton was awarded man of the match for his superb display in the centre of defence on a day when both teams put in immaculate performances in a high quality game.