Monkseaton High School team manager Lee Picton was delighted but disappointed after his side pulled off a sixth consecutive County Cup success.
A first half strike from Liam Wotherspoon was enough to win the game against Ashington High School, but Picton was forthright after the game and expressed overall disappointment.
He said his outfit had failed to reach their usual high standards.
“I thought we just did OK throughout,” he said.
“We didn’t get off to a good start because we had boys who turned up late for the game, which is never very good.
“That set the tone in terms of the intensity for our performance, and we were miles away compared to our normal standards.”
He continued: “We said at half-time that we had not even got out of second or third gear and we looked for a reaction during the second half, but still never really got going.
“We had lots of the ball but struggled to kill the game at the top end of the pitch, and to be fair, on another night Ashington could have nicked one at the other end and we could have been facing extra time.
“It’s always nice to win a cup final and maybe I’m being over critical, but I know how well the boys can play and they certainly didn’t reach their usual standards tonight.”