North Shields Athletic Reserves were celebrating silverware as they claimed a 4-0 success in the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield final against Newcastle Chemfica Independent Reserves on a miserable evening at the UTS Stadium in Dunston.
Chemfica seemed to settle best early on, but Athletic grew into the game and drew first blood when Marc Crammond took advantage of a defensive slip in the area to slot past Andy Weatherstone in the Chemfica goal.
Chemfica were given a golden opportunity to restore parity when they referee George Mitford awarded them a penalty in the final minute of the first half. However, Nick Lord missed the target from the spot and Shields maintained their lead into the interval.
Within ten minutes of the restart the game was over as a contest.
First, Shields captain Leeroy Odd ran through and smashed the ball beyond Weatherstone to double the lead. Then minutes later it was 3-0, with Odd heading home a cross at the far post.
As the game moved into its closing stages, Craig Boyle’s run took him around Weatherstone, and he reached the byline to pull the ball back for Nathan Brannen, who slotted the ball home to put the gloss on a superb victory for Kevin Ging’s side, and provided a sweet moment for Ging himself, who had missed out with injury when his former club Lindisfarne Athletic won the trophy in the early 2000s.
League chairman Allan Young was able to present the man of the match award to two-goal hero Leeroy Odd, whilst Dunston UTS chairman Malcolm James was on hand to present the Shield to the victors, North Shields Athletic Reserves.