There was a heartbreaking conclusion to the Northumberland FA Minor Cup Final as Hazlerigg Victory fell just short, going down 2-1 after extra-time to Newcastle University.
After a tight first half, with Victory having the best of the chances, Dale Pearson capitalised on an error to open the scoring early in the second half, sparking wild celebrations.
However, the Uni found a leveller with 10 minutes left, with Hazlerigg then being reduced to nine men after a brace of red cards in the closing minutes. Their nine remaining players put up a tremendous fight, but in the dying seconds of extra-time, the University netted the winner.
Meanwhile, in the league, it has been a good week for Newcastle East End, who celebrated back-to-back 3-1 away wins. First they beat Lindisfarne Reserves, despite a Will Thomson goal, then saw off Ponteland United Reserves with a brace from Scott Parker and one from Jake Betts, Craig Shipley netting the reply.
Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves and Stobswood Welfare met twice within the week and it was honours even as they took a win apiece. Goals from Chris Henderson, Michael Lowdon and Ryan Lowes earned Albion their win at the Welfare, despite a Jacob Baker goal.
Stobswood earned their revenge 3-2 at Ryton, with Baker again on target along with Nicky Jewitt and Matthew Reid. Henderson scored again for Ryton, as did Michael Robinson, but their winning streak was halted at six.
It was a mixed week for Gosforth Bohemian Reserves as they lost further ground to Hazlerigg in the title race. Wardley beat them 3-1 at Benson Park on Wednesday, with Robert Chaters, Chris Gray and Dean Kirtley scoring for the victors, Kevin Turnbull replying for Bohs.
However, they returned to winning ways 6-3 against Bedlington Juniors on Saturday. Colin McLaughlin netted four of them on his own, with Pete Hall and John Randall adding the others. Darren Percy bagged a brace for Bedlington and Ethan Page completed the scoring.
Lindisfarne bounced back from their midweek defeat by beating Newcastle Medicals 4-1. Chris Conway, Brett Paolozzi, Will Thomson and Jacques Joe Hall were their marksmen, with Ross Brown the man on target for Medics.
North Shields Athletic Reserves beat West Jesmond 3-1, despite a goal from Kester Young. Shields won it with goals from Maksims Zaborovs, Leeroy Odd and Cameron Lloyd.