Whitley Bay U21s beat local rivals Cullercoats in Shield win

Whitley Bay U21s after their Shield final win over Cullercoats.

Whitley Bay U21s after their Shield final win over Cullercoats.

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After just missing out on the league, Whitley Bay Under-21s turned their attention to the first of two cup finals.

First up were local rivals Cullercoats.

In a fierce and competitive first half it was Whitley who came out the strongest with chances to take the lead right from the start, but it was not until 15th minute when man of the match Ian Mousey opened the scoring with a fiercely stuck shot which took a slight deflection off the Cullercoats centre half and into the bottom corner of the net.

Whitley piled on the pressure to which Cullercoats did not have any answers.

The pressure paid off in the 20th minute when Dougie McCallum raced through the Cullercoats defence to hit the roof of the net with an excellent strike to increase Whitley’s lead to 2-0.

As Cullercoats pushed forward to get back in the game, Whitley took further advantage by increasing their lead to 3-0.

A brilliant run by skipper Scott Prosser ended up with a strike form 25 yards which the keeper could only parry into the path of Niall McIllmurry who slotted home Whitley’s third just before half-time.

The start of the second half brought chances at both ends but a fantastic display from Whitley saw them through to the final whistle to win the Shield at the first time of asking.