Whitley Under-9s in extra time shield win over North Shields Hawks

Back row from left to right: Daniel Welton-Wright, Jack Guy, Aidan Dodson, Adam Carr, Jamie Smith. Front row left to right: Joshua Ramsey Bell, Cameron Crawley, Fraser Reed, Wes Dickinson-Sutherland.
Back row from left to right: Daniel Welton-Wright, Jack Guy, Aidan Dodson, Adam Carr, Jamie Smith. Front row left to right: Joshua Ramsey Bell, Cameron Crawley, Fraser Reed, Wes Dickinson-Sutherland.
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Whitley Bay Football Club Sporting Under-9s won the Pin Point Northumberland Mini Soccer League Shield in a dramatic game against North Shields Hawks.

The game was played at the Newcastle United Academy with some 60 spectators watching.

North Shields Hawks Under-9s.

North Shields Hawks Under-9s.

North Shields took the lead inside five minutes and deserved to be in front, dominating the first quarter.

The nerves settled for Whitley Bay in the second quarter and the team started to put the opposition under pressure.

Reward came when Fraser Reed set up Jamie Smith to head the equaliser.

The tide had turned and Whitley Bay pressed the North Shields goal in the third quarter without reward.

The final quarter was even with North Shields coming back strongly, and only a fantastic double save from Aidan Dodson, one low and one tipped over the bar, kept his team in the game.

The game eventually went to extra time, with five minutes either way with the prospect of penalties to follow.

But the deadlock was broken in the first five minutes of extra time by a powerful run from Reed into the box. He hit a left foot shot across the North Shields goal which was deflected into the net for 2-1.

North Shields had no choice to push on in the last few minutes of the game, but the ball broke free to Reed again on the halfway line.

The top goal scorer was not going to miss an opportunity and powered towards the goal with three defenders in pursuit. He waited for the keeper to come off his line and calmly drilled the ball home into the bottom left corner of the goal.

It was unfortunate there had to be a loser, but fair play to North Shields Hawks who played some great football and took defeat in a sporting manner.

The shield was presented by Ian Coates of the Northumberland Mini Soccer League, and it will take pride of place in the new Whitley Bay Football Club Academy building which is almost complete next to the Foxhunters playing fields.