WHITLEY Bay FC Barca Under-9s won the battle of the top two by beating Cramlington Town Whites 4-1 to be crowned league champions.
In the final and title deciding game of the season, Barca started strongly and took the lead in the first quarter when Liam Diamond made a strong run down the right and got the ball across to Luke Dreyer who hit a first time shot into the bottom corner.
Cramlington came more into the game in the second quarter but got no change out of Matthew Wills and Archie Coulson at the back.
Barca doubled their lead when Bobby Johnson showed great skill in the box before blasting past the keeper with his weaker foot.
Cramlington finally got on the score sheet in the third quarter when they got behind the defence before sliding the ball past Harrison Smith in goal.
Far from sitting back and preserving their lead, Barca continued to attack in the final quarter and went further ahead when Diamond was felled in the box before picking himself up and coolly despatching the penalty.
There was still time for Jack Tatum to put the icing on the cake when he expertly turned his defender and drilled the ball past the helpless keeper.
Barca have lead the league from the first week and were deservedly crowned champions, every player contributing to the team’s success.