Cup holders Cullercoats into Champions League Cup final

Current holders Cullercoats FC beat neighbours Whitley Bay 5-1 in the semi-final of the Northumberland Under-21s Champions League on Sunday.

In a fiercely contested first half it was Cullercoats who made the early running and Jake Greener opened the scoring with a powerful run into the box and a drilled strike after only three minutes.

Cullercoats went on to create several good opportunities, including a spectacular effort from outside the box from defensive midfielder Martin Cobley which struck the bar.

On 29 minutes Hylton Hub broke down the left and delivered a superb cross with the outside of his right foot to set up striker Jake Newstead, who dispatched an excellent volley to make it 2-0.

Alan O’Donnell extended the lead with a solo effort when he broke free down the left and cut into the box before dispatching the goal of the game into the top far corner of the net to make it 3-0 at the break.

Whitley Bay made a good start to the second half and created a couple of half chances with good breaks down the channels, but it was Cullercoats who made the crucial breakthrough with an excellent through ball by Ell Mitchell releasing Hub outside the home box on the right and he broke free before scoring with an excellent right foot strike into the top corner.

Whitley Bay pulled a goal back on the hour with a well taken effort from a left wing cross.

But their task got harder when they lost a player to a second yellow card.

Cullercoats rounded off an excellent performance with a close range headed goal from Jake Greener to make it 5-1 at the final whistle.

Cobley was awarded man of the match for a first class performance in midfield on a day when the whole squad performed against a top quality Whitley Bay team who are competing for the league title.

Cullercoats U21s return to league action on Sunday with a trip to Ellington. Kick-off is 2pm and details of all fixtures are on the league website at