Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017. 7PM Kick off.
Venue: Whitey Park, NE12 9FA
Referee: Rob Draper
Assistants: Connor Brown/Ben Claxton
Newcastle City Juniors capped off an unbeaten season with a County Cup final win at Whitley Park on Wednesday evening.
With professional scouts and even former Newcastle United player Steve Harper watching from the sidelines, Newcastle City Juniors produced a dominant display to turnover a Cramlington side over 70 minutes.
The game kicked off at Whitley Park in favour of Cramlington Juniors, the team in red and white having the first chance of the game when a cross from the right hand side was met with hesitation from the City Juniors defence, but was eventually cleared.
After shaking off the nerves early on in the game, City Juniors managed to break the deadlock on 11 minutes after Kieran Moat was found in the centre of the box and kept composure to finish in the bottom corner.
Minutes later Kai Lane picked up the ball in a similar position but opted for a more powerful finish which was hit high in the roof of the Cramlington goal.
City Juniors dominated the possession for the next few minutes, with Cramlington struggling on the back-foot for most of the first-half. This included a triple chance which began with a low save from McCloud, the rebound hit the post, and then McCloud scampered up to deny Kieran Moat from an acute angle.
Cramlington were thrown a lifeline moments before half-time when they gained a penalty on the counter-attack. Nathan Rue stepped up to the plate and confidently sent Tom Shanley the opposite direction to get his team back into the cup final - the goal being the first City Juniors had conceded in the Colts Cup this year.
Hope for a Cramlington equaliser didn’t last long after City Juniors scored within two minutes of the second-half. A low ball into the box by Elliot Day took a harsh deflection and trickled underneath the ‘keeper into the back of the net. Day claimed the goal but it was a cruel one to concede.
City Juniors pushed for more goals after going 3-1 up and hit the post on 52 minutes before rattling the crossbar minutes later after Dylan Stephenson let one fly from the edge of the area.
The game was near enough sealed with 10 minutes to go when substitute Dan Flude got in front of his man and tapped in a well worked City Juniors goal which was architected with a one-two from the left wing.
Alex Nicholson’s goal just before full-time was a mere consolation for Cramlington as the whistle blew after 70 minutes - the full-time score 4-2 in favour of Newcastle City Juniors.
Newcastle City Juniors lifted this year’s Goals Newcastle Colts Cup scoring sixty-seven goals across the competition and only conceding two goals in the process, an incredible record which City Juniors manager Colin Wotherspoon can be proud of.
Newcastle City Juniors Milan XI: Shanley, Kilburn, Day, Riely, Phillips, Palmer, H.Stephenson, Lane, D. Stephenson, Moat, Ryland
Subs: Walker, Harper, Innes, Cooper, Flude, Senegoga, Lowry
Cramlington Juniors XI: McCloud, Pentland, Costello, Bell, Rue, Angus, Young, McGill, Gray, Lonsdale, Armstrong
Subs: Stout, Nicholson, Johnson, Maddison