The U13 Reds capped off an unbelievable season when they added the NFA Shiremoor Press U13 County Cup to their haul of trophies, with a 3-0 victory over Heaton Hawks in tonights final held at Whitley Park.
Played in front of a large crowd the Reds had much the better of the play in the first half forcing the Heaton goalkeeper to make a couple smart saves to keep the scores level. Heaton started the second half the brighter team and had the games first real chance when clever play at the edge of the Reds box saw a Heaton midfielder burst through but his shot which seemed destined for the bottom corner was stopped with an outstanding save from Taylor Chapman in the Reds goal. The first goal in this game was always going to be crucial and it was the Reds who got it on 59 mins when Michael Johnstone picked the ball up down the left and drove into the Heaton box before slipping the ball to Nathan Kidd who finished from close range. The Reds then made it 2-0 when the same two players combined on the edge of the box, with some clever footwork from Nathan Kidd which released Micheal Johnstone who slotted the ball home under the advancing Heaton goalkeeper. The Reds finished the game strongly and capped off a great night with a third goal when a perfectly flighted William Dowling free-kick found the head of Michael Johnstone who planted the ball into the top corner of the net.