Colliers lift first cup for Stephen

The season's opener in this years Sportsworld NNL was the newly founded Stephen Carey Memorial Cup, in memory of the 20-year-old Alnmouth player who collapsed and died in action for his club last year. Shilbottle CW beat Red Row 4-0 in the final at St James' Park Alnwick. Photograph Steve Miller
The season's opener in this years Sportsworld NNL was the newly founded Stephen Carey Memorial Cup, in memory of the 20-year-old Alnmouth player who collapsed and died in action for his club last year. Shilbottle CW beat Red Row 4-0 in the final at St James' Park Alnwick. Photograph Steve Miller
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Stephen Carey Memorial

Cup Final

Shilbottle CW 4

Red Row Welfare 0

Shilbottle collected their third trophy in the last three months when they added the Stephen Carey Memorial Cup to the recently-collected Berwick Charities Cup and the NNL Bilclough Cup.

This final was the North Northumberland League’s version of the FA Charity Shield and was the season opener for the competition that begins next week.

The game began with Red Row on the front foot and they almost took the lead after five minutes when an effort from Adam Shanks clipped the top of the bar. Stephen Shendon replied for Shilbottle with an effort that flew just wide of a post before the Colliers took the lead after 25 minutes.

A free-kick by Phil Grey caused confusion in the Red Row box and Ron Murray was on hand to stab home from 10 yards (1-0).

Shilbottle increased their advantage 10 minutes later when a good ball into the box from Richard Brown was swept home by Stephen Shendon to put the Colliers two goals to the good at the interval (2-0).

Shortly after the restart, Liam Brooks looked to have got a third for Shilbottle, but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Red Row then had a spell of 20 minutes or so when they pressed hard for a break-through, but it was to no avail and Shilbottle effectively settled the match 10 minutes from time when they got a third goal.

Good play down the right flank saw Calvin Flanighan cross for Brad McClelland to head home (3-0).

A carbon-copy goal five minutes from time when McClelland headed home another Flanighan cross was to prove the final act in a comprehensive Colliers victory (4-0).

Shilbottle: A Wilson, P White, R Brown, B Balmbra, R Hume, R Murray, M Graham, P Grey, L Brooks, S Shendon, B Wake, C Chisholm, B McClelland, C Flanighan, P Simpson, S McEwan. Man-of-the-match: Brad Wake (Shilbottle).