Finals day is the perfect end

Wooler Juniors U14 with their coach Eric who were the winners of the Glendale League U14 league
Wooler Juniors U14 with their coach Eric who were the winners of the Glendale League U14 league

Tustain Motors Glendale League round-up

A thrilling 2012/13 Glendale League season came to an end with a pulsating Finals Day on May 18, which was filled with victory, defeat, entertainment and sportsmanship.

In the U10 Premiership final Berwick Juniors made sure of a league and cup double, thanks to a 4-1 penalty win over Alnwick Vipers.

Three fine reflex saves from the Berwick keeper helped them to victory.

Goalkeepers came to the fore in the U10 Championship final, between Rothbury Rangers and Lowick Lions.

Roan Stripp, the Rothbury Rangers goalie, made one stop that is the best save that this reporter has ever seen in a live football match, pushing away a point blank shot past his left hand post in a reflex motion that would have humbled even Gordon Banks.

The Lions keeper was equally impressive and, as the game moved towards its seemingly inevitable penalty denouement, the game was won.

Dominic Peters surged forward from his defensive station and, turning past a Rothbury challenge, cracked a shot at goal. The ball bounced off the slick Glendale grass like a Shane Warne flipper and, despite the despairing dive of the aforementioned Roan, the ball rose into the Rothbury net.

There was no time for Rangers to respond. The Lions had won it.

There were no goals in the U12 Premiership final between Tweedmouth Amateurs and Lowick Leopards.

Once again a team, this time Tweedmouth, had to test their double winning credentials in the crucible of the penalty shoot-out.

Unfortunately for the Amateurs it was the Leopards who triumphed 3-2.

Congratulations to the Leopards who have finished this season at the gallop.

A fantastic run of results culminated in this trophy success, a notable achievement for a team who all still have a further year at this age group.

In the U12 Championship final Lowick Eagles met Eyemouth.

Eyemouth had won the U10 version of this competition the year previously, yet there was not to be a repeat of this success as they were decisively beaten 4-0 by a rampant Lowick side.

The goals came from Ryan Kerr and Dylan Newton.

Kerr and Newton have been invaluable players for the Eagles this year, forming a strike partnership reminiscent of Keegan and Toshack and their final appearance of the season saw them each notch double strikes.

Eyemouth will take consolation in the fact that they are new to this division and next season they will surely fancy their chances for the title.

The U14 Championship Cup final featured Wooler and Seahouses and it was the former who came out on top.

Seahouses struggled to stay with a Wooler team who were saving their best form until the last match of the season.

Goals by Ryan Carr, Josh Hall and Gregor Sharp saw Wooler lift the Championship Cup.

The U14 Premiership final was an all Lowick affair, between Falcons and Rangers.

Rangers claimed the bragging rights, winning 3-0 thanks to a Ryan Rutter double and one from Ben Nicholson.

The day featured third/fourth play offs in all competitions and special mention goes to Rothbury Rovers, Longhorsley U10s, Longhorsley U12s, Wooler U12s, and Rothbury U14s who all finished third in their respective cup competitions.

Under eight competed in a excellent festival of football on the same day.

Well done to everybody who has contributed to this season. Special thanks to Paul Saxon, the league’s fixture secretary, Carol Fawcus, the league’s treasurer and welfare officer, and league chairman Eric Powell.

Also a big thank-you is owed to Bill Blyth for his on-going support and guidance and Adam Riley for his excellent work with the U8s. Also to Bruce Crombie who, even as the heavens were opening on Saturday, was dutifully clearing the site.