AMBLE Pier 81, currently favourites to win the league, collected the Morpeth Sunday League Lewin Cup after an extra-time win over Pegswood Ex in the final.
The game was goalless at half-time after a tight first half, with chances hard to come by for either side.
It was Pegswood who eventually broke the deadlock early in the second half, with Stuart Marshall finding the net.
The goal signalled the start of concerted pressure from Pier 81 as they immediately searched for an equaliser.
Despite being forced onto the back foot, Pegswood had a glorious chance to double their advantage, but saw Wyn Fremlin’s great effort come back off the post, and Pier 81 made the most of their break by forcing an equaliser almost immediately, with Darren Riddell on target.
Neither side could score again during the remainder of the 90 minutes and the game went into extra-time.
Sean Taylor scored with a fine finish within a couple of minutes of the restart to hand Pier 81 the lead, and Josh Hay rattled in a third before the end of the first 15 minutes. They managed to see out the second half of extra-time to deservedly win the cup.
Sean Taylor was named man-of-the-match, after his goal and having a part in both of his side’s other strikes.
Meanwhile, in Morpeth Sunday League Division Two, River Coquet FC beat Blackthorn Rovers 3-2 with goals from Liam Ramsay (two) and Jordan Roper (report, right).
Ashington RAOB are playing catch-up on fixtures, but are making light work of their backlog of games. In midweek, they travelled to Newbiggin Bankhouse and returned with a 5-1 win, and collected another three points with a 4-2 win over East Chevington. Lenny Lansbury, Jay Gray, Adam Ryder and Craig Robinson netted for the Buffs, with East Chevington relying with an own-goal and a Guy Thompson effort.