ONCE, twice, three times a champion – Amble United capped off a fantastic season on Saturday as they completed their treble.
The Seasiders added the Subsidiary Cup trophy to their crowded cabinet, which already contained the Northern Alliance Division One title and the Combination Cup, with a 4-2 extra-time win over Newcastle University.
After 90 minutes the scores were tied at one apiece with the Amble goal coming from Sean Taylor.
A dramatic extra 30 minutes saw both teams score in the first period before Amble brought the trophy home, thanks to strikes from Josh Hay and Adam Shanks in the second half.
The Northumberland side could have gone one up in the first minute when a cross from the left by Chris Graham was headed just over the bar by Adam Shanks.
However, it was University who took the lead in the 10th minute when the unfortunate Ricki Hume put the ball into his own net.
Amble continued to press forward and got an equaliser in the 22nd minute when, following a good run up the right, Sean Taylor fired an excellent shot into the top left-hand corner of the net giving Westo Murray no chance.
After the interval, the game carried on in the same vein as the first half.
Both teams created chances but were not able to find a winning goal, taking the game into extra-time.
Amble took the lead in the 93rd minute when a Sean Taylor shot was parried by the keeper but only into the path of Ross Gair, who fired the ball home.
Their lead only lasted two minutes before the students were awarded a penalty which Edward Savitt fired home at the end of the first period of extra-time, leaving the scores level again.
In the final 15 minutes, Amble took the lead in the 100th minute when Josh Hay slotted home.
While Uni never gave up and played some good football, it was Amble who scored again when Adam Shanks lobbed the keeper in the 118th minute to make the final score 4-2 to Amble.
Another all-round excellent team performance for a tremendous treble and a very good season for Derek Atwell in his first term as manager.
Tavern man-of-the-match: Sean Taylor.
Amble from: A Patterson, R Hume, R Baker, R Stewart, D King, B Wake, D Riddell, R Gair, S Taylor, A Shanks, C Graham, A Turvey, J Hay, R Douglas.
Match sponsor: Mossman and Gilliard, Builders.
Amble United would like to thank their many sponsors over the last season.
PIN POINT RECRUITMENT NORTHERN ALLIANCE, DIVISION ONE
Amble Utd...0 Heddon...2
UNFORTUNATELY the winning ways deserted Amble midweek as they failed to go the league season unbeaten.
Before facing Heddon at home on Wednesday, the Seasiders had won 17 and drawn two of their 20 league games, but on a day when they were not at their best they fell to a 2-0 defeat.
The visitors took the lead in the sixth minute when Andrew Jackman made a good run up the left and hit his shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Amble started to play some good football and were creating some good chances but could not find the net.
After the interval Heddon scored again in the 61st minute when Andrew Jackman beat the offside trap and fired home for his second.
Tavern man-of-the-match; Darren Riddell.
Amble from: M Robson, R Douglas, R Baker, R Stewart, D King, R Brown, B Wake, R Gair, J Hay, D Riddell, C Graham, A Turvey, D Atwell, R Hume, S Taylor, L Harker.
Match sponsor: Amble Tavern, Queen Street, Amble.