Finals day brought youth football’s Glendale League to a conclusion on Saturday was filled with a mixture of excitement and sportsmanship.
Lowick teams enjoyed a day to remember by winning four of the six trophies up for grabs, while Berwick Juniors and Wooler also picked up silverware at an event which saw Glendale Middle School hosting Premiership and Championship finals in the U-10, U-12 and U-14 age groups.
Glendale Middle School has hosted the league throughout the season, with more than 400 players, parents and coaches using the facility each Saturday.
The organising committee said: “A huge thank you for hosting for the whole season.
“This shows the school is a vital institution in its community.
“Special thanks to Paul Saxon, fixture secretary; Carol Fawcus, treasurer and welfare officer; Eric Powell, league chairman; Bill Blyth, Adam Riley and Bruce Crombie.”
In the U-10 Premiership final, Berwick Juniors overcame Alnwick Vipers 4-1 in a shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.
Berwick had sailed through their league and cup programme and stood on the brink of a double.
However, Alnwick took an early lead as they pounced on a low cross to drive the ball home. A Berwick equaliser took the game to penalties.
In the U-10 Championship final, Lowick Lions defeated Rothbury Rangers 1-0.
With few chances, the game hinged on brilliant performances by the goalkeepers.
With time running out, Dominic Peters surged forward from defence and, turning past a Rothbury challenge, shot at goal.
The ball bounced and, despite the despairing dive of the Rothbury keeper, rose into the net. There was no time for Rangers to respond.
There were no goals in the U-12 Premiership final between Tweedmouth Amateurs and Lowick Leopards, and the Leopards triumphed 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out.
It was a notable achievement for the Leopards, who all still have another year in this age group.
Lowick Eagles won 4-0 in the U-12 Championship final against Eyemouth, who won the U-10 version of this competition last year.
The goals came from Ryan Kerr and Dylan Newton, who have formed a great strike partnership for the Eagles this year. However Eyemouth are new to this division and will surely fancy their chances next season.
Wooler defeated Seahouses in the U-14 Championship final. 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 cup.
The U-14 Premiership final was an all-Lowick affair as the Falcons took on the Rangers, who won 3-0. Ryan Rutter scored twice and Ben Nicholson added a third.
The day featured third/fourth play-offs, and special mention goes to Rothbury Rovers, Long Horsley U-10s, Long Horsley U-12s, Wooler U-12s and Rothbury U-14s, who all finished third in their respective cup competitions.
Equally, well done to all the U-8 teams who competed in a excellent festival of football on the same day.