WATCH: Ayton win Berwick Charities Cup


Ayton Amateurs lifted the 2014 Berwick Charities Cup when they beat Springhill Supremes 6-2 in the final on Saturday.

Ayton, who had never conceded more than one goal in their progress through to the final, started the match as favourites.

But in a first half, which kicked off in a thunderstorm, Springhill did not make it easy for them and after a tense first half the teams were separated by a solitary goal, scored by Ayton’s Des Sutherland.

Sutherland was on target again at the start of a second half, a spectacular overhead kick making it 2-0 before Chris Jenkins pulled one back for Springhill.

But as the game wore on, the more experienced Ayton side started to take control of the midfield and gradually they started to exerty their authority on the match.

Four goals in the space of 15 minutes ended the game as a contest, although the Supremes refused to buckle, and with their goalkeeper making several good saves, a second goal near the end from Jeff Collins made the final scoreline more respectable.

Ayton’s other goalscorers were Robbie Armstrong, John Crawford, Jack Hay and Michael Stewart.

The trophy was presented to winning captain Paul Cowe by Michael Oliver, a Premier League referee who lives in Cramlington, whilst the Man of the Match award went to Ayton’s Hay.

After the game, competition secretary Les Chappell said the event had again been well supported, and boosted by a collection from the final, a total of £4,428 had been raised to date.

“There is still some money to come in,” he said, “so it means we should be able to make donations to quite a few local charities again this year as a result.”