Categories: General Date: Oct 18, 2018 Title: U18s v Cumbria,13th October 2018U18s well in command
NSFA U18s 7 Cumbria SFA 0
Northumberland U18’s opened their season looking for a win against Cumbria at Newcastle University’s Longbenton Sports Ground. Northumberland opened the game by dominating possession, but in difficult conditions Cumbria still maintained a threat on the counter attack.
Jamie Henderson (Monkseaton) and Paul Van-Zindvliet (TyneMet) combined well in central midfield providing service for the front four who came close to scoring on numerous occasions in the first 20 minutes. The deadlock was broken when Connor Walker (Monkseaton), after some great build up play, got his first of the afternoon. Walker was on fire in the first half playing behind the striker receiving the ball in dangerous positions and causing Cumbria all sorts of problems. He then finished the half in style scoring two more shortly before half time making it Northumberland 3 Cumbria 0 at the halfway stage.
The second half started as the first finished and now with the wind Northumberland looked to set up camp in Cumbria’s half. Robbie Christie (St Mary’s) linked up well with Ben Gaffney (TyneMet) down the left providing service for striker Sam McLellan (TyneMet) who was looking to score after his return from injury.
After 10 minutes a clever corner played out to captain Jamie Henderson allowed him to send a rocket from 25 yards crashing in to the bottom corner. Shortly after this another corner paid off when a Paul Van-Zindvliet cross found George Lindo (Monkseaton) who headed home to make it 5-0. The goal of the game came from Sam Mclellan who hit a thunderous free kick from 25 yards into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
The scoring was wrapped up when substitute Phil Riley (Monkseaton) came on to grab a late goal making the final score Northumberland U18 Boys 7 Cumbria U18 Boys 0.
Manager Carl Chater said after game "We are delighted with our performance today but know we will face much tougher tests and need to maintain this level and attitude."