Michael Colquhoun’s first half header was enough for the South Shields Academy as they got the better of local rivals Gateshead on Wednesday.
The 1-0 win moved the young Mariners to the top of the National League Under-19 Alliance as they continued their 100% start to the league campaign.
The match was held at Walker Activity Dome, and Colquhoun scored the only goal shortly before the half-hour mark to continue his fine start to the season.
Only a number of superb saves by Gateshead goalkeeper Ross Logan kept the score at 1-0, before they started to fight back in the closing stages.
The Heed were unable to find a way past Shields stopper Dan Lister, though, as the Mariners made it four wins from four.
SSFC ACADEMY: Lister, Kavanagh, Biwer, Ross (Carney 46), Patterson, R Colquhoun (Onarbay 36), McCamley, Lowther, M Colquhoun (Hassanin 60), Guy, Judson (Parker 70).
Goal: M Colquhoun (29).