SSFC Academy update: Win and a draw for young Mariners
Two South Shields Academy teams were in action on Wednesday as the young Mariners continued their bright start to the competitive season.
The club’s Under-19s kicked-off their National League Under-19 Alliance campaign with a 0-0 draw against Eccleshill United at Mariners Park.
At the same time, another Shields Academy team got the better of Tyne Met College in the ECFA Category One Premier League, winning 3-2 at Silksworth Sports Centre.
Lee Picton and Wess Brown managed the Shields side at Mariners Park, and it turned into a frustrating afternoon for the young Mariners.
They enjoyed good possession and created a host of good opportunities, but were unable to convert them.
Michael Colquhoun was the first to go close as he got on the end of a through ball from Callum Guy, but goalkeeper Jordan Moorhouse denied him.
Another fine chance came and went when Will McCamley got in behind on the right of the area and pulled the ball across to Colquhoun, but his flick from close range struck the post.
The Mariners had a number of other decent opportunities, the best of which saw McCamley head an effort against the bar after a cross from Bailey Judson.
Judson was denied by a last-ditch tackle soon after, but the home side had a scare just before half-time when Alex Preston’s shot for Eccleshill just cleared the crossbar.
Eccleshill had their best chance in the 65th minute when striker Zak Sangster was played in on goal, but his low effort came back off the post as Shields breathed a sigh of relief.
Colquhoun was frustrated again soon after when Moorhouse produced a fine save to deny him, while substitute Sam Hodgson went close towards the end after brilliantly beating his defender before firing narrowly wide.
The other Shields side, meanwhile, was led by Graham Fenton and Jamie Williams at Silksworth.
They were left with mixed emotions after a 3-2 victory which saw Tyne Met College threaten a late comeback, but the overriding one was happiness as the Mariners made it two wins from two in the ECFA Category One Premier League.
Shields were excellent in the early stages as they put into practice much of what they had been working on in training.
They pressed well and made themselves difficult to play through when not in possession, and were rewarded with a 3-0 lead.
Will Jenkins opened the scoring before Stephen Black made it 2-0 with a superb goal from midfield.
The third goal was scored in the second half by Brad Allen, but playing against a strong wind in the second half, Shields let their opponents back into it.
Tyne Met netted twice near the end but ultimately, it was the Mariners who claimed the three points.
SSFC Academy team to play Eccleshill United at Mariners Park: Cameron Armstrong, Ethan Biwer, Joe Lockey, Callum Carney, Jordan Patterson, Tom Bexton, Will McCamley, Lewis Orrell, Michael Colquhoun, Callum Guy, Bailey Judson. Subs: Emeraude Yembe, David Allasan, Sam Hodgson.
SSFC Academy team to play Tyne Met College at Silksworth Sports Centre: Jacob Bramley, Will Morris, Josh Croft, Stephen Black, Adam Onarbay, Ben Errington, Dom Minchella, Josh Elcoate, Joe Ames, Will Jenkins, Brad Allen. Subs: Ethan Hodgson, Lewis Black, Luke Ridley, Jake Dunn.
Goals: Will Jenkins, Stephen Black, Brad Allen.