The SSFC Academy continued their outstanding start to the season by hitting double figures for the second time on Wednesday.
The Mariners made it four consecutive wins in all competitions as they beat Harrogate Town 13-0 at Silksworth.
In those four games, they have scored 34 goals and conceded none, and impressed with their attractive brand of football.
They were on top from the outset against Harrogate, and took the lead within the first three minutes when Michael Colquhoun – who went on to score six times – worked his way inside from the left before finishing well.
There were numerous further chances in the minutes that followed, with Colquhoun heading wide after great work from Will McCamley, while Callum Guy and Dan McGuire also went close.
The second goal arrived on 12 minutes as Kelvin Thear got on the end of a superb through ball before firing home.
McCamley hit the post before Thear scored again soon after, showing good footwork to work his way into some space before smashing into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
McGuire struck the crossbar with a stunning effort from 30 yards, and the Mariners continued to press their opponents back before adding an inevitable fourth goal when Guy’s corner was cleared as far as Ethan Biwer, who picked out the top corner.
Less than a minute later, Colquhoun grabbed his second as he headed in a corner from Guy, and then Thear swept home for his hat-trick after an excellent move from Shields.
The one-way traffic continued in the second half. Colquhoun completed his hat-trick as he flicked home a McGuire pass from close range, while substitute Bradley Allen struck a sweet first-time shot into the net and Colquhoun scored again with another fine finish to make it 9-0.
Thear was next on the scoresheet as he netted his fourth of the game, but it was 21 more minutes before the Mariners grabbed their 11th.
That came as substitute Callum Carney’s effort from the edge of the box took a deflection before nestling in the net.
Joe Hassanin hit the post before Colquhoun made it 12 with a placed effort.
Colquhoun had the final say with the last kick of the game when he got on the end of a ball through the middle and touched it past the goalkeeper.
The young Mariners are next in action on Monday as they take on Spennymoor Town in the FA Youth Cup at Mariners Park. Kick-off is at 7pm and admission prices are £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Bramley, Biwer, Scott, McGuire, Kavanagh, Patterson, McCamley, Elcoate, M Colquhoun, Guy, Thear. Subs (all used): Lister, Ross, Carney, Allen, Hassanin.
Goals: Colquhoun (3, 37, 49, 52, 84, 90), Thear (12, 17, 41, 58), Biwer (36), Allen (51), Carney (79).
South Shields’ Academy side started life in the National League Under-19 Alliance in convincing fashion as they hit Rochdale for nine at Mariners Park on Wednesday.
The newly-formed team – led by Graham Fenton and Lee Picton – were hugely impressive throughout, and played some superb football in their first competitive outing.
Doubles from Joe Hassanin, Dan Lowther, Will McCamley and Bradley Allen, and one from substitute Michael Colquhoun, saw Shields take the three points in front of a decent crowd.
In truth, they could have won by many more, with Rochdale unable to cope with the Mariners going forward.
Lowther – who played several times as a substitute for the Shields first-team during pre-season – was the first to go close as he had an effort deflected over within the first three minutes.
A number of other chances came and went for the home side, but Rochdale did possess a threat on the counter in the early stages, and Shields goalkeeper Dan Lister did well to make saves from Maison Dinsdale and Yousou Ndiaye.
The Mariners then ramped up the pressure, with visiting goalkeeper Lewis Maher making fine stops with his foot to deny McCamley – who had been found by an excellent pass from Callum Guy – and Dan McGuire.
The breakthrough had been coming, and it arrived in the 21st minute as brilliant interplay between Guy and Lowther led to a pass from the latter which beat the Rochdale defence, and Hassanin finished coolly into the top corner.
It was then one-way traffic as Guy, Hassanin and Lowther all went close before the second goal was scored by McCamley, who controlled a delivery by Jordan Pattison before finishing low, via the post.
Within a minute, it was 3-0 as a brilliant effort from Guy came back off the crossbar to Lowther, who found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
The confidence was now flowing through the Shields team as they continued to put Rochdale to the sword.
A third goal in four minutes arrived when more good build-up play involving McCamley, Guy and McGuire led to a thumping shot into the top corner by Lowther, who gave Maher no chance.
The Mariners made it five before half-time when Hassanin linked up well with Guy and then showed good footwork in the penalty area before his shot found a way in.
Just three minutes after being brought on at half-time, Colquhoun added a sixth for Shields as Bailey Judson’s effort was cleared off the line and he smashed home the rebound.
Colquhoun, Callum Carney and Judson all went close to being the next player on the scoresheet before McCamley added his second with a superb individual goal, beating a number of opponents before firing into the bottom corner.
Luke Ridley, McCamley, Allen and Colquhoun were the next to go close, and then Allen added the eighth with 12 minutes left when his corner held in the air and went straight in.
The scoring was completed as Allen netted his second with a terrific strike which went in off the bar.
Substitute Allen could have had a hat-trick in the closing stages, but his attempt from 20 yards went just wide of the post.
It was a stunning start to competitive action for the Mariners, who host Chester-le-Street Town in the FA Youth Cup next Wednesday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Lister (Bramley 46), Ridley, Biwer, Lowther (c) (Carney 46), Pattison, R Colquhoun, McCamley, McGuire (Allen 56), Hassanin (M Colquhoun 46), Guy (Elcoate 56), Judson.
Goals: Hassanin (21, 39), McCamley (34, 64), Lowther (35, 38), M Colquhoun (48), Allen (78, 84).