South Shields’ youngsters continued their fine form with two impressive victories on Wednesday.
Two SSFC Academy teams were in action, with one registering a 8-1 win over Harrogate Town in the National League Under-19 Alliance, and the other overcoming Queen Ethelburga’s College 4-1 in the ESFA National Elite Under-18 Cup.
The Under-19s held a 7-0 lead at half-time after a tremendous first half display.
They eventually won 8-1 after a calmer second half, with David Allasan netting a hat-trick.
The other goals were scored by Sam Hodgson (2), Max Cowburn, Callum Guy and Arron Thompson.
Joint manager Graham Fenton felt there were many positives to take from the display at the Silksworth Sports Complex.
He said: “It was the proverbial game of two halves.
“We were absolutely magnificent in the first half, when we played some quick-moving, incisive football which was really pleasing on the eye.
“We were very threatening throughout the first 45 minutes and could have hit double figures.
“We took our foot off the gas in the second half and let Harrogate back into the game.
“At half-time, we asked for the players to show a ruthless streak, and they didn’t show that unfortunately.
“It looked like the lads already knew they had won the game.
“We’ll now be looking for the players to replicate that first half performance moving forwards, or get as close to it as possible.
“There were certainly huge positives to take from the first half performances, and we have to aim for those levels as often as possible.”
SSFC Academy team vs Harrogate Town: Armstrong, Morris, Devine, Thompson, Errington, Bexton, Allasan, Elcoate, Hodgson, Guy, Cowburn. Subs: Ames, Judson, Marcelino.
Goals: Allasan (3), Hodgson (2), Cowburn, Guy, Thompson.
Read a full report on the victory over Harrogate from our friends at SportsByte here: https://ssfcacademy.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/allasan-hat-trick-helps-shields-thrash-harrogate/
Meanwhile, the club’s Under-18 starlets emerged from a trip to York to take on Queen Ethelburga’s College with a 4-1 victory.
Will McCamley continued his excellent goalscoring form with a further two goals, with Michael Colquhoun and Dom Minchella completing the scoring.
The result moved the young Mariners into the last 16 of the ESFA National Elite U18 Cup.
SSFC Academy team vs Queen Ethelburga’s College: Bramley, Yembe, Scott, Biwer, Patterson, Lockey, Black, Jenkins, Colquhoun, McCamley, Minchella. Subs: Carney, Green.
Goals: McCamley (2), Colquhoun, Minchella.