Marseille have qualified for the final of the South Shields FC International Tournament after their tie against Celtic was abandoned after 69 minutes on Friday.
The French side led 1-0 when the match officials led the teams off the pitch at Mariners Park for safety reasons, with the ground in the eye of a thunderstorm.
The conditions did not improve sufficiently enough for the game to be restarted, and it was decided that the result would stand at 1-0.
Hosts South Shields meet Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, and the winners will qualify for Sunday’s final.
Marseille’s goal was scored after 35 minutes by striker Zacharie Iscaye.
Tickets for Saturday’s game, as well as Sunday’s finals day, will be available to buy at the turnstiles.
IMAGE: Kev Wilson.
The eagerly-awaited South Shields FC International Tournament gets underway on Friday as Celtic take on Marseille at Mariners Park.
Top football talent from across Europe is set to descend on South Tyneside for the three-day event, with Southampton and South Shields the other two participants.
Tickets for all games across the weekend are still available, although three-day tickets are only available until 12pm on Friday by clicking here.
Hosts South Shields will get their first taste of the tournament when they face Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, before things are brought to a close on Sunday with a third-place play-off at 1pm and final at 5pm. Friday’s Celtic against Marseille fixture kicks off at 7.30pm.
Celtic, Marseille and Southampton are bringing their Under-23s teams to Mariners Park for the competition.
Mariners joint manager Lee Picton says his side are relishing the prospect of coming up against top young talent over the weekend.
He said: “There is real anticipation and excitement at the prospect of three top football clubs coming to Mariners Park.
“We’re going to have to mix and match a little bit across the weekend, because to play two games in two days, we’re going to have to have more than 11 or even 16 players who can do a job for us.
“That will give more opportunities to some of the young players.
“It could be a fantastic experience for the lads we’ve worked with in the academy to rub shoulders and pit their wits against the likes of Southampton, Celtic and Marseille.
“We’re really looking forward to it.”
Tickets for all games will be available to buy at the turnstiles and in advance online.
Friday and Saturday’s matches are priced at £10 for adults, £8 for over-65s and students, and £3 for under-16s, while a ticket to watch both of Sunday’s games costs £15 for adults, £12 for over-65s and students, and £5 for under-16s.
Southampton’s team will be managed by former Tunisian international defender Radhi Jaidi, who also played for the likes of Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City.
Among those in the squad is Jake Hesketh, who made his Premier League debut for the Saints in 2014.
Ex-Celtic, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa forward Shaun Maloney is among Celtic’s coaching staff for the weekend.
Included in the squad is 18-year-old Jack Aitchison, who became Celtic’s youngest-ever player and goalscorer in May 2016 when he netted with his first touch for the senior side against Motherwell, aged 16 years and 71 days.
With just two weeks to go until the start of the South Shields FC International Tournament, fans are urged to buy their tickets now to avoid any disappointment.
The tournament will kick-off with a fixture between Marseille and Celtic’s Under-23s on Friday, July 27, with kick-off at 7.30pm.
The following day, the Mariners will make their bow in the competition as they take on Southampton’s Under-23s at 3pm.
The tournament will draw to a close on Sunday, July 29 with a third-place play-off at 1pm and a final at 5pm.
Since the tickets went on sale at the club, demand has increased for the three-day festival of football at Mariners Park.
Supporters are advised to avoid the queues on each of the three matchdays by purchasing tickets early, and should sales continue to increase, there is the potential for the games to become all-ticket.
Tickets are available to buy from Mariners Park between 1pm and 4pm on weekdays, and online at all times by clicking here.
Those who buy online can take advantage of discounted tickets which give them the chance to book for the entire weekend, with three-day adult tickets available at £30, with concession tickets priced at £24 and child tickets at £9.
Individual match tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for under-16s, while a family ticket for either of the first two days of the tournament costs £22 for two adults and two under-16s.
Those looking to book merely for the final day of the tournament – gaining access to the third-place play-off and the final – can buy tickets at a cost of £15 for adults, £12 for concessions and £5 for under-16s.
So please secure your tickets now to avoid any disappointment!
Registering online for tickets is quite straightforward. However, if you would like some assistance with this process, the club will be holding a series of surgeries to guide you through the steps, so just call us to book your place.
By registering, it will also help the club better understand its fanbase, and give us the ability to use that data to better tailor offers, promotions and other updates to specific individuals, groups and areas.