Under-14s claim cup

South Shields’ Under-14s Raiders are celebrating after winning the Chase Holmes Premier League Cup last night.

They beat South Shields United 4-0 at Filtrona Park, with goals from James Hogg, Ryan Hucks, Harry Pounder and Aidan Hutchinson.

The Raiders retained the trophy they won last year in front of a crowd of 147.

In a keenly-contested game, both sides created early chances.

It was the Raiders who took the lead midway through the first half, though, with Hogg opening the scoring.

Hucks doubled the advantage with a tremendous 25-yard effort that sailed into the top corner, leaving the impressive United goalkeeper with no chance.

The second half began with both teams demonstrating why grassroots football in South Shields at this age group is flourishing.

United, with man of the match Luke Collins feeding their strikers, looked dangerous on the break, but the short passing game of the Raiders played a huge part in a further two goals being scored, by Pounder and captain Hutchinson.