After a memorable season, South Shields secured their fourth trophy of the season at Wembley. The Mariners who will play in the Evo-Stik Northern League next season romped to the trophy. A 4-0 victory a just reward for an impressive performance against Cleethorpes.
South Shields 4-0 Cleethorpes Town
The rise of South Shields has been a quite remarkable one. The Mariners, who didn’t even have a ground as recently as 2013, dominated at Wembley. Starting as favourites, Shields dominated the early stages but Cleethorpes grew into the game, causing the Mariners problems.
However, the superiority of the North East side shone through on half time. Striker Gavin Cogdan was causing problems for the Owls before a clumsy tackle gave Shields a penalty. Carl Finnigan, a former Newcastle Academy player, calmly stroke home the penalty. A fairytale moment for the fairytale club.
The second half saw Cleethorpes grow more into the game. Causing Shields problems, however, nothing which keeper Connel couldn’t deal with.
Despite their dominance, it took the Mariners until the 80th minute to secure the result due to some spirited Owls defending. The goal came from a free-kick. A marvellous ball whipped in by Robert Briggs squeezed its way in after Morse made the connection.
From that moment on, Cleethorpes buckled as their Wembley dream slipped away. Ex-Hartlepool man David Foley found himself one on one with the keeper. Executing a fine finish which wouldn’t look out of place at next week’s FA Cup Final. The goal sending the 14,000 travelling Shields fans into ecstasy.
However, there was still more to come for Foley. Just before the final whistle, he produced an excellent finish to give Shields their fourth.
An excellent day for Shields who have had an amazing season. With ambitious chairman Geoff Thompson in charge, he plans to give the town a club to be proud of. With promotion secured, Shields will be looking towards next season with a smile on their faces. A justly deserved final win in which they really impressed. Making them the FA Vase winners for 2017, the eighth side out of the last nine to be from the North East. An accomplishment to proud of.
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