EAST Northumberland Under-15s went out of the National Schools County Cup at the quarter-final stage on Saturday at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane ground after three first half goals from Liverpool.
And whilst there was disappointment in the home camp, manager Paul Messenger remained upbeat.
“I was very disappointed with the result but nevertheless really proud of how far the lads have come.
“Liverpool are the holders and this was the furthest East Northumberland had gone in a national competition.”
Before kick-off, East Northumberland went into the game firing on four fronts.
They sit proudly on top of the East Northumberland Schools Football League needing to win one of two games to clinch the title, and last weekend saw them lock horns in the first of three quarter-final ties in various competitions.
Mr Messenger also praiseD on hosts Ashington CFC.
He added: “We appreciated the use of the ground and would like to thank Ian Lavery and Steve Land for their help and co-operation.
“The club also served up a tremendous buffet which was also acknowledged by Liverpool and we would love to use the facility again for future games.”
Ashington CFC chairman Mr Lavery said: “It was great to see two young teams in East Northumberland and Liverpool play at Woodhorn Lane – that’s what a community facility is about.”
East Northumberland now prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final of the Durham Cup against Sunderland with Mr Messenger declaring: “We need to put the defeat by Liverpool behind us and start again.”
The clash is at Chantry Middle School in Morpeth with a 10.30am kick-off.
The following week (March 19), the venue and kick-off time will be the same as East Northumberland host Gateshead or Newcastle City in the quarter-final of the Northumberland Cup.
East Northumberland: Cameron Bowman, Daniel Costello, George Hayton, Luke Robinson (Ashington High); Nathan Brown, Jordan Cuthbertson, Kyle Dobson, Ross Fuller, Adam Harvey, Danny Sayer (Bedlington High), Melvyn Cook, Reece Ramsay (Duchess High School, Alnwick), James Loughborough, Keelan Nellis, Liam Taylor (King Edward VI High), Luke Scott (Northumberland Church of England Academy), Louis Lenny (St Benet Biscop High, Bedlington).