BLYTH Rangers Valencia Under-16s lifted the NCYP Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Marden Juniors.
They secured the win 7-6 after the tie had finished 1-1 after extra time.
It was Marden who started the game on top with some good pressure but Blyth’s defence coped well.
When Blyth did get forward Robert Goodall caused the Marden defence problems with his pace and was unlucky to flagged offside when clean through twice.
Blyth took hold of the game 20 minutes in when a quick shuffle around in the middle of the pitch saw Jordan Cochrane move out left and Andrew Asman come deeper to get on the ball more.
Instantly Cochrane got free and his cross was headed down by Goodall just inside the box and Josh Carr was on hand to control before firing home low to the keeper’s left to give Blyth the lead.
Connor Vincent and Asman controlled the midfield allowing Blyth to attack more freely and both Goodall and Asman went close to doubling the lead before half-time.
But it was Marden who levelled just before the interval.
Blyth introduced Michael Morris, Kaelin Maddison and Liam Sinkinson at the break and the game it became one way traffic. Attack after attack from Blyth’s forwards and midfielders forced a mistake by the Marden keeper which handed Jack Young the chance to score but he could only fire over after being forced wide.
A Goodall free kick from just outside the D went inches over and a fumble by the keeper in the wet conditions gave Asman an opportunity but he fired over.
Marden carved out a chance in the final minute but keeper Alex Robertson somehow managed to get his hands behind the shot and pull off a remarkable save.
Extra time was dominated by Blyth, but Liam Sinkinson’s effort into the side netting was the closest to snatching a winner before the penalty shoot-out.
After five penalties each the score was 4-4, both teams having put one over the bar.
Sudden death saw Robertson become a hero as he saved low to his right from Marden’s seventh penalty before.
Jack Young then fired home to make it 7-6 and man of the match Robertson then saved again, diving high to his left to hand Blyth ther first cup win.