Juniors tournament finals decided by penalty shoot-outs

Ashington Magpies group shot with shield
Ashington Magpies group shot with shield

THE biggest junior football tournament to date in Ashington was held by the town’s junior team in conjunction with the town council recently.

Players from as far afield as Northallerton Juniors made the journey to battle it out with youngsters from around the north east.

Blyth Town group shot with cup

Blyth Town group shot with cup

In total, 16 teams played in group stages, which took the winners through to quarter-finals of the Ashington Cup or Shield competitions.

There were around 160 boys and girls playing football and they brought in crowds of more than 400 spectators to support their teams at the Hirst Welfare in Ashington.

There was some great football played by all the teams with both finals ending with penalty shoot-outs.

Blyth Town played Northallerton A in the final of the cup, which finished 2-2 with Blyth winning on penalties.

And in the final of the shield event, Ashington Magpies played Northallerton B, which finished 0-0 before Ashington took the trophy on penalties.

Ashington Juniors expressed its appreciation to Ashington Town Council which sponsored the tournament and John McCormack, the town mayor, who gave up his time to watch both finals and present the trophies.

They also thanked the staff at Hirst Welfare and MJ Sports for providing the match balls and the trophies.