Ashington High School Sports College’s under 18’s manager Marc Nash said he was proud of his players despite the 1-0 defeat to Monkseaton in the County Cup final on Thursday night.
Following the contest, Nash said: “Obviously I’m disappointed. We fought a good match against their top side and I thought the lads really gave a good account of themselves.
“The game plan was to sit deep and not concede early.
“That worked as it was the 33rd minute when they scored after we had switched off slightly.
“It was a bit of a shame because we made opportunities to nick things, which was the idea, but it just never fell for us really in the few chances we had.”
He continued: “We conceded a lot of possession but that was also in the plan because we have the players to spring them on the break and there were a couple of close calls.
“We hit the side netting; another effort has gone just past the post and Adam (Bains) was taken wide on his weak side with another opening.
“We were unlucky but I was really proud of the way the lads played and the shift they put in.”
Nash is hoping the squad will cherish the occasion despite the result.
““There was definitely a tinge of disappointment in the defeat because it was close,” he said.
“It was an enjoyable experience for the guys, playing on their home town pitch again and in front of a good crowd.
“Initially they will be disappointed but the occasion is something which I hope they will look back on without question.”