The u13 Yellows pulled out Premiership big boys Cramlington in the last eight of the County Cup but travelled there full of hope and no fear on the back of some solid form.
The only side to beat the boys was another Premiership team in the League Cup earlier in the season and once again despite a gallant display they went out to an unbeaten Cramlington Jrs, despite matching them for most of the game and being unfortunate not to get something more. The game started well for the away side as they were comfortably containing the home side and looked very well organised, which was restricting Cramlington to either long range shots or wasteful passes. The Yellows were now starting to find their rhythm and knocking the ball around very well, causing Cramlington some problems and at times more than holding their own. Thanks to some high pressing the Yellows managed to win a few corners and after some excellent deliveries from Lewis the boys were unable to get that vital touch to test the home keeper. However, after one flowing move Astin seen a pile driver tipped over the bar and both James and Owen created space for themselves inside the box without being able to get a shot off. Cole, standing in for Zack in goal, had very little to do thanks to a solid back four of Kip, Nathan, Harry and Rory in front of him and as half time came it was the home side getting frustrated as they went in 0-0, as they were expecting to be ahead. The pitch was big and some changes were made at half time to freshen things up but it was the home side who came out all guns blazing. The opening goal came when they managed to get to the byline on the Tynemouth left without a challenge being made and the pull back was bundled in. This only seemed to encourage United, as for ten minutes after the goal James began to cause havoc, and after one great bit of play down the right he crossed superbly for Owen to bravely bang a header over the line from close range (pictured). Nothing more than the boys deserved and you felt a big cup shock might be on the cards, but heartbreak came when once again Tynemouth were exposed down the same side as the first goal when a cross was not handled well and the ball dropped to a home forward to tap in. There was still 20 minutes to go but you could feel the boys were a bit deflated after working so hard to get back on level terms, however they kept on battling with Lucas being the driving force in midfield. A special mention for Lucas who battled throughout and won most tussles in the middle of the park and was passing the ball as well as he ever has. The goal that won the game for Cramlington was a long range scorcher which was too good to stop and the cup dream was over. The boys can take so much from this experience and keep the desire they want to get to this level in the future and they know they can compete now with the best teams around. Lucas was awarded man of the match but so many other fine displays with Kip once again showing he has been a great signing too. Nathan and Harry as ever were class at the back with Rory too putting in a good display and Rowen once again working tirelessly. Well done boys you did the club proud!