ST AIDAN’S lifted the Sunderland Schools U12 City Cup at the Academy of Light.
In a very tight encounter, they just had the edge against Southmoor in a tense battle.
The teams are third and first in the league, and there was little to separate them.
But in the end a strike from Dominic Moan proved decisive.
In the league, Southmoor are looking very good for the title and they maintained their good run with three comfortable victories against Seaham 4-0, Hetton 2-0 and Farringdon 5-0.
Castle View, who are in second place, just edged past Farringdon in a 4-3 thriller. Houghton Kepier are hanging onto the leaders and did this with victories against Academy 360 and Venerable Bede.
St Aidan’s missed an opportunity to keep up with the leaders when they were held to a 3-3 draw with Thornhill.
In the U13 league, it looks like going to the wire between St Aidan’s and Thornhill. Aidan’s currently have a two-point lead over Thornhill, who have a game in hand.
Aidan’s have been busy this week and recorded victories against Sandhill View 6-1 and Seaham 5-1. They did drop points, however, against Houghton Kepier 1-1, who also have a realistic chance of taking the title if they win their games in hand.
Other scores saw Venerable Bede beat Castle View 2-1, Southmoor beat Seaham 3-1 and Farringdon and Castle View playing out a 0-0 draw.
In the U14 league, Southmoor remain unbeaten and look like the team in control. They recorded three wins this week against Farringdon 3-2, Houghton Kepier 6-1 and Monkwearmouth 2-1.
Dene, who have struggled in their first year, were beaten by Venerable Bede 4-2 – with a Josh Sanders hat-trick the highlight of the game – and Monkwearmouth 3-2.
In the U16 league, St Aidan’s look set to be champions. They have a five-point lead over second-placed Farringdon. Aidan’s were too strong for Venerable Bede 5-3 and Thornhill 5-2. Hetton lost heavily to Castle View 5-1 but were comfortable 3-1 winners at home to Venerable Bede.
H Tomorrow, Herrington CW hosts the final of the U16s Sunderland Schools City Cup final.
The game will be played between Sandhill View and Monkwearmouth (4.30pm).
On Saturday, Sunderland Schoolboys U15s travel to Coxhoe to play Bishop Aukland boys in the semi-final of the Hospitals Cup (10.30am).
H Castle View triumphed in the Sunderland Schools City U15 cup final.
It was a dominant display from Castle View, who only reached the final after an exciting penalty win against Venerable Bede.
They proved too strong for Sandhill View in the final though, running out 5-1 winners.
They dominated large part of the game and were rewarded with goals from Joe Lee, John Harper, Ellis Towers and a brace from Kieron Mitchell. Keeron Henderson scored Sandhill View’s consolation goal.
H In the U15 league, leaders Venerable Bede suffered their worst week of the season.
They were beaten in the semi-final of the League Cup on penalties by Castle View and also suffered their first defeat in the league, at the hands of Dene.
Bede took an early lead through Jason Burke, who finished well at the near post. They had further chances to add to their lead but failed to before the break.
The second half saw Dene take control and put pressure on Bede’s defence, edging a competitive game with a Kieran Gething double giving the visitors maximum points. Other scores in the league saw Castle View beat Houghton Kepier 4-1 and draw with Seaham 0-0. Southmoor experienced mixed fortunes when they beat Seaham 2-1 and lost to Sandhill View 4-1.
H Sunderland Schools had a representative in the Durham County Cup final in the U15 competition.
Venerable Bede had progressed through the rounds beating some very good teams in the process.
They were drawn against St Joseph’s of Hebburn in the final at The Racecourse Ground in Durham.
Bede started poorly and found it difficult to get into the game. Joseph’s took the lead when a near-post flick was good enough to beat Bede’s keeper from a corner.
This sparked Bede into life and they really should have scored on a number of occasions, but due to some poor finishing and superb goalkeeping, Bede failed to bring the score level.
Bede continued to push in the second half, but the Joseph’s defence stood firm.
As Bede continued to press, Joseph’s began to look dangerous on the counter-attack. They punished Bede and scored their second of the game and won the game 2-0.