HORSLEY Hill ended the season on a real high point, lifting the League Challenge Cup with a memorable 1-0 final victory over champions Coundon & Leeholme at Brandon.
The clash of the league’s top two did not disappoint, despite the lack of goals.
Hill’s passing and movement gave Coundon plenty of problems, but they wasted some gilt-edged chances. Coundon threw everything at their young opponents in the second half, but the South Tynesiders, with an average age of 21, held on.
With the clock approaching 90 minutes, the game looked to be going into extra time. However, Horsley striker Levi Collins had other ideas and produced an outstanding piece of magic to win the cup.
Picking the ball up on the edge of Coundon’s 18-yard box, he glided past three players before coolly slotting past keeper Kris Carr, sparking wild celebrations and bringing the Coundon players to their knees.
Both clubs hailed the league and match officials Mark French, Colin Archbold and Paul Burt for their part in making the occasion, while Brandon’s committee were praised for getting the game on, with the pitch having looked unplayable earlier in the day because of the heavy morning rain.
The final league match of the season saw Hartlepool Reserves outgun Ebchester Consett Reserves 5-0 away from home to finish ninth, five points ahead of their hosts.
A spectacular overhead volley opened the scoring, with four second-half strikes sealing their success. Lewis Murphy (2), Paul Donaghy, Andrew Sullivan and sub Aaron Doyle all netted, with Jonny Parkin starring for Ebchester.