EASINGTON Colliery and Ashbrooke Belford House were involved in a thrill-a-minute Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup Final which had eight goals, three penalties and a sending off.
And at the end of 90 pulsating minutes, it was Easington who emerged victors by a 5-3 margin.
It looked all over for the Wearsiders when the home side roared into a four-goal lead by the 32nd minute.
Nick Doyle converted a sixth-minute spot kick and Michael Pattison and David Paul quickly took the total to three goals.
Doyle then fired wide of the goal with a second penalty but when David Laight was also on target, it appeared that the miss would be immaterial.
But Ashbrooke hit back with two quick goals from Mark Swindle (og) and Stephen Bogie before the interval.
At 4-2, the visitors sensed they were in with a chance and their hopes rose even further when Mark Green cut the deficit to a single goal.
Easington were on the back foot and they suffered another blow on 70 minutes as captain Luke Page was sent off.
With 20 minutes left, Ashbrooke were in with a shout against 10 men but four minutes from time their hopes ended when they conceded a third penalty which was entrusted to Pattison, and he made no mistake to make certain it would be Easington who celebrated.
In contast, the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup Final at Hebburn Town between Jarrow Roofing and Washington was a dull affair.
A poor game was decided by an only goal scored by Roofing’s Anth Myers in the 70th minute when he drove home in a goalmouth scramble.
The Newtowners had been unable to make much headway but following the goal they upped their game without seriously threatening Roofing, who have also won promotion to the Ebac Northern League First Division.