Lambton Street YC Under-18s completed a memorable double with victory in the Durham County Under-18s League’s John Maley League Cup final.
Already crowned Durham County Youth Cup winners, having beaten league champions Seaham Red Star in April, the Lambton lads edged a 2-1 final victory over Darlington RA at Nissan.
The two teams had met three times previously this season, with Lambton Street winning 3-0 at home in the league and the County Cup, and forcing a 1-1 away draw in the league return.
Despite having much of the early play, Lambton Street fell behind after 10 minutes when a Darlington striker was allowed to turn and shoot from the edge of the area and his scuffed shot evaded the desperate dive of Shay Adamson to nestle in the bottom corner of the net.
With Darlington not having had a game for three weeks prior to the final, they looked fresher than Lambton Street during the first half and, despite keeping the ball well, the Sunderland side struggled to break down the two banks of Darlington players.
A free-kick awarded just outside the area for a foul on Dominic Laws provided Lambton Street with an opportunity to level the scores and they did just that when midfielder Chris Bell produced a sublime effort to get the ball up and over the wall and into the corner of the net, giving the stranded keeper no chance.
Spurred on by the equaliser, Lambton Street stormed ahead two minutes later when centre-half Brennan Ball, drafted into midfield for the game, received the ball 30 yards from goal.
With few options in front of him, he let loose with a speculative effort that flew into the top corner of the net for his first goal of the season, ensuring a 2-1 lead going into half-time.
The second half proved to be a tight, tense affair with neither team creating many chances and, in truth, the hot weather had an affect on both sides.
Harry Wood had Lambton’s best chance of increasing the lead when he cut inside his marker with some great footwork only to see his goalbound shot beat away by the keeper.
Lambton Street survived a scare in the last couple of minutes when a shot from distance took an awkward bounce as it landed in front of keeper Adamson and he had to scramble it around the post for a corner. But the Wearsiders held firm to see out the game, winning 2-1.
Captain Callan Lemon, in his final game for the club, received the trophy from Durham County Youth team manager Jim Thompson.
Boss Chris Lindstedt said: “It was a fitting way to end the Lambton Street careers of Callan and Shay Adamson, who were survivors of last season’s league championship-winning side and, along with centre-forward Brandon Kirkbride, are the only players ineligible to represent the club again next season.
“It also proved to be a fitting final game at the club for James Martin, who has signed a two-year scholarship at Scottish Championship club Queen of the South.”