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Ponteland United Predators U13s 5 FC Cullercoats U13s 0

AFTER a quick switch of pitches due to the recent rain, Ponteland kicked off up the slope on a larger playing surface than they are used to.

Cullercoats are always a strong side and Sunday was no exception as they pressed forward during the early part of the game, testing Elliott Blain with a couple of long-range efforts.

The Predators opened the scoring on 15 minutes, against the run of play, as Ryan Gerrard’s fierce shot was palmed away by the visiting keeper, only for Josh Beswick to whip in the loose ball for Tom Reeman to turn into the net (1-0).

Five minutes later, Rowan Hodgson passed through to Josh Beswick, who was challenged by the keeper, but the ball fell to Charlie Falcus, whose deflected shot looped over everyone and dropped under the bar to make it 2-0.

Ponteland’s defence was coping very well with anything Cullercoats could throw at it and the visitors were limited to shooting from distance, one of which came off Elliott’s left-hand post.

The slope favoured Ponteland in the second period, but it was Cullercoats who looked more of a threat as they pushed the home team back into their own half and came close with a few good chances

The next goal would be critical to the outcome of the game, but it took until the 50th minute before a great pass from Lewis Dixon found Will Carr, who ran forward and gave the keeper no chance with a well-directed shot (3-0).

The pressure was off and Ryan Gerrard closed down the keeper soon after and tucked the ball in at the near-post from what looked like an impossible angle (4-0).

Will added his second near the end when he received the ball from Ryan, dribbled between two defenders and poked the ball beneath the advancing goalie (5-0).

Clinical finishing earned the Predators the goals today, but it was an excellent team performance which gained the win.

The defence of Matt Hogan, Josh Silipo, Aaron Carden and Jake Dodgson deserve credit for their outstanding contribution.

Man-of-the-match: Matt Hogan. A great, all-round performance in only his second game for the team.