Shields striker Michael Colquhoun praised his sides “tireless” work over the last two years as they clinched the National U19 Youth Alliance League Cup.

Aaron Thompson opened the scoring for the young Mariners before a quick fire double from Kyeron Daws put Basford ahead.

David Allasan drew Shields level, taking the game to penalties where Shields won 5-3 with Callum Guy scoring the winning penalty.

And Colquhoun believes that the the hard work they squad put in over the last two years under Lee Picton and Graham Fenton was a contributing factor to the result.

“It’s such a brilliant feeling to be the first South Shields academy team to win a trophy” he said.

“As a group, we worked tirelessly over two years and have now got a national league title to show how much we have progressed. The celebrations in the changing room afterwards reflected how buzzing everyone was.”

Colquhoun also praised his sides mentality to come from a goal behind to win the final.

“It was a shock to go behind so soon after half time. They caught us napping for a five minute period.

“However, we have been beaten in ways like that this season and were determined not to let it happen again. Nobody let their heads drop and we kept wanting to get on the ball to make a difference.”

The result was not only testament to the faith the academy players have in each other, but also their ability to stay focused in nerve-racking instances such as the subsequent penalty shoot-out.

“In the build up to other cup competitions we had already come out on top for two penalty shootouts” said the striker.

“A few of the lads had been practicing after training and everyone who stepped up knew they had the confidence to do the business for the team. But as always penalties can go either way, one moment can make the difference so it was hard for us to watch.

“Thankfully Bramleys save and five great pens got us the win.”

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