The final saw Bamburgh Castle FC take on Amble St Cuthbert FC at Stobswood Welfare in a match that few could really call with any confidence before kick-off.
By half time “The Cuddies” were up by three goals to nil after an early strike put the Amble side ahead followed by two further goals just after the half hour mark. In reality it could have been five or six as the Bamburgh team struggled to cope with the ball over the top and continued to play a high defensive line which allowed Amble St Cuthbert to continually deploy the tactic time and time again exposing the Bamburgh defense to the pace of the Amble attack.
A serious half time talk saw the Bamburgh side, clad in their familar black and gold, come out strongly and there effort was rewarded quickly with goals to reduce the deficit. The game became more end to end as Bamburgh tried to claw their way back into the game whilst Amble utilised their pace and determination to remain a constant threat.
Amble notched the next goal to take the game to 4-2 but Bamburgh responded in a determined fashion and looked as if they had turned the momentum their way. With fifteen minutes to go the neutrals may have been hoping for a quick third for the Bamburgh side as that would have surely set up a fantastic final few minutes for the match but it was the Amble side who struck next to make it five and as Bamburgh threw everything forward Amble struck again on the counter to make it 6-2 at the final whistle and on the balance of play deserving winners of The Stephen Carey Memorial Cup.
The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund would like to thank all those involved behind the scenes at Stobswood Welfare for hosting the final, the representatives of the North Northumberland Football League and match sponsors SPORTSassist. We would obviously like to thank the three match officials Richard Robson (referee), Derek Thompson and Glen Chambers (assistant referees) for volunteering their time to officiate the fixture and without doubt both teams for providing a goal filled final providing great entertainment for the fantastic crowd who turned up to watch the fixture.
The fixture has raised £337.80 on the night which will be split equally between The Stephen Carey Fund and the North Northumberland Football League Benevolent Fund, the latter set up to look after injured players from the North Northumbeland Football League.