Gateshead College won the ECFA Premier League National Play-Off Final over formidable FAB Academy side at St Andrew’s, home of Birmingham City FC on Wednesday (May 10).
The Gateshead College students, who study on the Gateshead Football Club Scholarship Programme, won the game after digging deep to bring it back from 2 nil down, after Lewis Dalton placed a strong strike from the 18 yard box into the bottom left hand corner going in at 2-1 at half time.
Gateshead pinned back Buckinghamshire-based FAB Academy for the majority of the second half, resulting in an equalizer from Cameron Fenton with 15 minutes to play. The final 10 minutes of play was a crucial time and resulted with the Gateshead College team stepping up a gear and scoring a further 2 goals from Cameron Fenton and Callum Johnston in the closing minutes of the game to cease victory and claim the title of ECFA National Champions.
Micky Cummings, first team coach at Gateshead FC is manager of the Gateshead FC Scholarship Programme team at the college. He said: “This was a sensational performance by Gateshead College. I am immensely proud of what the lads have achieved, they represented the club, college and North East fantastically and did everyone proud. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
Coach for the Gateshead side, Ben Clark, added: “We scored at the right times and the lads never let their heads drop, even when they were 2-0 down.
“It is a win and a national victory that is thoroughly deserved. They looked dangerous and played as a team - the better team in my opinion.”
Captain Ryan Lamb expressed how amazing the experience was to play at a Championship Stadium and said: “Winning a national title with this group of lads will be something I hold on to for a very long time.”
The win was another highlight for Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport students with a second national title in the bag for the football academy this season.
The women’s Football Academy won the ESFA National Premier Cup 2-1 down at Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County, against SGS College, Bristol.
Anyone interested in studying sport at Gateshead College should attend an open event – details can be found at www.gateshead.ac.uk/events. If anyone would like to know more about the Gateshead Football Club Scholarship Programme at Gateshead College, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0191 490 2447.