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2018/19

Premier League Primary Stars National Final

After winning the NUFC 6 a side competition to become their representatives, St. Margaret's School travelled to Molineux, home of Wolverhamtpon Wanderers, to play in the national final against representatives of all other 19 premier league clubs (note Sunderland weren't present!). Living the premier league lifestyle, the team travelled by first team coach and stayed over night in Birmingham before being taken to the ground in the morning.

 

Drawn in a group of 5 teams, they beat Fulham, Everton and Burnley, meaning a draw with Wolves themselves made them group winners. A tense semi final again Crystal Palace saw them go a goal down early in the game but, showing great determination, they fought back to win the game 3 - 1. A final now beckoned against Brighton, with much fanfare, including a walk down the tunnel on the the pitch to be greeted by spectators, cameras and a TV crew from MOTD Kickabout. The game was refereed by premier league referee Kevin Friend and started competetively but, after a stoppage in play for an injury to a Brighton player, St. Margaret's conceded from the resulting free-kick. The few minutes remaining were not long enough to draw level and the team, though a little disappointed, were still delighted to be the runners up in a national final. Climbing the podium to receive a trophy and medals will never be forgotten by all involved and was an amazing end to what has been a fantastic season of success for the school and for Chester le Street Association in general. Highlights can be viewed here https://plprimarystars.com/news-and-events/highlights-football-tournament

                    Girls' County Cup Winners: 2018-19

                                   St Margarets

St Margarets were crowned County Girls' Champions by winning an exciting girls' final held at Lumley School. To do this, they had to overcome Easington Colliery, who, this season, are Danone National Champions. Another of our teams, Ouston, were in 3rd place with Westlea, from Seaham, coming in 4th

St Margarets are Durham county champions in both girls' and boys' competitions in addition to being Chester-le-Street champions in both competitions.

What an achievement!

                          Year 4 Winners 2018-19

Cestria

The final competition of the season is the Year 4 trophy which gives schools a chance to assess the talent among the younger footballers. The quality of football this year was high among the ten teams that took part although there was no doubt that the two leading teams were Cestria and Portobello. Woodlea and Newker played well in the final but, by a narrow margin, Cestria came out winners with Portobello runners up.

Both Portobello and Cestria will meet each other in the Durham County Year 4 final with Easington Colliery and St Michael's Esh making up the group. Two teams from our association reaching a county final is a fine achievement. Best of luck to both teams

                      Girls' League Winners 2018-19

St Margarets

Eight sessions of girls' football, played over the season, resulted in a resounding success for St Margarets. Although second to Ouston earlier in the season, a tremendous succession of wins in the second half of the season, saw off all opposition to continue the fine reputation of girls' football St Margarets has built up in recent years. This is the third season in succession they have won the league

Girls' football is now an important part of our programme of schools' football and a healthy number of 12 teams took part. Woodlea were runners up

                      R O Willis Trophy (Year 4/5)

The Willis Trophy, played at the end of the season, is open to Year 4/5. It gives schools a chance to have a look at players for next season. Five teams reached the final, which was played at C of E School - Belmont, Cestria, C of E, Red Rose, St Margarets

Good football was on display from all five teams but the outstanding team on the night were Red Rose, who won all four matches. In runners up spot were St Margarets, followed by C of E, Belmont & Cestria.

Well done to all the teams!

Small School League Winners

 

Edmondsley Primary School were worthy winners of the Small schools' Trophy. As can be seen from the photograph, they won the play off at a very wet and windy Pelton Community School

Six of our smallest schools, playing against each other in their own league, has been a success. Matches have been closely fought and that hasn't always been the case when large schools have been paired with small schools

Derwent & Medomsley Cup Winners 2018-19

Another outstanding by our district team added yet another trophy to a highly successful season. The final of the D & M Trophy, played at Nissan Sports Centre, between Chester-le-Street and Redcar & Cleveland, produced an excellent match played in a great atmosphere. A fine first half display and an excellent goal from Finn Geragusian saw us reach the interval with a slender lead. However, a strong Redcar team fought back and deservedly equalised. No extra time was played and, having taken eight penalties each, the teams still couldn't be separated. It seemed that the fairest decision was to share the trophy, as neither team deserved to be a loser after such a great match. This was a fitting end to a wonderful season

Daniel O'Hare County Cup Winner: 2018-19

Winning a county trophy once is a great achievement but to do so in consecutive seasons is almost unheard of but St Margarets have done our association proud by doing just that 

From beating Easington Colliery (Peterlee) 4 - 1 in the first game, they went on to draw with Hill View (Sunderland), which gave them a slight edge on goal difference in the final game v Rickleton (Washington), who also had a win and a draw. In a tight first half, St. Margaret's withheld a strong Rickleton team and managed to score a crucial goal to clinch victory

St Margarets will now compete against other county winners in the ESFA North of England Finals in March.

Shirley Smith, from the 'If You Care, Share' charity, presents the plaques to the winning team

Ouston Girls' Team: County Cup Finalists

Ouston girls' football team were the most successful team in the Chester-le-Street schools' league, based on the first three sessions played this season.

They now represent Chester-le-Street Association in the Durham County Schools county final at the Chester-le-Street Riverside on December 7th

Success in this competition will enable them to follow in the footsteps of St Margarets (see above) by playing in the ESFA North of England finals

Best of luck, girls!

District Team: Peter Dunn Champions

Our district team began the season in fine style by coming out on top in the Peter Dunn Trophy at Darlington Education Centre. 

Wins against Sunderland, Washington & Darlington and a draw v Stockton were outstanding performances against strong opposition.

Here's hoping for a similar result in the ESFA North East Premier League Competition on November 17th in Middlesbrough

 

  

C B Watson Cup Winners: Cestria

 Cestria are winners of our most prestigious trophy, the C B Watson Cup - first won in season 1952-53.

Wins against St Margaret's (1-0), Lumley (3-0) and a 0-0 draw with runners up, Red Rose, secured the win

St Margaret's were 3rd and Lumley 4th on the first occasion the competition was played at Chester-le-Street Riverside

 

  

Cestria Cup Winners - Witton Gilbert

Cestria Cup winners this season are Witton Gilbert in the cup for the smaller schools in our league. A 1-0 win against St Benets, who were runners up, was followed by a 2-0 win against Birtley St Josephs. A hard fought draw against the smallest school in the league, West Pelton, completed the scoring. West Pelton were 3rd and Birtley St Josephs 4th

Playing the Cestria and C B Watson Cups early in the season at Chester-le-Street Riverside has been a big success

 

  

District Team - Premier Competition

Semi Finalists

Chester-le-Street Boys reached the semi finals of the ESFA Premier 9 a Side competition at Middlesbrough Herlingshaw Centre. Group wins against Darlington & Middlesbrough and draws against South Northumberland, Washington & North Tyneside secured a place in the semi finals against Sunderland. In a hard fought game, Sunderland scored the only goal which secured a place in the final. It could have gone either way

Well done to the boys for representing Chester-le-Street so well!

 

  

Derwent & Medomsley Cup - 1st Round

East Northumberland 1  Chester-le-Street 2

A hard fought match ended with a win for Chester-le-Street district team against tough opponents, played at Middle School, Morpeth. Goals scored by Felix Scott and Finn Geragusian gave us what looked like a comfortable lead but the home team were always in the game. Chester-le-Street fought hard to maintain the lead and did so until a last minute corner produced a headed goal but, for East North, it was a case of too little too late.

 

A quarter final match against Washington is next up

  

Squad

Toby Bell (Cestria)

Felix Scott (Witton Gilbert)

Arran Birkby, Zac Kershaw (Lumley)

Oliver Betts, Harry Coe (St Cuthberts)

Liam Anderson (St Benets)

Alex Graham, Finn Geragusian, Cole Carter

                                                           (St Margarets)

Quarter Final

Sunderland v North Tyneside

Redcar & Cleveland v Newcastle

Stockton/Durham City v Wallsend

Washington v Chester -le-Street

Tony Carter Memorial 7 a Side

County Runners Up

Impressive performances from all the boys in the district team helped us clinch runners up in the county 7 a side competition. Convincing wins against Sunderland (3-1), Washington (5-0) and Durham City (3-0) helped us achieve runners up but a 3-1 defeat against competition winners, Darlington, in the first game, meant that we weren't quite able to win the tournament.

 

However, yet another excellent performance adds to the success the boys have achieved this season 

  

Tony Carter Memorial 7 a Side

County Runners Up

Impressive performances from all the boys in the district team helped us clinch runners up in the county 7 a side competition. Convincing wins against Sunderland (3-1), Washington (5-0) and Durham City (3-0) helped us achieve runners up but a 3-1 defeat against competition winners, Darlington, in the first game, meant that we weren't quite able to win the tournament.

 

However, yet another excellent performance adds to the success the boys have achieved this season 

  

Tony Carter Memorial 5 a Side

Durham County Champions

Tremendous performances by our 'A' and 'B' teams in the indoor 5 a side resulted in our A team crowned Durham County Champions whilst the B team achieved runners up. Wins against Darlington, Washington & Durham City clinched the title, making Chester-le-Street the most successful team in the history of the competition, which began in season 1990-91.

Well done to the boys once again!

Derwent & Medomsley Cup - Quarter Final

Washington 2  Chester-le-Street 3

A match played on a small pitch in a strong wind relied on a battling performance and we came up with the goods, despite missing three players. However, Cole Robson & Josh Hall can be proud of the way they played, not having met any of the team before. Despite losing by a single goal at half time, the game was turned on its head with three quick goals from Finn Geragusian, Felix Scott & Josh Hall and, although Washington pulled a goal back, we hung on to reach the semi finals where we play our old footballing friends, North Tyneside, who beat Sunderland 3-0 - we look forward to visiting them on March 23rd

Squad

 

Toby Bell (Cestria)

Felix Scott (Witton Gilbert)

Arran Birkby (Lumley)

Oliver Betts, Harry Coe (St Cuthberts)

Liam Anderson (St Benets)

Finn Geragusian  (St Margarets)

Cole Robson, Josh Hall   (Red Rose)

Semi Final

North Tyneside v Chester-le-Street

Stockton or Wallsend v Redcar & Cleveland

Tony Carter Memorial 5 a Side

Durham County Champions

Tremendous performances by our 'A' and 'B' teams in the indoor 5 a side resulted in our A team crowned Durham County Champions whilst the B team achieved runners up. Wins against Darlington, Washington & Durham City clinched the title, making Chester-le-Street the most successful team in the history of the competition, which began in season 1990-91.

Well done to the boys once again!

Chester-le-Street Indoor 5 a Side

Winners: St Margarets

 Ten teams entered the indoor 5 a side with C of E, Lumley, Red Rose & St Margarets qualifying for the final, played at Park View Sports Hall. 

In a hard fought competition, St Margarets, with two wins and a draw, emerged as champions with Red Rose achieving runners up. Good luck to St Margarets, who now represent our association in the Durham County Semi Final

 

Our first 5 a side was introduced in season 1977-78 - what a history!

  

Durham County Indoor 5 a Side

Winners: St Margarets

 Following on from winning Chester-le-Street's 5 a side competition, St Margarets progressed from the county semi final to compete against Whinfield (Darlington), Redby (Sunderland) & Tanfield Lea (Derwentside) in the county final held at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington

There was no question that they were the most impressive team on show and wins against Whinfield & Tanfield Lea and a draw against Redby ensured that they emerged as county winners. What a season!

  

Derwent & Medomsley Cup - Semi Final

North Tyneside 4  Chester-le-Street 5

 

What a game! A match against North Tyneside is usually exciting but this one topped the lot. We raced into a three goal lead with 15 minutes before they scored from a penalty. North Tyneside fought back to equalise. We scored to make it 4-3. They equalised again but we came back again to score the winner. Three goals from Cole Carter and two from Liam Anderson were important but there were tremendous performances throughout the team.

A final now awaits against Redcar & Cleveland

Squad

 

Toby Bell (Cestria)

Felix Scott (Witton Gilbert)

Oliver Betts (St Cuthberts)

Zac Kershaw (Lumley)

Liam Anderson (St Benets)

Finn Geragusian, Alex Graham, Cole Carter, Harry Clish  (St Margarets)

Matthew Crowther (Newker)

Final

Chester-le-Street v Redcar & Cleveland

2018-19 League Winners

Just before the Easter holidays, the final week of league matches was played in the 'A' and 'B' league. Teams play early in the year before a winter break and then recommence once the lighter nights arrive. A system of seeding is used to ensure that the best teams have to play off against each other to ensure that the league winners are truly the best team.

In the 'A' league, St. Margaret's triumphed for the 2nd year in a row against St Cuthberts (R/up), Cestria, Lumley and Belmont.

In the 'B' league, Witton Gilbert were winners, closely followed by Portobello (R/up), St Benet's and Bullion Lane.

Lumley Under 18's

 

Three boys from our county cup winning team in 2012-13 have continued to excel as they have progressed through the age groups. They are members of Lumley Under 18 team which have won the County Cup (defeating Hartlepool 4-0) as well as winning the Premier League, remaining unbeaten all season. It often follows that county winning teams contain footballers who have the ability and application to achieve further success and this is a prime example

Joe Lockey - front row, 3rd from left

Alfie Gordon - back row, 5th left

Sam Hodgson - back row, 2nd left