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Newcastle Blue Star 3-0 Seaton Delaval (29/03/2023)

Newcastle Blue Star secured there first silverware of the season as they were comfortable 3-0 winners against Seaton Delaval in Team Valley Carpets Challenge final.

The two teams entered the final at opposite ends of the league with Blue Star currently topping the division - whilst Seaton Delaval find themselves fighting for survival, sitting 14th in the table.

In a game that highlighted the gulf in quality between the two sides, Blue Star would end up cruising to the trophy, with three first half goals enough for the victory. Dan Lanning opened the scoring with a screamer on the five-minute mark, that would be then followed by goals in the 15th and 27th minute by Craig McFarlane and Lanning again.

Blue star started the better of the two sides, keeping the majority of the ball early on. That early pressure soon turned into a goal when on the five-minute mark Dan Lanning let fly from 25 yards out and arrowed the ball into the top right corner.

Following their opener, Blue Star kept up the pressure which soon resulted in them doubling their lead when Craig McFarlane scored from close range in the 15th minute.

Blue star would then show their class yet again in the 27th minute with a beautiful team goal resulting in Dan Lanning grabbing his second of the night.

It took till the 32nd minute for Delaval to have their first significant chance of the night, with number 8’s long range effort skimming over the bar.

Despite Delaval growing into the game as the half went, Blue star would go into the break ahead 3-0.

The second half started in scrappy fashion with neither side really taking a foot hold in the game. It took till the 71st minute for the first significant chance of the second half as Dan Lanning went looking for his hattrick. The inform striker would be denied though as his left footed effort would be smartly saved by the Delaval keeper.

The Delaval shot stopper would yet again be called into action in the 87th minute, preventing Luke Carr’s free kick finding the bottom corner.

Despite trying in the second half, Delaval failed to really lay a glove on Blue Star - meaning ‘The Star’ would be crowned champions in a 3-0 victory.


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