Hat trick win for New College Durham’s football team

The men’s Football Development Centre at New College Durham has battled their way to victory in the North East College League Cup championships for the third successive year.

New College Durham were crowned Cup Champions after a thrilling 3-2 extra-time win against opponents Newcastle College, at Rutherford FC Gateshead.

Still glowing from the win, Ronnie Thompson, Head Coach for the Men’s Football Development Centre, said:

“As the match slowly moved towards the end of the first half, it was noticeable that both sides were struggling to break down one another. When the referee brought the first-half of the cup final to a halt, the score stood at New College Durham 1-1 Newcastle College”

“After a breath-taking 90 minutes of football, encouragement was needed to motivate the players to give it their all during extra time. We wanted to avoid the dreaded penalty shootout at all costs.

“In the 97th minute, New College Durham made the pitch their own by successfully passing a number of players to get the ball into the box. The final touch resulted in a pivotal goal for the team, putting them in the lead, 3-2. When the full time whistle blew there was a sigh of relief. New College Durham had triumphed in their immense battle. A very big congratulations is due to everyone involved.”

The Men’s Football Development Centre, in partnership with Newcastle United Football Club, has been established at New College Durham for over 10 years and allows students to combine their academic studies with professional training from fully qualified coaches.

Steve Bell, Head of School at New College Durham, said:

“I am so delighted with the team’s success. The students train alongside their studies, and it is great to see their commitment, hard work and sheer determination to succeed, on and off the field, rewarded. They have developed into a fine footballing team and rightfully earned the cup!”

The college also has a Women’s Football Development Centre, which has links with Durham Women FC, and a Rugby Development Centre. 

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