A David Foley-inspired South Shields put two past an outplayed Billingham Synthonia, as The Mariners lifted the Durham Challenge Cup at Victoria Park.

Midfielder Andrew Stevenson grabbed the lend five minutes before the break, firing a low shot on the rebound underneath Synners keeper Jack McLaren.

The second was even simpler, as well-travelled striker Foley tapped in from close range two minutes into the second half to kill Billingham off.

Shields set the tone for the game early on, as midfielder Robert Briggs saw a speculative shot drag just wide.

The Mariners continued to control the game throughout the first-half, and it was perhaps surprising they weren’t ahead sooner after decent chances for Gavin Cogdon and Foley.

The stalemate didn’t last much longer though, as the Synthonia defence finally gave. South Shields were allowed time in the box, and after a shot could only be parried by McLaren, Stevenson was quickest to react and powered one underneath the helpless keeper and in.

The goal meant it was Shields who were the happier of the two at half-time, and it showed as they added a second almost immediately after the restart.

A marauding run down the wing from right-back Alex Nicholson resulted in a low cross towards 29-year-old Foley. The ex-Hartlepool frontman found himself in front of an open goal, and tapped in to the delight of the impressive travelling Shields support.

Mariners keeper Liam Connell was given almost nothing to do by The Synners, as Shields continued to control the game against their lower league opponents.

Scenes of jubilation followed the full-time whistle, as The Mariners got their hands on a second piece of silverware for the season. Attention of course now turns to Wembley and the FA Vase Final in a couple of weks, where Shields hope to complete an historic treble.