South Shields FC Academy joint-manager Lee Picton says he was proud of his side’s performance in the Durham Challenge Cup final.

The Mariners were forced to field a very young team due to the first team playing their league play-off match the following day.

10 academy products played in the senior side for the final which was hosted at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Reflecting on the game, joint-manager Picton said: ” It depends how you look at football isn’t it!

“If you look at football in terms of possession and how pleasing on the eye you are then we deserved to win that football match by probably five or six goals!”

He added: “But that’s not how games are won and lost, unfortunately in the reality of football.”

The young Mariners performed well in the contest, and were arguably the better team for large proportions of the game.

Speaking about how his young team handled the occasion, Picton said: ” we were incredibly proud with the way the players, on such a big stage, coped and not just coped but thrived in that situation and environment.

“Playing in a bonified senior cup final and I actually thought that we gave Shildon a lesson in football in many respects.

“But they also gave us a lesson in football i.e. they defended their goal to the point where we didn’t score and they created a goal scoring chance at our end which they took so I think lessons were handed out on both sides in that instance.”

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