Brown strike seals victory.
Greater Manchester had previously beaten an under-strength Northumberland team by 5-0 in the semi-final enhancing Durham's victory even further.
A goal from Simon Fitzpatrick gave the Durham Schools' side an early lead.
The visitors bounced back with an equalising strike from centre-forward Adam Jones.
Urged on by the home crowd at South Shields' Filtrona Park, the Durham team grabbed a deserved winner when Steven Brown poked confidently home 10 minutes from time.
NNORTHUMBERLAND Under-16s won a thrilling Northern Counties Cup Final with a stunning 3-2 victory over neighbours Durham.
In the final played at East Durham's Peterlee College Campus, the visiting Northumberland team proved too strong for their derby rivals.
James Sinclair scored two of Northumberland's goals which helped his side to a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining.
North coach Malcolm Denham then made a host of substitutions which disrupted team work and Durham earned two late consolation goals.
Denham said: "The lads have been fantastic this season. This cup final win was well deserved."
The victorious team coach has plans for a triangular tournament in the late summer including Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham.
NMONKSEATON High School football academy member Ben Miller, a former student at North Shields' St Thomas More Comprehensive, was a member of the England Schools' Under-18 squad which drew 2-2 against the Rest of the World.
The match formed part of the English Schools Football Association Centenary Celebrations and was played at Villa Park.
A crowd of over 8,000 joined in the festivities which saw Israel's Eden Ben Basat open up the scoring for the `World' team.
Sean Sonner and John Dyer scored for England before a penalty gave Rest of the World a deserved draw.
Miller has had a good season for England with ESFA regional Representative Denis Fulton saying: "He has probably been our best defender."
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||May 20, 2004|
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