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Christians have champs on spot; NORTH EAST CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP LEAGUE.

NORTH Shields Community Christians defeated Premier Division champions Stockton Churches Portrack 4-0 to win the Memorial Cup. Washington's Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex was the venue for the final.

The Teessiders went into the match as firm favourites, having beaten the Christians in two of their three meetings earlier this season and drawing the other.

However, after just eight minutes North Shields were awarded a penalty which Scott Purcell stuck into the bottom right-hand corner.

It remained 1-0 at the break but on 56 minutes North Shields were given another penalty and Purcell again converted.

The Christians had another spot kick on the hour, Purcell completing his hat-trick.

Portrack pushed forward to try to find at least a consultation goal - but North Shields broke and Todd Clarkson wrapped up the victory on 66 minutes.

Both teams meet again tonight at the same venue in the Andy Walker Trophy final (6.30).

|STOCKTON Salvation Army secured the Divison One title with a 10-1 victory against YAV SIFF.

Needing to prevail by five clear goals to be crowned champions, the Teessiders romped home in style.

Chrissy Skipper, who had scored four goals in his side's previous 5-3 win over Jubilee Church, fired Salvation Army ahead on four minutes and six minutes later made it 2-0. Rory Sawyer scored before the half-hour, David Higgins adding a fourth five minutes later.

Lamine Diaby struck for YAV as Stockton led 4-1 at the break.

By the hour James Lile, Callum Cooke and Jamie Gunn had all notched to increase Army's advantage to 7-1. Skipper chipped in with two more counters, Jacob Waters then netting at the death.

That victory snuffed out Morpeth Mighty Oaks' title chances despite their 3-1 success at home to Jubilee Church Teesside.

The breakthough for the Oaks came on 25 minutes as Blaine Evans scored for Morpeth.

Evans than made it 2-0 just before half-time and in the second period Lewis Tanney notched direct from a free-kick.

Hassen Mtamba's 70th-minute strike was a consolation for Jubilee.

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North Shields Community Christians won the NECFL Memorial Cup with a 4-0 success against Stockton Churches Portrack

Sportsworld North Northumberland League side AFC Newbiggin collected their fifth trophy of the season, beating Lowick 3-0 in the Sanderson Cup final at St James Park, Alnwick - they have also claimed the league title, the Stephen Carey Charity Cup, Anderson Cup and Bilclough Cup and are pictured with all of their trophies. Picture: STEVE MILLER

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 7, 2019
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