WHITBY Community College produced a fantastic display to win the County U19 Cup by defeating Stokesley 5-1 in the final at Marske Utd FC.
Whitby started at a fast tempo playing some excellent football for the first 15-20 minutes and dominating the game with Matty Towey, Jamie Lorains and Andy Menzies controlling the centre of midfield.
Defences were generally on top, however, with full backs Sam Leadley and Ben Wilson keeping things tight.
As the half progressed, Stokesley came more into the game and scored first with a powerful shot from the edge of the area which Toby Fergus in the Whitby net just failed to get to.
Whitby continued plugging away, however, and got their reward on the stroke of half-time when Theo Smith sent in a free-kick from wide on the right and after a powerful flick on towards the far post by Menzies ,the ball was turned into the Stokesley net by a defender under pressure from striker Rob Seaton.
It was still a close encounter as the second half began but Whitby had the momentum.
Chances came and went for both sides and some great last-ditch defending from centre backs Adam Entwistle and Cameron Leadley kept Whitby in the match.
However, it was the half-time substitute that changed the game with the introduction of 15-year-old Sam Calvert.
The substitution had its desired effect and opened up the game with real attacking flare that Whitby had been searching for.
After much pressure and with Whitby in the ascendancy, Stokesley committed a foul on the edge of their own box and Seaton superbly converted a quickly taken free-kick.
Once Whitby scored their second goal it was constant attacking pressure, with Lorains and Towey dictating, and exquisite wide play from James Lillis who always looked threatening.
Shortly after the second goal it was soon 3-1 with a superb chip from half-time substitute Calvert.
At this stage, Whitby were always looking likely winners.
Stokesley still looked to penetrate when they could but solid defensive work from Whitby allowed the supreme counter-attacking football to continue.
It was soon to be 4-1 when some link-up play in the midfield was followed up by a chipped through ball from Towey that left Seaton in the clear to place the ball over the keeper.
Chris Shrimpton and Jack Garratt were introduced and this continued Whitby’s dominance with both players supporting the attacks and threatening down both flanks.
An outstanding passage of play in midfield created the final goal, when Seaton whipped in a dangerous cross that was converted once again by the youngster Calvert, who hit the ball first time on the volley for his second of the match.
The goal rounded off a fantastic team display of real spirit, discipline and resilience.
It was an emphatic performance from an outstanding group of players to round off a highly successful season for the college’s football teams.