HARTLEPOOL Schools Year 10 team ended 28 years of wait to finally win the Ayresome Cup Final.
The annual match between the town’s Year 10 representatives and Redcar and Cleveland has been one sided, results-wise at least, since the game’s inception in 1986.
But the 2014 crop banished lingering curses and beat their opponents 3-2 in an excellent game at Middlesbrough’s Riverside stadium.
Both sides’ goalkeepers pulled out top saves in the first half to ensure that the scores were level at the interval, Josh Noble in the Pool keeping jersey refuting several Redcar and Cleveland efforts.
James Snowden scored a brace for Pool in the second half, warranted after a brilliant performance.
But it looked as if Redcar and Cleveland were to deny chance of glory for Pool when they scored two late goals to equalise in the final six minutes.
Roared on by a tremendous following from the town, Pool went into extra time deflated but not defeated.
And when a Matty Wilson deflected strike found its way into the back of the net, their lead as restored and they held on for victory.
Coach Mark Blackwood told SportMail: “The lads were terrific and the support from the parents was excellent.
“They all played really well and they deserved to win.
“They showed great character as well to go into extra time and score again.”