Newcastle Eagles win Challenge Cup

Newcastle Eagles won the battle of Tyneside as they won the first ever Newcastle Challenge Cup.

The Eagles accepted an invite from Premiership side Newcastle United for a game of basketball and football at their training ground. And after a comfortable victory in the basketball for the BBL champions, despite good performances from United’s forwards Shola Ameobi and Leon Best, it was time for the football.

Newcastle United, who played without the majority of their contracted professionals won 4-2, but Eagles’ forward Andrew Thomson scored the goal of the game, a belter from the edge of the box.

Eagles won the Challenge Cup due to their superior points difference in the earlier basketball game.

“We were delighted to be invited to Newcastle United’s training ground and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day,” Eagles’ coach Fabulous Flournoy said. “I would like to thank the players and staff at Newcastle United for making us feel so welcome.

“Hopefully we can make this an annual event, especially if we can keep winning.”

For video coverage of the event visit www.sky.com/tyneandwear or visit the Newcastle Eagles Facebook page to see photos of the day www.facebook/NewcastleEaglesBasketball