Pools Reserves saw their Durham County Challenge Cup campaign ended on Tuesday night as South Shields ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Mariners Park.
In truth the result was rarely in doubt as the home side proved too much for a predominantly young Pools’ line-up and they soon took charge of this quarter-final tie.
Pools began the game on the front foot and Jordan Richards could have opened the scoring early on but he curled his free-kick just wide from the edge of the box.
However, it was the hosts who looked the most dangerous as the first half wore on and fired a couple of warning shots wide of Ryan Catterick’s goal.
On 20 minutes their dominance paid off when Michael Richardson swung a great cross in from the right and Jon Shaw clinically nodded it home from six yards.
It could easily have been 2-0 moments later when a mishit shot fell perfectly for Shaw twelve yards out but this time he shovelled a shot over the bar.
Shaw was a constant thorn in Pools’ side though and only an excellent double save at his feet from Catterick denied the forward when he got through on goal again.
And the young Pools keeper was busy again at the end of the first period when Richardson wriggled through on the right of the box but saw his shot well saved.
The theme didn’t change after the break either as the hosts continued to dictate things and they extended their lead on 48 minutes when an effective counter-attack saw full-back Anthony Callaghan teed up to drive a crisp shot in to the top corner.
It got even worse as the hour mark approached when Shields midfielder Robert Briggs sent a wonderful dipping free-kick beyond Catterick to make it 3-0.
Briggs could even have added a fourth when he got on the end of a flowing move involving former Pools full-back Darren Holden but this time his low shot was brilliant tipped round the post by Catterick.
Pools offered little at the other end, the best of their second half efforts coming from a long-range Jordan Richards drive that flew over the bar.
Full Time: South Shields 3 Pools 0
Pools: Catterick, Richardson, Pollock, Assenso, Martin, Elliott, Hawkes, Deverdics, Richards, Orrell (Blackford 64), Rodney.
Dudzinski, Turnbull, Fielding, Skidmore.Subs not used: