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Schools football: A job Well done as kids claim a double

Lancashire Telegraph: Action from the girls six-a-side shield final at Burnley’s Turf Moor ground Pictures:  KIPAX Action from the girls six-a-side shield final at Burnley’s Turf Moor ground Pictures: KIPAX

TURF Moor staged another end of season celebration as Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Church School, based at Ightenhill, landed a stunning double.

Wellfield boys carried off the historical Under 11 Hartley Cup while the girls also got in on the act, winning the Girls’ Six a Side Shield in front of an enthusiastic Turf Moor crowd.

Proud Wellfield schools sports co-ordinator Simon Grimes said: “It is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of all of them all.

“We only have 213 children here, so to produce two champion teams is a fantastic achievement.

“The girls and boys have all worked incredibly hard during the season and we nearly had an all Wellfield final in the Hartley Cup, our B team losing out to St John’s, Burnley, in the semi-final.”

Wellfield A were triumphant, though, brushing past St John’s 3-0, with Kai Moreland, Lucas Eastham and Charlie Trickett on the mark.

Wellfield girls faced St Leonard’s in the final, having beaten Padiham Primary on penalties in the last four - while St Leonard’s had edged past reigning champions Brunshaw to reach the final.

This final, though, was to prove a far closer affair between two very evenly matched teams.

Kerry Gibbins (two) and Cara McCormick found the target for Wellfield, while Leah Tulloch, Levi Chadwick and Ella Moorhouse netted for the opposition as the tie finished 3-3.

But it was Wellfield who emerged victorious, holding their nerve to win again to win on penalties.

“This was the first season we’ve staged the girls competition alongside the Hartley Cup and Keighley Cup finals, in a bid to raise the profile of girls football,” said school games organiser Helen Tyson.

“It has proved a huge success and the football was fun and very competitive.

“Girls football is thriving in Burnley, with 180 children from nearly 20 schools schools entering the competition.”

The organisers would like to thank Burnley Football Club, the sponsors of the Hartley Cup, Calico Housing ABC Community Fund, and Burnley Schools Football Association and the match officials for all their help and assistance.

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