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Home rules leads to Feniscowles win
Home advantage paid off at the Blackburn with Darwen Primary School Year 3/4 football tournament held at Feniscowles Recreation site as Feniscowles narrowly beat St Francis 2-1 in an exciting final to take the trophy for the second time in four years.
Goals from Ben Haworth and Daniel Wyatt in the final saw off the brave challenge from St Francis, who had beaten Feniscowles earlier in the day during the qualifying stages.
The tournament was run by recently awarded Charter Standard club Feniscowles and Pleasington, and saw eight schools taking part including Roe Lee Park, Lower Darwen, Redeemer, St Silas, Longshaw, St Michael and St John’s, Feniscowles and St Francis.
Split into two groups of four, Redeemer were strongest in their group winning all three games, and were joined in the semi-finals by Longshaw, who were led by the strong Brandon Walsh.
Feniscowles narrowly beat Lower Darwen in their final qualifying game to progress as runners-up from their group, with the resilient St Francis, led by the impressive Sonny Rogerson, winning the group with seven points.
Feniscowles though were now starting to show some real form and a strong performance in the semi-final saw them narrowly beat Redeemer by a single goal from Year 3 player Corey Dockerill.
In the other semi St Francis were two goals up early on against Longshaw, but the underdogs fought back bravely and were incredibly unlucky to lose in the end 2-1.
The Plate final was won by Lower Darwen who beat Roe Lee by two goals to one .
“It was a fantastic afternoon, everybody who came really enjoyed themselves and every game was played in the best spirit possible and the boys did their schools proud,” said Mike Caton.
“Many thanks to school games organiser Andrew Mercer and the referees and officials from St Bedes RC High School who helped on the day and hopefully we can see even more schools come back next year and take advantage of our facilities here at Feniscowles.”