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Tameside School Sports Football Tournament
Friday 3rd October 2014 @ 10:55 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Eleven local primary schools took to Curzon Ashton last Thursday in a bid to bring home the gold.

And it was with great delight that Pinfold Primary school triumphed for the second consecutive year, ensuring they returned home with the Tameside primary school football shield.

Pinfold Primary School who retained the cup

Pinfold Primary School who retained the cup

The event followed a precursor which took place the previous week, in which 30 teams battled it out, but only 12 had the privilege of making a return.

Those that took part during the afternoon included Russell Scott, Waterloo, Broadbent Fold, Manchester Road and Gee Cross; the latter making it through to the highly anticipated final.

The fixtures all proved to be entertaining encounters with a number of individuals showcasing some exceptional technical ability. One of those with a bright future ahead of her in the sport is eleven year old, Ellie Turner.

The budding footballer currently plays for Manchester City and her marauding runs, coupled with her powerful right foot, more than justified her position with the East Manchester Club.

All schools played some high intensity football, with goals flying in, left, right and centre. But of the twelve squads involved, only four could secure their place in the semi-final.

The first semi-final proved to be nail biting stuff, and with both teams failing to score, the match was taken to a nervy penalty shootout. Both players scored their first sport kicks with real quality, but Dowson failed to convert their second, allowing Pinfold to capitalise.

The penultimate spot kick was slotted wide by the team in yellow, triggering joyous scenes in the Pinfold ranks.

The other semi-final was a milder affair, with the one goal separating the sides. Waterloo started out well and played some decent attacking football, but the quality of Manchester City’s Ellie Turner proved to be just too much; Her side netting the decider midway through the match.

Prior to the eagerly awaited final, Mark Bradshaw spoke to Reporter Sport about the importance of the competition. The Football Development officer for Curzon told us “We’ve held the tournament down here for a number of years now, and it gives girls the opportunity to show their skills and their talents.

“The quality of the girl’s football is really good, but that’s not really the most important thing. The taking part, enthusiasm and smiles on their faces, and just generally knowing they are enjoying football is what matters most.”

Questioned about how important it is for a club like Curzon to promote football from a young age, Mark added “In terms of girls football, we’re a community standard club which means that we cater for all, so we have eight girls teams, going through to a ladies team, so there’s a progression for the girls as there is for the boys.”

The tournament is held annually, but girls who enjoyed the football are welcomed to join a league which is held once a month on a Thursday at the Tameside Stadium. And it seems the girls of Pinfold will be reappearing soon, as their final ended victorious in a nervy penalty shootout. They will now prepare to represent Tameside in the Damone Cup next year.

All teams competing in the event were awarded medals for their efforts, with the winners taking home a glamorous shield. Speaking to reporter Sport following the final, Ellie Turner spoke of her delight on being awarded player of the competition. She stated “I feel really proud because I did a lot for my team and I think we deserved to win.”

Despite a blossoming football career, the youngster admitted she had her eyes set on a different future profession, telling reporter sport “I want to be a sports coach.”