Up For The Cup Schools battle hard in football festival
Monday 9th October 2017 @ 10:57 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Tameside Schools’ F.A. ran an early season series of festivals for Yrs. 5/6 at Copley Academy and thirty-five schools signed up. Teams could play in at least three of the nine events before being placed in one of three competitions; Cup, Trophy and Plate. Strongest teams were placed in the Cup.

Over three hundred players participated and as each year goes by more girls are now representing their schools in competitive matches.

The Cup and Trophy finals were run on a group basis with the three group winners and the best placed runners-up meeting in the semi-finals.

St James’ Catholic School, Hattersley

In the Cup, Moorside Academy, Droylsden beat Canon Burrows CE, Ashton 1-0 and Greswell, Denton beat Manchester Road Academy, Droylsden by the same score line. In the final, Moorside and Greswell finished 1-1 and the title went to Moorside when they won the penalty shot-out 3-2.

In the Trophy, St. James’ Catholic, Hattersley beat Greenside Primary, Droylsden 3-2 in another penalty shoot-out and in the other semi-final Russell Scott, Denton beat Parochial, Ashton 2-1. Although Russell Scott had plenty of possession, St. James’ resilience and team spirit saw them win 2-0.

The Plate competition which was for developing teams was played on a league basis and was won by St. John Fisher R.C., Haughton Green who were unbeaten. Goal difference meant that Greenside, Droylsden pipped Holden Clough, Ashton to the runners-up spot.

Medals and trophies were presented by Donal Townson, Secretary of TSFA and Child Welfare Officer, Kevin Connaghan, St. Peter’s CE, Ashton.

TSFA thanks Active Tameside, Mick Johnstone and Copley Academy for the use of the 4G pitches.