St Thomas More girls win five-a-side tournament

Tournament runners-up Valley Gardens.

Tournament runners-up Valley Gardens.

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The Year 7 five-a-side competition for North Tyneside Schools’ girls’ teams took place at North Shields Soccerdome last week.

Eleven teams took part in an excellent competition in two groups.

Tournament winners St Thomas More.

Tournament winners St Thomas More.

St Thomas More A team won their group with maximum points and conceding no goals. The crucial game turned out to be their win over Marden Bridge who finished in second place, growing stronger in each game.

In group two, Valley Gardens narrowly beat George Stephenson in the first game and, although they were held to a draw by Wellfield, they won their other games to take the group by one point.

George Stephenson were a close second with Seaton Burn and Wellfield performing well in a competitive group.

St Thomas More took an early lead in the final with Valley Gardens equalising half way through.

Two more goals from St Thomas More gave them a 3-1 win and the team now represent North Tyneside in the Northumberland County finals in January.

Eddie Rowley, president of North Shields Rotary Club, who sponsor the event, was on hand to present medals to both finalists and the trophy to St Thomas More.

Teams: St Thomas More; Amelia Patterson, Lois Greenslade, Stella Pozzi, Anna Littlewood, Jenna Higgs, Uchi Ojiako, Ruth Clark.

Valley Gardens: Quisha Graham, Rosie Hughes, Jasmine Watson, Freya Robinson, Charlotte Devitt, Nina Ward, Hannah Brown, Leah Willan.