Cuffley triumph in 24th annual Mount Grace School Primary Schools tournament
PUBLISHED: 16:12 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:19 09 October 2013
Cuffley ran out as winners of the 24th annual Mount Grace School Primary schools 7-a-side football tournament on Saturday after a penalty shoot-out in the final.
A good turnout saw 15 teams from 12 primary schools take part in a fantastic morning of football with all 150 children proud to represent their schools.
The Rotary Club of Brookmans Park were once again proud sponsors of the tournament.
Oakmere School’s Dean Barker organised the event, Jane McMahon from Mount Grace School never stopped working throughout the morning and Colin Bullamore was in charge of all the results.
Sixth form students from Mount Grace School refereed the games and helpers were on hand from Mount Grace PTFA and The Rotary Club of Brookmans Park.
The level of the football on the day was of a high standard with plenty of district players on show.
Oakmere, Cuffley, Little Heath and Brookmans Park qualified from the group stage to reach the semi-finals.
The first semi-final of the day saw Oakmere beat Brookmans Park 1-0 thanks to a George Monery goal.
The second semi-final was won 2-0 by Cuffley after extra-time.
For a record fifth consecutive year Oakmere and Cuffley met in the final. In a tense final, Oakmere slightly edged it in terms of chances especially when a Dexter Levy free-kick looked destined for the goal at the end of normal time, but a brilliant save from the Cuffley keeper kept it out. In the end neither team could find that all important winner after extra-time and the match went to penalties.
Cuffley came out on top securing their third tournament win with Potters Bar district player Jamie Harvey scoring the winning penalty.
Both Oakmere and Cuffley did not concede a goal in normal play throughout the tournament and showed why they deservedly both reached the final.
Mr Baker headteacher from Mount Grace School and The Brookmans Park Rotary Club presented the winning trophies to the jubilant Cuffley players.
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