Primary schools’ football tournament hailed a success

Winners St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Winners St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Eight primary schools took part in another successful running of the Hatfield & District Primary Schools’ Football Tournament.

St Philip Howard celebrate. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Philip Howard celebrate. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Birchwood Avenue, Countess Anne, De Havilland, Hatfield Community Free School, Green Lanes, The Ryde, St Philip Howard and St Mary’s met at De Havilland School on Travellers Lane for the annual curtain raiser to the season.

Winners St Philip Howard celebrate. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Winners St Philip Howard celebrate. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

The eight teams were split into two groups of four and played each other in a round-robin league with the top two progressing to the semi-finals.

St Philip Howard celebrate at the final whistle. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Philip Howard celebrate at the final whistle. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

This stage produced some very exciting and close matches, with the quality of play rising as the morning progressed.

St Philip Howard celebrate after the final. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Philip Howard celebrate after the final. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

The final four saw St Philip Howard overcame St Mary’s but Green Lanes and De Havilland could not be separated in normal or extra time, their game finishing 1-1.

St Philip Howard celebrate at the final whistle. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Philip Howard celebrate at the final whistle. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant


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It meant the dreaded penalty shoot-out which De Havilland just managed to squeeze through.

De Havilland vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

De Havilland vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

The final was very tense with great commitment from both sides.

St Philip Howard players celebrate what turned out to be the winning goal in the final. Picture: KEV

St Philip Howard players celebrate what turned out to be the winning goal in the final. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

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Both teams poured their energy into the contest but in the end it was a single long-range effort that settled the game in favour of St Philip Howard.

St Philip Howard vs De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Philip Howard vs De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Event organisers thanked the referees, players, staff and families of all schools who took part and made the tournament a great success as well as the De Havilland staff members who helped to stage the event.

De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES

De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

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De Havilland vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

De Havilland vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

St Mary's. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Mary's. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

St Mary's vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Mary's vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Green Lanes equalise against De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Green Lanes equalise against De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

St Mary's vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

St Mary's vs St Philip Howard. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

De Havilland celebrate a goal against Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES

De Havilland celebrate a goal against Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

De Havilland vs Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES

De Havilland vs Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Green Lanes take on De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Green Lanes take on De Havilland. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

De Havilland vs Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES

De Havilland vs Green Lanes. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

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