June 2017: Triple success for school footballers

FOOTBALLERS at Haslingden High School have enjoyed triple success with the girls, boys and staff teams all celebrating.

For the first time ever a team from the school – the U14s girls – won the football County Cup coming away with a shield and a medal each.

In the final, played at AFC Darwen, the side took on Archbishop Temple School from Preston.

Ellie Chattwood, 14, said: “At half time they were 2:1 up and we were all really panicked, a lot of us were losing hope and everybody was scared about what might happen.”

However team captain Beth Macdonald, 13, had clawed a goal back and knew how to motivate the side and told them all not to give up.

Once back on the pitch for the second 35 minutes Beth showed her prowess scoring a further three goals before a free kick gave Abby Clarke, 12, the chance to make it 5:2.

Lucy Valentine. 13, said: “The goals Beth scored were all from quite a distance and were really good. Then Abby scored another in the last 10 minutes.”

Beth said: “When they were 2:1 up, I turned to Lucy and said, ‘We are not losing this.’

“On a couple of occasions they came close to scoring, but our goalkeeper Jane Finlay, 13, made some amazing saves and kept them from scoring a lot more.”

The girls were not the only successful team at Haslingden High School. The Year 10 boys won the Rossendale Cup beating Whitworth Community High School 2:1 with goals from Isaac O’Neill and Joe Bedlow and the staff team matched that score line to defeat Derby High School in Bury.