Blessed Trinity lift Lancashire title in two age groups

CHAMPIONS: Blessed Trinity's Year 8
CHAMPIONS: Blessed Trinity's Year 8

AN unforgettable double triumph has seen Blessed Trinity become one of the most successful footballing schools in the county.

Its Year 8 and 9 teams both won this year’s Lancashire Cup meaning the school, since becoming Blessed Trinity just five years ago, has now won the competition sevens times at different age groups.

More than 80 schools entered each competition in the preliminary round underlining just how impressive a performance both teams put in to lift their respective trophies.

The Year 8 team came out on top after beating Our Lady’s, from Lancaster, in a tense final. With the full-time score level at 3-3, the Burnley boys hit the back of the net twice in extra-time to win the tie 5-3.

En-route to the final, they beat Darwen Vale, Haslingden, St Augustine’s, Fearns all by big score-lines before a 2-1 victory over Ribblesdale in their semi.

The Year 9 team had a tougher route to the final, scoring deep into normal time and extra-time to secure wins in the quarter final, semi-final and the final itself, where they beat All Hallows, from Penwortham. Jack Suddall, Liam Cole, Ben Beardsall and Ben Ennis all scored decisive goals against their opponents before lifting the prestigious Under 14s trophy.

Team managers Mr MacMahon and Mr Ennis were full of praise for their teams and for how they conducted themselves throughout a long season.

Mr MacMahon said: “All the boys played with passion and pride, and were wonderful ambassadors for Blessed Trinity.”

Headteacher Miss Bleasdale echoed these sentiments saying: “This is a marvellous achievement for our school. It underlines the hard work and efforts of our pupils and staff to accomplish a very rare thing – two Lancashire Cup winners in one season! Well done to all the boys.”