Hundreds enjoy Norfolk Christian league youth fives
Over 200 youngsters from 35 different teams took part in the annual Norfolk Christian Football League’s Youth five-a-side tournament on Saturday May 20 at Lavare Park in Old Catton. Alan Barnes reports.
The teams from across the county competed for trophies in four age groups from Under 10s to Under 16s.
In the morning, under bright sunshine, the Under 10s and Under 12s played their round robin leagues in an excellent spirit.
In the Under 10s, Brooke Adventurers and Old Catton Soul emerged from the semi-final knock-out to contest the final. Brooke ran out 2-0 winners and added the 5-a-side trophy to their league and cup successes during the season.
In the Under 12 final, Lowestoft United beat Stoke United 1-0, with a penalty in the final minute. Lowestoft have also won league and cup and completed the clean sweep on Saturday.
In the afternoon, with the threat of rain, 13 teams from the Under 14 and Under 16 leagues contested their tournament. This was run on a round robin basis with the top two from each league contesting their finals. Both finals were very closely fought and ended up being decided on penalties.
In the Under 14s, St John’s beat Lighthouse 5-4 and in the Under 16s, Lighthouse defeated Heigham Park Hawks 8-7. The Hawks had been presented with the Fellowship Trophy earlier in the day for being voted the team demonstrating the most sportsmanship over the season.
As the final presentations drew to a close, the rains came and all participating teams were left to reflect on an excellent day of football.
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