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Around 200 kids went fitba’ crazy on the Locker­bie 3G pitch on Fri­day.

The Annandale and Eskdale Pri­mary Schools Foot­ball Fes­ti­val, spon­sored by Mag­nox, saw an­other record en­try for a school sport com­pe­ti­tion.

Or­gan­ised by Ac­tive Schools and Com­mu­nity Sport in Annandale and Eskdale for the coun­cil, the fes­ti­val fea­tured tour­na­ments for both small and large schools.

Fol­low­ing round-robin and knock­out matches, Lochmaben beat Mof­fat 3-1 and New­ing­ton saw off Heck­le­girth 4-0 to go through to the large schools’ fi­nal.

Lochmaben won the fi­nal 3-2 on penal­ties after the game fin­ished 1-1.

In the small schools event, Tun­der­garth/St Mungo and Canon­bie won through to the fi­nal where they fought out a 1-1 draw and, in a re­peat of last year’s fi­nal, the game went to penal­ties. Canon­bie were the win­ners this time, tak­ing the shoot-out 2-1.

John Gri­er­son, Chapel­cross clo­sure di­rec­tor, on be­half of Mag­nox, said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see chil­dren be­ing of­fered th­ese chances of com­pe­ti­tion. Ev­ery­one had an en­joy­able morn­ing.”

Coun­cil­lor Jeff Leaver, the chair­man of the lo­cal author­ity’s Chil­dren, Young Peo­ple and Life­long Learn­ing Com­mit­tee, said: “It is good to see so many schools, coaches, vol­un­teers and young lead­ers com­ing to­gether to de­liver an en­joy­able morn­ing.

“This event yet again con­trib­utes to the coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties, es­pe­cially in sup­port­ing chil­dren to be healthy and rais­ing am­bi­tion.”

Sil­ver­ware Canon­bie won the com­pe­ti­tion for small schools at the Annandale and Eskdale foot­ball fes­ti­val on Fri­day

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