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A Wear­side pri­mary school landed a unique foot­balling tre­ble in a nail-bit­ing fi­nal of fi­nals.

Se­aburn Dene Pri­mary School clinched the Sun­der­land Pri­mary Schools’ Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion seven-a-side league over­all win­ners ti­tle with a penalty shoot-out win over neighour­ing St Benet’s RC Pri­mary, from Ful­well.

It caps a mem­o­rable sea­son for the 221-pupil Torver Cres­cent school who also lifted the five-a-side McAuliffe Tro­phy, while lift­ing the C League tro­phy af­ter an un­beaten reg­u­lar league sea­son.

In the fi­nals, where league win­ners and run­ners-up faced each other, at Castle­town Pri­mary, Se­aburn Dene pro­gressed to the semi-fi­nals with a 1-1 draw with Hast­ing Hill, a 1-0 win over St Mary’s RC Pri­mary and a 1-0 loss to St Benet’s.

Qual­i­fy­ing for the semi­fi­nals, Se­aburn’s next op­po­nents, Bex­hill, found Se­aburn pass­ing hard to con­tain, but were saved on many oc­ca­sions by the wood­work.

The game fin­ished nor­mal time with­out a goalh and pro­gressed to ex­tra time with, again, both teams un­able to break the dead­lock.

The match duly went to penal­ties, with Se­aburn’s Ben Charl­ton, Joseph Barnes and goal­keeper Joshua Gold­ing slot­ting the vi­tal goals, with Bex­hill’s young­sters fail­ing to score, set­ting up a fi­nal re­match – and a derby – with St Benet’s.

Nei­ther team played their best foot­ball in the close­fought fi­nal, with play­ers in gen­eral look­ing ner­vous as the game pro­gressed through nor­mal reg­u­la­tion time and ex­tra time, still level at 0-0, set­ting up the sec­ond set of penal­ties of the night.

With both sides miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to seize the tie, Gabrial Hutcheon stepped up to win it the tro­phy for Se­aburn Dene with his wellplaced shot.

Teacher and coach Richard Traves said: “This team have worked ex­tremely hard to get to this point and for a small school have done tremen­dously well.

“It is a tes­ti­mony to all the fan­tas­tic sport we pro­vide at Se­aburn Dene, to do not only well in foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions, but across a range of sports.”

 ??  ?? Se­aburn Dene Pri­mary School’s tre­ble win­ners. Pic­ture by Tim Richard­son.
Se­aburn Dene Pri­mary School’s tre­ble win­ners. Pic­ture by Tim Richard­son.

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