High school football team crowned Lancashire champions

Haslingden High School Under-14 football team won the Lancashire league title

A Rossendale High School football team celebrate their crowning as Lancashire Champions after their landslide victory in the County Final.

The Haslingden High School Under-14 team played the Balshaw High School team from Leyland at Darwen Football Club and won with a final score of 7-2 on 25 May.

Haslingden PE teacher and football coach Nikki Berko said: “They are a phenomenal team and next year we want to do better and win the Lancashire and England titles.

“There were 11 members in the squad and five substitutes and on the day every member of the squad got to play in the game, so the win was a real team effort and everyone played their part. “

Lancashire Telegraph: Haslingden High School in Rossendale

Lancashire Telegraph: Haslingden High School in Rossendale

Haslingden High School in Rossendale

Their success comes just weeks after a narrow penalty shoot-out loss, which unfortunately cost them a place in the semi-finals of the English Schools’ Football Association’s PlayStation Schools Under-14 Cup.

Central midfielder and team captain Ocean Flanagan, 13, who also plays for Bury, said: “Within the first two minutes Hattie Simpson had headed in from a corner and at half-time. , we were leading 6-0.”

In the first half, Hattie scored a hat-trick while Daisy Botham, Darcie Dixon and Ocean also scored a goal each.

Ocean said: “As soon as we scored we had a lot more confidence and it was the best we’ve ever played.”

At half-time, the mood within the team was ecstatic. Although Balshaw pulled one back about ten minutes before the end of the game, Senaiya Knill then netted a seventh for Haslingden. Balshaw then added further consolation in the final minutes as they clinched a 7-2 final score.

Parents watching the team mentioned the team spirit and solidarity between the Haslingden girls, saying it was a good clean game and they were a very respectful team.

Central midfielder and hat-trick hero Hattie, 14, who also plays for Bury and Rochdale, said: “We always give the other team three cheers whether we win or lose.”

Goalkeeper Holly Thomas, 14, also plays for Blackburn and hopes to pursue a career in football coaching.

Many members of the U14 squad represent the school in the U15 squad which also qualified for the quarter-finals of the English Schools Football Association Cup.

The high school became much more active in sports. Coach Berko added: “I don’t think we’ve ever had a team playing so many football games before.

“They’ve made seven appearances in the U15 FA Cup, another seven in the U14 FA Cup and then five rounds in the Lancashire Cup.”

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