FOOTBALL: Six of the best for Mrs Ethelston's Primary

CHAMPIONS: Mrs Ethelston's Primary School, Uplyme

CHAMPIONS: Mrs Ethelston's Primary School, Uplyme

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EIGHTEEN teams from the West Dorset Schools Pyramid gathered at St Mary’s Playing Fields, Bridport to take part in the area’s annual six-a-side tournament.

The teams were split into two leagues of nine for the group stages and the top four in each qualified for the quarter-finals.

Every team involved did themselves and their school proud and the final ended up being between Bridport Primary School B and Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School, Uplyme.

This was a re-match of the Kenway Cup final earlier in the week which Bridport won 5-1.

Bridport reached the final for the third year running after finishing fourth in their league and then beating their own A team in the quarter-finals.

They went on to beat St Catherine’s 1-0 in a very close semi-final.

Uplyme reached their first tournament final in recent years after only conceding one goal throughout.

They won their group with seven wins and a draw from eight matches, defeated Thorners in the quarters and Charmouth 1-0 after extra-time in a hard-fought semi-final derby.

In a very exciting, well-contested and supported final, Mrs Ethelston’s won 1-0 to lift the trophy and gain revenge for their Kenway Cup defeat four days earlier.

Organiser Lee Cuff, from Footie 4 Dorset, said: “What a fantastic day of football.

“Every single player from every team involved has done themselves and their school so proud, and everyone involved had a great day.

“It has been fantastic to witness the skill, teamwork and sportsmanship on show and most importantly how much enjoyment and fun children and parents had, which is what the tournament is all about.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and help in making the tournament such a success.

“Thanks to all the schools, players, parents and teachers, Bridport Town Council, Bridport FC, Sean Coombs, Mark Scadding, St John Ambulance and especially all of the day’s referees (Mark Cuff, Paul Cuff, Paul Valinski, Tom Crew and Will Aburrow), who kept going all day and did such a fantastic job.”

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