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Thrilling Football Tournament

The Grange's senior football players were looking to make it three wins in three years in the Liverpool College 8-a-side tournament.

They began well with a comfortable 2-0 win in their first game. However, the team would fail to register a goal in either of their next two matches, squandering a number of good opportunities and drawing both 0-0.

This meant that the Grange had to win their last two group matches if they were to have any chance of qualifying. The first of these games was against the previously unbeaten Stonyhurst. We started well and went on to win emphatically 4-0.  A 3-0 win followed with the Grange securing qualification to the semi-finals as group winners. The goals were shared out, with the Gyrkovits twins, Mitchell Thomas, James Hayes and Dan Lord all scoring two in the first five games.

A close semi-final saw the Grange narrowly beat Emmanuel College 2-1 despite falling behind in the first half. An Alfie Gyrkovits strike and a third penalty of the competition from James Hayes proved enough to see the side through to the final, where they would face RGS.

Both teams were clearly suffering from having played 6 games and it was the Grange who looked the more tired, going behind early in the match. However, the team showed great determination and resolve to fight back; equalising when Ben Webster found James Hayes on the edge of the area and his right foot strike nestled into the bottom corner.

The game went to penalties and it was The Grange who held their nerve, with captain Rory Boath saving two penalties to confirm their status as the undisputed kings of this tournament.