The Blackburn with Darwen high school cup finals returned to Ewood Park in style as four different schools went home with a trophy from finals day.
The year seven to ten finals of the Blackburn and Darwen Secondary Schools Sports Association (BDSSA) were held back-to-back on the famous turf last week, with enthusiastic crowds cheering on the children during their big day.
First up was the tightest contest of the day, as Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School (QEGS) beat St Bede's High School in a penalty shoot out, after their tussle ended scoreless after extra time.
St Bede's, featuring in all four of the day's finals, were also to be on the wrong end of the scoreline in the year eight and nine fixtures too. Firstly they were defeated 2-1 by St Wilfrid's High School in the year eight final after a last minute winner, and were then seen off 6-2 by a superb year nine team from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.
However, their moment was to come, wrapping up victory in the final fixture of the day, turning in a 3-1 victory against Pleckgate High School in the year ten clash.
Adrian Ward, Media and Events Coordinator of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was thrilled with the success of the day, explaining:
"It was a great honour to welcome the Blackburn and Darwen high school finals back to Ewood Park after a number of years' absence, and the response from the children, teachers and spectators was very pleasing to see.
"The quality of football on show was superb and we hope that it's not just a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many of these players to say that they've played here - we hope that we'll see them back here time and again in years to come."
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust would like to thank the BDSSA for their logistical support in bringing the finals to Ewood Park and working in partnership to ensure that the day ran smoothly for the enjoyment of everyone involved.