Preston North End girls get among the medals

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Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol
Blackpool v Bury
Photo Neil Cross Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol Blackpool v Bury
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Girl’s football was top of the timetable when PNE Community and Education Team hosted the area finals of the EFA girls’ cup.

Teams from as far afield as Carlisle and Wigan came together in Preston to claim their place in the next round of the popular schools cup.

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Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol
Blackburn Rovers v Morecambe

Photo Neil Cross Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol Blackburn Rovers v Morecambe

The girls from Broughton High School, representing PNE, made a good start in the group stage, making it through to the semi-finals, where they lost to Wigan.

They then took on Fleetwood Town, who had beaten them in the group stage, reversing the result to take bronze medals.

In the final Blackburn took on Wigan who had convincingly beaten them in the group stage.

Not to be disheartened, Blackburn knuckled down and overturned the result, ending up as area champions.

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Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol
PNE v Bury

Photo Neil Cross Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol PNE v Bury

Dean Brandwood, Preston City Council, School Games Organiser said: “The quality of play at this stage was impressive and bodes well for the future of girls’ football in England.”

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Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol
Accrington v Fleetwood

Photo Neil Cross Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol Accrington v Fleetwood

Photo Neil Cross
Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol
PNE v Bury

Photo Neil Cross Girls football U13 tournament at Play Football, Ingol PNE v Bury