Extra-time Trident victory for Hipsburn

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Over 80 boys and girls participated in the 21st Annual Hipsburn Trident Soccer Tournament last weekend as 16 First School teams participated in the sporting fixture.

Hipsburn United took the Championship in a thrilling encounter with a 3-2 extra-time win over Warkworth.

The match ended 1 -1 with Warkworth taking an early lead before being pegged-back by the hosts with 10 seconds remaining. Hipsburn scored twice in extra-time but a late goal by Warkworth resulted in a tense finish in what was described as a ‘classic’ encounter.

The football tournament, organised by Trident Soccer, has raised thousands of pounds for school funds over the years, and the event encompassed support from ‘the four corners of north Northumberland.’

Sixteen teams participated in the north Northumberland’s most popular inter-school competition that included boys and girls from Alnwick, Amble; Belford, Branton, Felton, Hipsburn, Rothbury, Seahouses, Swarland, Thropton, Warkworth and Wooler First Schools.

Hipsburn First School Head teacher Mr Kevin Maloney said: “I’d like to thank everyone that participated in the tournament for making the event such an incredible success. I’d also like to thank Ryan Jobson and the Trident Soccer team for organising and sponsoring the the event as well as referees Richard Kelley and Shaun Jobson, fixture co-ordinator Malcolm Graham and our school staff.”

Commenting on the tournament Trident Soccer Director Ryan Jobson said: “We witnessed something very special today and the quality of football played was exceptional. The games were extremely close and the final between Hipsburn Utd and Warkworth was a classic encounter.

“I’d therefore like to thank all the children, parents, officials and staff involved, who continue to make this event such an outstanding tournament.”