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Liskeard School set off to Penair for an eleven-a-side tournament with high hopes. The first game was against Truro and Liskeard’s confidence was a bit low as they hadn’t faired too well against Truro in previous years. Liskeard held their ground and after a demanding first half it was level at the break. For the remainder of the second half it was pretty calm until the last two minutes when Truro won a penalty flick from the ball being stuck under the keeper’s foot. The ball was struck towards goal and the Liskeard keeper lunged out to make the save but couldn’t connect with the ball which rebounded off the post only to be slotted home from the follow up. Liskeard challenged this as the goal shouldn’t have counted as no one had touched the ball from the original penalty flick. The goal was therefore disallowed and the game finished level.

Delighted with the result, Liskeard went straight into the next game against Richard Lander without a break. They kept their momentum and comfortably won 4-0. Truro then played Richard Lander needing to win 5-0 to replace Liskeard at the top. Fortunately they only managed three meaning Liskeard went through to the semi-final against Penair. Liskeard scored twice early on. Penair fought back to make it 2-1 but Liskeard responded superbly winning the game 3-1. Liskeard then awaited their opponents in the final.

Stepping back out in the pouring rain and near flooded pitch Liskeard found their final opponents to be a rematch against Truro. Bad visibility and horrendous wind didn’t affect the spirits and Liskeard’s determination to win. Liskeard set an early pace to the surprise of the Truro team and scored after an initial shot was parried by the Truro keeper. Truro came back strong and equalised to make it 1-1. With thirty seconds left of the game Liskeard won a penalty corner. The initial shot was saved but Nathan Wills grappled for the loose ball but failed to get his shot away before the full time whistle blew.

The game then went in into extra time. Liskeard won another penalty corner at the end of extra time. The ball was played to the edge of the D and was sent into the bottom corner of the goal to make it 2-1 to Liskeard. Liskeard gritted their teeth and defended superbly for the rest of the game to run out victorious. The cold wind and rain couldn’t dampen their well-earned celebrations when the final whistle blew. Liskeard had won the tournament!

Well done to Jordan Smith, Nathan Wills, Thomas Walters, Jacob Taylor, Paulo Carneiro, Will Tucker, Josh Randall, Rhys Colrein, Sam Humagain, Tyler Walsh, James Lorenz, Max Gilbert, Ronan Stone and Luke Gwillam.

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