FIVE different teams were crowned champions at the South & West Dorset Area Schools’ Football finals, held at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
After earlier knockout rounds had been played at the various schools around the area to decide the finalists. It was Beaminster School who doubled-up with victories in the Year Seven and Year 10 competitions, both with 2-1 wins over Budmouth and All Saints respectively.
Head of PE at Beaminster School, Mr James Wagstaff, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for such a small school competing against all the other schools in the area. I'm very proud of both our winning teams and we're already looking forward to next year.”
Having beaten the likes of Dorchester Middle and Colfox School on their way to the final, the Year Seven pupils secured a 2-1 victory thanks to George Calverly's penalty and a precise finish from Lewis Keenan.
Wagstaff added: “This is the most talented and competitive team I have seen at Beaminster School and I'm really looking forward to more success in the years to come.”
A day later, the Beaminster Year 10 side took on All Saints and produced a scintillating second-half performance to turn things around and claim the trophy.
Having gone in at half-time a goal behind, Adam Harris’ header drew the game level and then Solly Ayunga found the net from the penalty spot to give the school their second success in two days.
Wagstaff said: “This Year 10 team thoroughly deserved this victory in their third attempt to win the cup, and with such a strong squad of players we are really looking forward to the County Cup next season."
In the other year groups, St Osmund’s claimed the Year Eight crown after a 3-2 win over Colfox, Wey Valley endured penalty shoot-out in the Year Nine final to defeat Thomas Hardye after they finished 2-2 after extra time.
But the county town school managed to claim the Year 11 title with a 3-0 win over their Wey Valley counterparts.
Organiser of the competition Chris Luke said: “I was pleased with how the finals went.
“All games were played in a good spirit and the quality of football on display was excellent, especially in the Year Nine game.”
Year Seven: Beaminster 2 Budmouth 1
Year Eight: St Osmund’s 3 Colfox 2
Year Nine: Wey Valley 2 Thomas Hardye 2 (aet) Wey Valley won 4-3 on penalties
Year 10: Beaminster 2 All Saints 1
Year 11: Thomas Hardye 3 Wey Valley 0