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Football: Hawarden High School Year 7 side wins Welsh Schools Championships

HAWARDEN High School’s Year 7 football team has clinched the Welsh Schools Championships for only the second time.

The school which produced Premiership stars Gary Speed and Michael Owen has enjoyed many footballing triumphs over the years, but the youngest of their current crop of players have established themselves as among the best in the school’s history.

In the final, played at The New Saints’ Park Hall ground, they faced Cardiff school Llanishen, emerging 4-2 victors.

Cameron Gardner and Tom Bridges gave Hawarden a half-time lead but they looked shaky after the break when Llan pulled a goal back.

Luke Blizzard restored a two-goal advantage but Llan’s tails were up and they grabbed another before Lewis Wright put paid to their comeback hopes with Hawarden’s fourth.

In qualifying for the final Hawarden overcame Connah’s Quay, Flint, Porthmadog and Anglesey.

“It was a great campaign and the players should all be really proud of what they have done,” said Hawarden High head of PE Pete Ledsham.

“We have a strong football tradition at the school but these pupils have achieved something few others have.”