FLINTSHIRE Primary Schools’ season had a bittersweet ending as they lost out in the Tom Yeoman Shield final before going on to win the Phil Stanley Shield.
In the Tom Yeoman Shield, associations fielded two sides whose scores were combined to create the final result.
Flintshire Eagles and Hawks were aiming to become champions of Wales.and in the first round the Eagles dispatched Ceredigion 3-1 (Connor Massey 2, Cavan Daley) while the Hawks managed a clean sheet and two goals from skipper Jake Leonard to complete a comfortable 5-1 victory.
Second up both teams secured 0-0 draws with Rhondda Cynon Taff before facing old adversaries Wrexham Primary Schools.
Jacob Davies scored the winner for the Hawks and captain Peter Rhys Jones and Connor Massey scored the two Eagles goals that ensured a 3-0 aggregate victory and a place in the semi finals.
There Flintshire took on south Wales outfit Newport Schools. Another brace from Jake Leonard saw the Hawks home and Connor Massey scored again for the Eagles to send Flintshire into the final 3-0.
It was against fellow finalists Conwy that Flintshire fell, coming up just short by the narrowest of margins as Jack Pennington and Jacob Davies scored the goals that gave the Hawks a 2-0 victory before the Eagles lost 3-0.
A week later Flintshire put the disappointment behind them when they visited Chester Schools in their final Phil Stanley Shield games.
Victory in one game would see them crowned league champions but they were to win all four games comfortably.
The Hawks won 5-0 and 2-0 with goals from Jake Leonard (4) and single strikes from Morgan Jones, Jack Pennington and Brady McGilloway.
The Eagles won 5-0 and 3-0, with three from Cavan Daley, two from Peter Rhys Jones and one each from Joshua Lavelle, Jack Reynolds and Travis White.
The players were thrown a formal presentation evening at Ysgol Bryn Coch in Mold where former Flintshire Primary Schools player Andy Dorman handed out the trophies.
Andy played in the 1992-93 team that won the Tom Yeoman Shield and the Cheshire Schools Primary Association League.
He now plays for St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League and recently won his first cap for Wales against Croatia.