Bury Grammar School Boys’ U14s football team lifted a trophy in front of live cameras at Derby County’s Pride Park stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The BGSB team beat St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School 4-3 in the final of the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Boys Under 14 PlayStation Small Schools’ Trophy.
The match, played in the 33,000-plus seated stadium, was streamed live in HD on the Playstation Schools Cup video channel.
A Sam Bird hat-trick helped BGSB, who beat Lord Derby Academy, Buile Hill High School, Stretford Grammar School, Blue Coat School, Our Ladys RC High School and Winterton Community Academy on their way to the final, lift the trophy.
BGSB took the lead after just one minute when Bird collected the ball on the left, ran past his man and curled the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box.
However, Thomas Abanda equalised for St Bernard’s CGS with a calm finish past Luke Hutchinson.
BGSB put themselves back in front when Bird got in behind the opponents and slid to lift the ball beyond the oncoming goalkeeper.
Bird grabbed his hat-trick before half-time when his cross, following a short corner, deceived the St Bernard’s goalkeeper to go straight in.
St Bernard’s CGS pulled a goal back before the break when Abanda turned smartly and fired into the top corner at the near post.
BGSB restored their two-goal cushion after the break when Keelan Bradley headed in, unmarked from a corner.
St Bernard’s CGS set up a grand finale when Charlie Amasanti rifled into the top corner with a minute of the three added to go.
But BGSB held on to lift the trophy at the home of Derby County.
Chris Windsor, PE and Games Teacher at BGSB, said afterwards: “We played amazing football but the opposition were just as good.
“We were thinking there could be a goal every five minutes, so it could have gone either way.
“It’s an experience the boys will take with them in life and hopefully become even better players and people because of it.”