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Primary ambitions: Brooklands Primary School celebrate after winning the Northern Ireland Primary Schools Cup

Primary ambitions: Brooklands Primary School celebrate after winning the Northern Ireland Primary Schools Cup

Primary ambitions: Brooklands Primary School celebrate after winning the Northern Ireland Primary Schools Cup

This team may look a bit like Linfield, but they have proved to be even more successful than the Carling Premiership kingpins.

For, while David Jeffrey masterminded the Blues to yet another league and cup double, Brooklands Primary School, from the outskirts of east Belfast went one better by bagging a terrific treble.

The boys (and girl) from Ballybeen have enjoyed a remarkable season. As well as achieving their most important objectives - to enjoy playing football and to attempt to emulate the styles of their sporting heroes, be it at Barcelona, Liverpool or Glentoran - they also managed to pick up a host of silverware along the way.

The team, who compete in the Newtownards and District Primary League, were victorious in the Ashfield 7-a-Side knock-out cup - one of the most prestigious primary competitions in greater Belfast and the much coveted Newtownards and District 11-a-Side Primary Cup.

Although these were tremendous achievements in themselves the 'Brookies Lions' weren't happy to settle for a mere 'double'.

Many of the players - Kyle Calderwood, Harry Grierson, Luke Foster, Brandon Nelson and Jack Craig - made their debuts for the school team a year early, when they were in P5 and even in that embryonic stage of their footballing careers they had always one eye on the Holy Grail of primary school football ... the Northern Ireland Primary Schools' Cup.

After recording victories against St Eithne's PS, Bocombra PS and Sacred Heart PS in the opening rounds, Brooklands travelled to the home of Loughgall FC to take on a strong Barrack Street PS team from Strabane in the Northern Ireland Cup semi-final.

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But the Brooklands PS came through with a 4-0 victory and set up a date with St John the Baptist PS (Portadown) at Seaview.

In what can only be described as an epic contest which could have gone either way, the Dundonald side emerged victorious, when Jake Kennedy settled the decider with an absolutely stunning strike that would have been worthy of any contest.

And so, with the biggest trophy in Northern Ireland primary schools' football safely in the bag the triumphant heroes headed back home to celebrate, where surely the wine gums will have been flowing.


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