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Southlands High School has enjoyed a second consecutive win of the prestigious Chorley Hospital Cup in a sensational final match over St Michaels 4-2.

The Chorley Schools Hospital Cup is a hard fought competition for Year 7 students as schools from across Chorley and Leyland compete in this annual knock-out tournament.

The Hospital Cup trophy was given to Chorley Cottage Hospital in 1898 by Alderman Henry Rawcliffe, who was the original benefactor of the first hospital in Chorley which opened in 1893. In the late 1890’s and early 1900’s the cup was played for by local football teams, including Preston, Staylebridge, Southport. At the start of the Second World War, the trophy was locked in the safe at Chorley Hospital. In 1998 after the trophy was discovered, the Chief Executive Officer of Chorley Hospital funded the first football tournament for all the high schools in Chorley and Leyland which have since continued to run for the past sixteen years.

Last week, Southlands High School secured the Hospital Cup after a great performance at Victory Park. Both teams produced some excellent football that kept the crowd euphoric throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Southlands’ Joe Nolan and Sean Elliot commanded the centre of the midfield. Kai Shoroock’s pace was electric. Josh Clement was very strong on the right and Tom Duddle was an excellent link up front. Man of the match was awarded to Dan Cowton at Centre Half. He never missed a tackle, and made two crucial tackles in the last 10 minutes.

“It was a great effort, great commitment and I am pleased with the result. Well done to everyone involved.” – Mark Fowle, Head Teacher

Southlands Team: Jordan Eastham, Cameron Moss, Mason Fowler, Dan Cowton, Stuart Burgess, Ben Holden, Tom Duddle, Sean Elliot, Joe Nolan, Josh Clements, Kai Shorrock, Spencer Whitaker

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