BARRY BURNS NORTHERN EIGHTS

THIRD CONSECUTIVE TRIUMPH FOR REPTON

Repton won the Barry Burns Northern Eights for the third consecutive year on a bright spring day at the King's School, Chester.

As always the tournament consisted of three groups of six teams.  Group A looked likely to be won by Shrewsbury, who were playing in the tournament for the first time and won their first four games, but they were well beaten by St. Bede's College in the final match and the Mancunians thus clinched top spot.  Shrewsbury still qualified for the semi-finals as the best runners-up and third placed Cheadle Hulme claimed a spot in the Plate.

In Group B Repton were always in charge and they claimed top spot with RGS Newcastle moving into the Plate whilst it was Manchester Grammar School who dominated Group C, closely followed by host King's Chester and Bury GS who claimed the two Plate spots.

The winner of the Repton v. St. Bede's semi-final always looked likely winners of the tournament and St. Bede's were fancied after the destruction of Shrewsbury.  However, two early goals put Repton in charge and the Alexandra Park boys were never able to recover.  The other semi-final was a much tighter affair and it took a second half goal to give Shrewsbury victory over MGS.

So old rivals Repton and Shrewsbury, who first met in 1893, played out the Final, with Repton keen to gain revenge for a quarter-final defeat to the Salopians in this season's Boodles ISFA Cup.  After a strong Shrewsbury start, Repton took control of possession and increasingly controlled the game.  However, it was not until the second half that an excellent finish from Artem Aliev and a second from Max Barnes-Bally finally secured their third consecutive Northern Eights victory.

In the Plate Final, Cheadle Hulme were also bidding for a third consecutive victory but they lost out to a second half goal by RGS Newcastle.

Further photos to follow

PAST WINNERS 
2006 QEGS Blackburn 
2007 St. Bede's College 
2008 Tournament cancelled (severe weather) 
2009 RGS Newcastle 
2010 Manchester Grammar School
2011 Manchester Grammar School
2012 Cheadle Hulme
2013 Repton
2014 St. Bede's College
2015 Repton
2016 Repton
2017 Repton

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