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Two teams from Darton College represented Barnsley Football Club in a five-a-side U15 futsal tournament yesterday.
Boys and girls sides faced off against other professional football clubs from Yorkshire and the North East in what was a fast-paced competition with plenty of quality.
Seven teams made up the boys tournament while there was eight in the girls competition, with the top four from a round-robin progressing into the semi-finals.
The boys established themselves as the early pace-setters in York, winning their first four games against Scunthorpe, Hull, Sunderland and Hartlepool.
12 points was enough to progress into the final four, finishing second in the mini-league to book a semi-final clash with Doncaster Rovers.
They would have confirmed their place in the national finals with a win however the Rovers came from behind to win 2-1 in a nail-biting affair.
The girls grew into their tournament, competing well after a tough start despite not progressing from the group stage.
The girls drew 1-1 with Hartlepool United while they also ran Hull, Doncaster and Huddersfield particularly close in matches that could have gone either way.
Darton College teacher Michael Wade admitted it was particularly hard for the boys to take, having been so close to the final but was proud of the efforts of both teams.
He said: “To be honest, we’re absolutely devastated to lose in the semi-final. After winning four on the bounce, the lads will be gutted. They wore their hearts on the sleeves. We’ll be going home disappointed not to get to the final and get to the national finals.
“We went out and performed. In those first four games we showed that we were one of the better teams in the competition. After going 1-0 up in the semi-final, I know the lads are disappointed to lose 2-1 and especially with the two goals they gave away.
“The girls have started off a bit nervous I think but they’ve played their way into the competition. Come the last couple of games, they’ve performed really really well. We couldn’t be any prouder of both the girls and the boys. They’ve been brilliant and represented the town amazingly well.”
Two teams representing Barnsley FC will be travelling to York again next Tuesday for the U13 tournament.