Harborough Town FC hosted the annual Association of Muslim Schools’ (AMS) finals day on Wednesday 11th March 2020. Muslim schools from across the country participated in a girls’ tournament in the morning, followed by the boys’ in the afternoon.
Referees, supplied by Leicestershire FA, presided over the girls’ teams during a competitive “round robin” league stage, which saw reigning champions Irqa Academy from Peterborough top the group with Madani Girls School from Leicester as runners up qualifying for the final.
In windy conditions, Iqra emerged victorious with a hard fought 2-0 victory to retain the trophy.
During the presentations, Andy Weston, ESFA Development Manager thanked the girls for their commitment and enthusiasm and praised the quality of football that the girls are playing, even though some of them are relatively new to the sport.
The boys’ tournament was highly competitive, but goals were at a premium with Madani Boys school from Leicester and Eternal Light school from Bradford reaching the final. The final saw Madani make most of the running with Eternal Lights goal leading a charmed life and with some resolute defending the game went to penalties.
With the score at 2-1 in the penalty shoot out, Eternal Lights goalkeeper produced a stunning save to win the trophy and become the AMS champions for the first time.
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