A CHEADLE school football team has recorded a proud trophy success.
Painsley Catholic College has won the prestigious Sentinel Schools Shield.
They lifted the trophy after beating Sir Thomas Boughey High School, Newcastle, 6-2 in the final played at Vale Park, Burslem – the home of League One club Port Vale.
It was a case of third time lucky for Painsley teacher Darren Bullock, previously twice a beaten finalist as team manager.
Painsley's man-of-the-match was winger Michael Conlon who caused the opposition defence all sorts of problems as his side raced into a 4-1 half-time lead.
Central defender Andrew Coxon scored from the penalty spot in the 10th minute to put Painsley ahead, after the tricky Conlon was brought down in the box.
Macauley Rowe then increased the score two minutes later after being put clean through.
Jacob Campbell headed in Painsley's third goal before Conlon added a fourth with a fine solo effort.
Sir Thomas Thomas Bowey reduced the deficit before the interval following a rare mistake by Painsley goalkeeper Ryan Maratta.
The persistence of Conlon continued to pose problems for Sir Thomas Boughey in the second half and it came as no surprise when he put Painsley 5-1 ahead with a fine left foot shot.
Rowe then added Painsley's sixth goal before Ryan Williamson responded for the well-beaten finalists.
A delighted Bullock, paying tribute to the jubilant Painsley boys, said
afterwards: "I'm chuffed for every one of them. To see the progress they have made and the football they have played is fantastic.
"There's three year 10s in this side and they have got to the county cup final for three years on the trot, so hopefully we can come and defend this (Sentinel Schools Shield) next year and that would be absolutely fantastic.
"We love this competition – one because it is run so well, but also because for any kid to play at this ground (Vale Park) is second to none," he added.
Painsley College team: Ryan Maratta, Jack Pattinson, Andrew Coxon, Jacob Campbell, Tommy Burnett, Daniel Harper, Jack Derbyshire, James Lindop, Oliver Moulton, Callum Shaw, Macauley Rowe. Subs: Tommy Burnett, Fletcher Rushton, Edward Deaville, Joe Dunning, Jack Pyatt.