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All-Stars reign in Birmingham

Your Game in Birmingham

Continental All-Stars proved family ties are the strongest as they engineered an emphatic 4-1 win over Team United Birmingham as Your Game landed in the West Midlands.

Although he was the first player this year to play the whole match with a face cloth in his hand, Leon Moses produced a man-of-the-match display, scoring twice and creating another.

If Leon's performance wasn't enough for the opposition, he was ably supported by team-mate and brother Lionel as well as his cousin and captain Daniel.

And the Moses clan was topped by boss Lincoln who looked like the day's king as the team received the winning trophy from Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies.

"I'm speechless," Lincoln said afterwards, licking his lips at the prospect of his team playing in the final in Birmingham on 19 May.

"A lot of the players call me uncle Lincoln even though I'm not, but that shows they have a bit of respect for me which is important when working with young people.

"If you walk an extra yard with them, they often walk an extra mile but they need to respect you in the first place."

Earlier Team United Birmingham had some success when the women's team overran Aston Babes winning 4-0.

The side, coached by Ikhlaq Hussain, often play futsal together and their superior skill showed largely because of a measured performance by captain Gemma Kehoe who dictated the speed of the match from the back.

Aston Babes keeper Vicky Greaves was in fine form to begin with stemming the Team United attacks with a string of fine saves.

But Kehoe eventually broke the deadlock before half-time and further goals in the second half from Vicky Cook, Leigh Dugmore and Lydia Mullett wrapped up the match impressing Villa's watching player.

The action from Your Game in Birmingham was heated
Mixing football and music makes it a fun day rather than just coming here to win medals

Aston Villa's Curtis Davies

"Some people say girls football is no good," Davies said afterwards, "but the girls have given themselves credit."

Despite supporting Villa, Kehoe said she was looking forward to playing at St Andrews.

"We're extremely happy we will represent Birmingham in the final," she said. "Playing futsal helps with our technique and if we keep playing like this we'll go into the final confident."

The disappointment for Aston Babes was short-lived as they won the women's Fair Play award. They will be joined at the national Your Game final by Centre Spot who won the men's trophy.

Elsewhere the day was livened up on a warm afternoon by a pulsating PA from MC Rukus who was backed by Baby J.

And the heat did not stop plenty of people taking it out on the punch bag, set up by boxing trainer LeRoy Nicholas who was showing how he could channel some of the players energy.

"We're bringing non-contact boxing into schools showing them how much fun it is," said Nicholas. "With this you get fit, but you don't get hit so it introduces it in a nice, friendly way."

Nicholas says he started his company, Sweet Science, after he noticed kids, including his own, having less respect for their elders. A meeting with some old boxing pals who had all gone on to be successful in their lives further confirmed his theory that boxing training had more to it than just improving fitness.

Now he teaches anyone from his own five-year-old daughter to a 76-year-old woman and dismisses any fears over it promoting violence.

"Boxers are calm, they have aggression but it's a calm aggression and it stays in the ring," he said. "You're much more likely to see two estate agents rolling around the floor on a Saturday night than you are two boxers.

"Plus when was the last time you saw a boxer chasing a referee around a field like you do in a football match? It just doesn't happen."

Your Game is a partnership between the BBC and the Football Foundation which offers young people from under-served communities the chance to get involved in football, music and the media.

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