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Last Updated: Monday, 21 May 2007, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Penalties decide Newcastle final

Geordie Girls celebrate winning the women's final
Smiles all round after Kaylea (in green) made the crucial save

Geordie Girls won a thrilling penalty shootout over Stepping Stones to win the women's trophy at Your Game Newcastle.

With the teams deadlocked at the final whistle, goalkeeper Kaylea Fryer proved the hero with the crucial save at the Newcastle United Football Academy.

Geordie Girls were representing 'Moving On', a project which aims to break the cycle of homelessness amongst young people in Durham.

"Today has given the team a lot of confidence," said team coach and project leader Emily Casson.

"This was a really fun and different day. Lots of our young people have never had this sort of opportunity, to get to the final is really exciting and has given us a lot of self-esteem."

In the men's competition, Old Star FC beat Eagle FC 1-0 in a fiercely competitive encounter between two excellent and committed sides.

With a tight encounter heading for penalties, striker Herve Manara took inspiration from Didier Drogba, who scored Chelsea's winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup final, when he controlled a long ball from defence and hit a low drive into the bottom corner.

The Your Game Newcastle men's final
The men's final was evenly contested, much like the FA Cup final

Moving On and Old Star FC will be joined in the Your Game national final by Toonski 07 and Mad4U Babes, who won the men's and women's fair play awards.

"Your Game is the number one for me," said Toonski 07 captain Louis Thomas.

"Football is my heartbeat, and its the best thing for bringing different communities together."

Your Game is a partnership between the BBC and the Football Foundation, which aims to engage and inspire young people through football and music.

Radio 1xtra DJs L Double and Dev kept the music playing throughout the day, while live entertainment was courtesy of Your Game's resident ball magician Silky Skills and local graffiti artist Stig.

Danny McHeone of Boro Kickz Away won the Radio Five Live Best Commentator award, and Ritchie Binks took home the award for 1Xtra BBC Best DJ.

Local FA Hat-trick officer Mark Oliver won the Most Valuable Player trophy for his hard work in ensuring teams from all over the region benefitted from the experience.

We want to hear about your Your Game experiences, use your own personal web pages or email yourgame@bbc.co.uk and let us know.

Your Game is a partnership between the BBC and the Football Foundation, with support from Barclays Spaces for Sports.



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