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Last Updated: Friday, 21 March 2008, 10:41 GMT
Portsea go into national finals
By Daniel Deere
Your Game reporter, Solent

Action from the women's final penalty shootout
Portsea women went through on penalties
Your Game reporter Daniel Deere was watching all the action as Your Game 2008 kicked off in Solent.

With two minutes left on the clock in the women's final Charlie Lanahan of Nacro scored to make it 2-1, but with seconds to go Lauren Cheshire scored a late equaliser which brought the score to 2-2.

With the score level a penalty shoot-out was necessary to decide a winner, and Portsea held their nerve to go through to the national finals, which are to be played at St Andrew's, the home of Birmingham City.

The men's final was between Portsea men and Townsend. Within seconds of the referee starting the match Sean Newman of Portsea scored the opening goal.

Whatever Townsend's manager said to them at half time certainly did the trick

Almost within a minute Russell Stanley made it 2-0 with a brilliant left footed strike into the top corner.

The game was restarted and Stanley was straight onto the attack, just clipping the outside of the post.

Sean Newman scored his second with a spectacular chip over the Townsend keeper to make it 3-0. Just before the break Newman got his hat-trick.

The referee blew his whistle to start the second half and Townsend were straight onto the attack, putting one away to make the score 4-1.

Portsea teams celebrate
Both Portsea teams will travel to Birmingham City for the nationals
About three minutes in, Townsend scored again from over half way. In the last minute Townsend scored again - whatever their manager said to them at half time certainly did the trick, as they looked like a completely different side.

With seconds left Sean Newman scores again to ensure victory for Portsea - the final score 5-3 to Portsea Men.

With the both finals finished it was time for the award ceremony, where there was a surprise for two more teams.

This was the Fair Play award which goes to the teams who showed the right spirit on and off the pitch.

These awards went to Mittens for the girls and Up Front for the boys, and both teams get to go to the nationals alongside both Portsea teams.

Up Front is part of a Positive Futures project in Portsmouth, which gives young people the opportunity to do activities that they may not be able to take part in.

The project leader, Julian Wadsworth, said: "It was a fabulous day for everyone involved, including staff and volunteers, to go and meet and play football against teams from around the Solent.

"I am very pleased that young men from Eastney and Milton, that are not in education or employment, could come and enjoy something that they love.

"It was brilliant to be awarded for the good behaviour, which the young men also show in their local community - we are very pleased to be going to Birmingham to play in the nationals, where we will show the same behaviour which we showed today."

If you're interested in becoming a Your Game reporter in your region, contact the Your Game team on 0208 576 2784.

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