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Lammack sisters spot on in Manchester

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Lammack Ladies star at Your Game in Manchester

Sisters Marni and Pindi Sidhu helped Lammack Ladies turn last year's heartache into victory at Your Game in Manchester during another festival which refused to bow to the elements.

The Blackburn-based team lost in last year's regional final on penalties and engineered a brilliant win in the same fashion against Holy Cross from Bury.

Coming from behind as a Claire O'Reilly thunderbolt put Holy Cross into the lead, star player Pindi Sidhu scored two great goals before an Andi Bagshaw reply forced a thrilling finale.

But once there, the Lammack team made sure they would not be denied a second time as Michelle Brindle and then Pindi Sidhu scored the spot-kicks which secured their path to the final in Birmingham on May 19 at St Andrews.

The win was harsh on Holy Cross who were always a threat thanks to the hammer left foot of O'Reilly. But in a cruel twist her last act was to drag her penalty wide handing victory to the team led by captain Marni Sidhu.

Blackburn's Bruno Berner and Bolton's Blerim Dzemaili
Blackburn's Bruno Berner and Bolton's Blerim Dzemaili presented the medals

"I want to say a big thanks to Andy from the Prince's Trust who helped us out tactically today," Marni said.

"And I want to say thanks also to all the girls because without their hard work and commitment we wouldn't have got here today.

"It's taken a long time bit I'm really proud of them all."

Marni battled to form the team three years ago eventually persuading her sister to join in when training sessions were limited to a handful of people.

But with help from the Prince's Trust along the way they now have a strong core of players and compete regularly in a five-a-side league in Blackburn.

Pindi said: "It means everything to us because last year when we got through to the final and lost on penalties it hurt so much. I just didn't want to have that horrible feeling again."

In the men's final another closely-fought battle saw Birchfield All-Stars hold onto a 4-3 lead against Screaming Wheels.

Joining them in the final at Birmingham City's stadium will be AC Milanchester and Westbrook Girls who picked up the men's and women's Fair Play awards respectively.

Women's winners Lammack Ladies
Women's winners Lammack Ladies had no subs throughout the day

Westbrook's passage to the final was a triumph in last-minute organisation as the team came together on the morning of the tournament.

Paige Buckley said: "It's the first time some of us have met each other and we only got asked to come along yesterday."

Chelsea Taylor, who came to Your Game with friend Lindsay Dunn, added: "I think we'll have to stick together now and practice for the final. I think we need it don't we?

"It should be a good experience travelling to Birmingham. We don't often get the chance to get away from home in Bolton."

Fellow out-of-towners Birchfield All-Stars were equally enthused by their upcoming chance of playing on a Premier League pitch.

After Screaming Wheels brought it back to 2-2, Birchfield's Chris Jones scored twice in quick succession to put the tie beyond the Manchester team's reach.

Team captain Jason Kelly said: "It's a great achievement for all the lads. We can't wait to play in Brimingham. The Youth Group we represent will be made up we're taking the trophy home to them."

Blackburn's Bruno Berner and Bolton's Blerim Dzemaili attended Your Game in Manchester as a guest of the Swiss Embassy in London. The Swiss Embassy are supporting Your Game by taking the 2008 Your Game All Stars to Switzerland during the European Championship.

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