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Streetboys brighten up Newcastle


Your Game in Newcastle

Men's winners Streetboys, made up of South African, Angolan and Portuguese players had a Scot to thank as they beat Sunderland Second Chance on penalties at Your Game in Newcastle.

Resplendent in a West Ham kit, Jamie Forrester saved the decisive kick to send his team-mates barmy after a sudden-death shootout at Newcastle United's Academy.

Following goals from Streetboys' Damian Hainstock and Sunderland's Shaun Graham in normal time, the first six spot kicks were all on target.

But Forrester proved the difference sending his team to the national Your Game final in Birmingham.

The win was a fillip for manager Bee Adeyeba who cheered on the boys with his tambourine all afternoon and it gave him an appetite to take the support onto another level when his team play at St Andrews.

"It's been a absolutely wonderful day," Adeyeba said. "Things like Your Game should be done more and publicised more.

"The win is great news for (our group) Sports for Youth because some of the lads we help in the west end of Newcastle are asylum seekers, refugees or on benefits. Now we want to bring more of our support to the final in Birmingham to make a great atmosphere."

Earlier the women's final was decided by a winning goal from UTASS captain Tracey Priestley.

Her strike was just enough to beat Sheer Class 3-2 during a titanic battle between UTASS striker Stef Hutchinson and Sheer Class's Natasha Wilson.

Hutchinson scored twice to give her team a 2-1 lead but with Sheer Class's keeper Helen Bambrough making a series of fine saves, Stephanie Walker took full advantage of another stop to make it 2-2.

Sheer Class's Natasha Wilson
Sheer Class's Natasha Wilson (centre) had a great game in the women's final
Wilson almost capped a fine performance with a header that went close, but UTASS's Danielle Scarr raced down the other end as captain Priestley followed up to give her team a deserved victory.

"We weren't sure how we were going to do today," Priestley said afterwards. "But now I can't wait for the final in Birmingham.

"Some of the team didn't want to come because of the weather but I told them we wouldn't melt!"

With the day looking like it would be a wash out, the sun appeared to give the drop-in group from Middleton in county Durham a fine taste of their first football tournament together.

Other newcomers to Your Game included MC Stush who kept the crowd bouncing at lunchtime with a energetic performance.

Having worked with the likes of Groove Armada, Stush was getting to grips with typical English festival weather with the mud underfoot slowly soaking her footwear.

But she was not to be perturbed as she teased the crowd before the Amateur Boxing Association took over giving Radio 1Xtra's Ace a good pummelling.

"The entertainment was really good," said Footie Divas coach Rashida Ahmed. "It makes the day feel as if there's not too much pressure on the football which is really nice."

Ahmed created the Footie Divas after identifying a need for an Asian women's coach in her community. Now she will get a taste of coaching her players on a Premier League ground after they won the women's Fair Play award.

They will be joined by men's Fair Play winners The Gap at St Andrews on 19 May.

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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