Budding young footballers from primary schools in the Linlithgow area were “up for the Cup” on Sunday morning, when the 23rd annual George Allan Memorial Football Festival took place at Prestonfield.
Over 100 youngsters, boys and girls, played in two seven-a-side leagues - the developmental Reston League and the more advanced Gallagher League, named after the first two Scottish Junior Cup-winning captains of the Rose.
The Reston League at the Social Club end saw Bayern Springfield and Sporting Linlithgow emerge undefeated and Bayern went on to win the very close final match by one goal to nil.
In the Gallagher League at the Academy end, it took goal difference to determine the finalists, with Athletico Linlithgow, Brig Athletic and Springfield Barca all finishing with nine points. The Brig and Springfield teams fought out a tense goal-less draw, which was followed by a nail-biting penalty shoot-out. Barca emerged triumphant, which meant that Springfield school carried off both the Shield and the Trophy, a feat they had achieved in 2010.
Festival organiser Murdoch Kennedy thanked everyone who worked hard to ensure the success of the event and paid particular tribute to Linlithgow Rose FC for the use of the facilities at Prestonfield. The last time Springfield school won the George Allan “double”, the Rose won the Scottish Junior Cup and he hoped history would repeat itself on Sunday, June 2.