England take third

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In the girls’ year-7 play-off for fifth place, Jersey defeated Portugal 2-1.

Jersey led 2-0 at half time following goals by Emma Elliott and Ciara Giles before Courtney McDade pulled a goal back.

England’s men’s goals were scored by Gerard Meadows (two), Sean Irving and John Beatson.

Paul Aitken and Craig Leitch registered for Scotland.

Meadows’ double was his first since 2000 when his brace helped St Paul’s win the Upton Park Trophy.

Organiser Iain Mackenzie, of Sporting Eventualities, said: ‘It was another full-blooded game packed with good football and some fine goals.

‘With many players on both sides playing for the same clubs in the Jersey Football Combination there was also a lot of banter too.

But it’s been the same throughout the whole tournament, the banter has been fantastic on the pitch and in the bar afterwards.

‘Everyone has really enjoyed themselves and they want it to happen again.

It has generated a lot of interest and maybe we should look to have a home nations tournament at the end of every season together with a European Championship in the same year when they are played.

‘Football and friendship have been the real winners for the communities in the Island.

There has been so many positive things to have come from this tournament.

‘Now we look forward to Sunday afternoon’s final between Portugal and Jersey.

I’m assured the Portugal fans are going to turn out in force and I urge Jersey’s to do the same.

‘The Jersey team are all Jersey born and there is no excuse for the fans not to come because it is free to watch.’ Kick-off at Springfield is at 2 pm with the girls’ year-7 final between England and Poland starting at 1 pm.

Jersey girls: Chantelle Andrain, Saskia Childe, Jade Watkins, Chelsea McKenna, Emma Elliott, Sophie Fernandes, Kayleigh Renouf, Shannon Ryan and Ciara Giles.

Portugal girls: Asha Luis, Nikkita Boucault, Courtney McDade, Hannah Campbell, Lisa Tréhiou, Rachel Maindonald, Aythya Young and Charlotte Havard.

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