TALENTED young footballers from Helensburgh and Lomond's schools have done their bit to help people in some of the world's poorest countries at a special tournament.

LiveArgyll Active Schools teamed up with Ardencaple FC to bring more than 100 pupils from 10 area primary schools to Hermitage Academy.

The annual Christian Aid football tournament - a long-standing and popular feature of the town's annual Christian Aid Week efforts - saw the teams battle it out for the Karen Holborn Memorial Trophy.

Cheered on by a large crowd of spectators, the festival tested skill, team spirit and sportsmanship.

The boys' tournament last week will be followed by the inaugural girls' football tournament on June 12.

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In the boys' group qualifying stages, Cardross and St Joseph's emerged as semi-final qualifiers from group A, while Lomond and Hermitage Primary topped group B.

Organisers told the Advertiser: "Both semi-finals were closely contested yet still managed to produce some wonderful flowing football.

"Hermitage overcame St Josephs by 2-0, and Cardross narrowly defeated Lomond by 2-1, thanks to a last minute save from the Cardross keeper that prevented the game from going to extra time.

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"The play-off for third and fourth positions saw St Joseph’s claim third spot with a fine 2-0 win over Lomond.

"In a very closely fought and highly entertaining final, Cardross eventually edged past Hermitage Primary, courtesy of a 1-0 victory to be crowned worthy champions and to lift the Karen Holborn Memorial Trophy."

The vounteers who helped ensure the tournament continues got a massive thank you for their efforts.

And Helensburgh Toyota sponsored the tournament while Simon and Shawn Williams took photos of the teams and the action.

Referees Charles Livingston, Murray Fleming, Clive Charters and Euan Birss kept the matches running smoothly.

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The organisers added: "Thank you also to our liveArgyll Active Schools co-ordinator Martin Caldwell, and to all the school staff and coaches for their help, as well as all the families and friends for their tremendous support.

"Finally, a thank-you to Ardencaple Football Club for working in partnership with Active Schools to facilitate the event, and to Andy Black and Robert Holland for helping coordinate the scores and games on the night making it such a memorable evening for everyone.

"Eileen Drummond and her team from the Christian Aid committee provided a tuck shop and teas/ coffees on the night and were delighted with the funds they managed to raise for the cause."