ST MARGARET’S Academy’s First XI football team have been crowned League title winners in the Merseyside College’s NDS Trophies Championship for a second consecutive year. Overcoming title rivals Range Hill School in an impressive 7-3 victory, SMA’s team topped the league following a remarkable season with over 80 goals. The team were presented with the league trophy and winners medals in an afternoon of celebration at an end of season friendly between year 12 and year 13 students. The team’s sporting success has been recognised by Sky Sports News presenter Pete Graves, who recorded a “breaking news” story to commemorate the win. This season’s stand out performances came from Owen Hough, with 19 goals and 19 assists this season, as well as Iwan Webster in defence, and Elliot Musa with Michael Taylor in midfield. Liam Cors, Matthew Yorke and Matthew Jackson also put in impressive performances. The team also reached the Everton Shield Final on Wednesday (11 May) for the first time in over 20 years, marking an impressive end to the season. Players put in a strong performance, narrowly losing 1-0 to Archbishop Beck. The league victory comes under direction of its manager, Greg McLean, a former student of the school now working in the Sixth Form. Greg McLean, the First XI football manager, says: “This has been a memorable season for the First XI team, with some excellent performances and unparalleled team spirit throughout. “Each and every player should be immensely proud of their determination and team work, which has helped the First XI team to lift the NDS league trophy for the second consecutive year. I look forward to congratulating the team properly at our annual sports award presentation dinner in July”.