Walking Football team’s penalty shoot-out agony
THE West Lancashire Walking Football squad’s bid for international success was thwarted at the final hurdle when they lost out in a spot-kick showdown!
The team, made up of over-50s from throughout the borough, reached the final of a tournament in the Algarve, Portugal where they met the holders, a team called Olah, who had former Coventry and Newcastle professional, Brian Kilcline in their ranks.
Despite this, the West Lancs team held their rivals to a 1-1 draw at full-time only to suffer the agony of losing in the subsequent penalty shoot-out!
On the first day of the competition, the West Lancs team played four games, winning three and drawing one to top their group.
They followed this up on day two by again winning three of their four matches to clinch their place in the final.
Now they are hoping to go one better next year by taking part in another tournament in Portugal for over-60s - and they won’t have to face the formidable Olah whose team members are all in their 50s!
The West Lancs team play regularly at Edge Hill Sports Campus and members live in Aughton, Ormskirk, Burscough and Skelmersdale.
Walking Football was created with the aim of inspiring the over-50s to get more exercise and counter social isolation.