THE Catholic High School has chalked up a magnificent double on the football field.
The Capenhurst Lane school's girls Under 16 side were crowned Cheshire champions thanks to an emphatic 7-1 victory over All Hallows Catholic High School of Macclesfield, while the boys' Year 9 team roared to the Ellesmere Port Schools League title with a 3-1 triumph over Sutton High.
Coach Mark Cavanagh was delighted with the two titles and praised the effort and attitude of both sides.
'It is fantastic for the school and for the pupils involved,' he said.
'It was third time lucky for the girls after losing the final for the past two years so I am really proud of them for wining it in their final year at the school. They've suffered disappointment but come back stronger and they deserve great credit.
'The boys have done exceptionally well too. It is the first year of this new league which involves Year 7, 8 and 9 boys teams from Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Cheshire Oaks High, Sutton High and Whitby High and so it is great for them to be the first ever winners.
'It was close-fought final but the boys showed great determination and thoroughly deserved to win it.'
The Year 9 boys made a poor start to their final clash with Sutton High and fell behind early on to a Leon Clowes free kick. Port captain Sam Hart equalised moments later before lashing home his second of the match on the stroke of half-time.
Sutton pressed forward in the second period but Port survived and clinched a 3-1 win courtesy of a Phil Quilliam header with just five minutes remaining.
It was similar story for the girls U16s who fell behind after 15 minutes of their match held at Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose ground.
But they replied instantly through defender Charlotte Edwards before efforts from Kristie Shiels and Rachel Lever gave them a 3-1 interval lead.
In the second half, Port turned on the style and strikes from Elaine Haggie, two more from hat-trick ace Lever and another from Kristie Shiels gave them an impressive 7-1 win.