Date: 1st June 2008 at 3:41pm
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The finals of the inaugural Rhys Jones Football Tournament proved a fitting tribute to the Liverpool schoolboy on Friday night.

Almost a thousand spectators came along to Chester City’s Deva stadium to see the culmination of the Liverpool Unites-backed competition on Friday night.

After two days of group games earlier in the week, where the 28 teams were whittled down, the final four from both the girls` and boys` tournaments took to the League Two pitch.

The under-12s sides played out two semi-finals and their subsequent finals.

For the girls, Everton under-12s took the honours, edging out The Feds 1-0 in a tense final.

The boys` tournament was decided on penalties, with Poulton Victoria taking the trophy by a 3-2 scoreline.

Both trophies were presented by Rhys`s parents, Melanie and Stephen.

Speaking in the Liverpool Daily Post, Tournament organiser Steve Geoghegan said: “This has been a great night. It`s exactly how we wanted the tournament to finish. These kids will probably never forget the time they got to play at a professional league ground.”

Rhys, 11, was an Evertonian and the tournament was launched in his honour after he was shot dead walking home from football practice last August.

Congratulations to all who took part and made this event a great success from everyone at Vital Chester City.