Derby clash sees Portsmouth victory

LINE UPS The teams of Southampton and Portsmouth apprentices
LINE UPS The teams of Southampton and Portsmouth apprentices

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IT was a triumphant South Coast derby which would raise the spirits of any Pompey fan.

Apprentices training in Portsmouth and Southampton met on the football field to find out which city’s apprentices played the beautiful game the best.

The only trouble was, Southampton’s SETA team had to lend Portsmouth’s PETA some players after the Pompey side was three men down.

SETA chief executive Richard Heighington said the game between the two sets of apprentices used to be a regular fixture until the 1980s when it petered out.

‘It is terrific to see it being held again and to recreate the rivalry between the two teams,’

The PETA side won on penalties after drawing 4-4 and lifted the Challenge Trophy.