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Blackburn Rovers lifted the Lancashire FA Senior Cup sponsored by Thornton Sports on Saturday afternoon, following a dramatic penalty shoot out against local rivals Preston North End.

Jamie MacLaren had given Rovers the lead early in the second half, and with 17 minutes remaining Iain Hume made the scores level. A touch of controversy followed as Neil Mellor's late effort for PNE appeared as though it might have crossed the line after crashing down off the crossbar. However the goal was not given, and with the scores remaining level at 1-1 after ninety minutes, the tie headed straight into penalties to determine the '2011 Champions of Lancashire'.

Rovers' James Knowles was first up and calmly slotted home, before the Man of the Match, Iain Hume, saw his effort saved by Matthew Urwin. Reece Hands missed the second for Blackburn, allowing PNE's Nicholson to make it 1-1. Rovers captain Gavin Gunning smashed his penalty down the middle to edge his side back into the lead, to then watch Phil Brown's recent signing Clarke Carlisle hit the bar. Raheem Hanley then missed the target, and Neil Mellor was thwarted by another superb save at full stretch by Urwin. Finally goalscorer Jamie Maclaren stepped up to beat Roy Carroll in the North End goal for the second time in the afternoon, and clinch the Senior Cup title for the young Rovers side.

Almost 1300 attended the match at The County Ground in Leyland, where Thornton Sports have recently provided the Lancashire FA with brand new training and community facilities. Works completed earlier this year involved resurfacing of a sand-filled synthetic grass pitch with the company's in-house UK manufactured SoccerTurf 40M 3rd Generation surface, and also construction of an adjacent new 5-a-side sports pitch with a similar SoccerTurf surface.

To find out more about the Lancashire FAs new facilities click here.

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