Law footballer Ryan Finnie wins International Children's Games gold

LAW youngster Ryan Finnie (15) was part of the Lanarkshire football team which won a gold medal on the final day of the International Children's Games in Manama, Bahrain, on Saturday.

The 15-year-old helped Team Lanarkshire to its best-ever haul of nine medals overall, in what was a fantastic three days of competition in genuinely testing conditions where temperatures soared as high as 44 degrees.

Councillor Jim Smith, joint chair of the Lanarkshire 2011 International Children's Games Organising Committee, said: "Team Lanarkshire has performed magnificently and we're all extremely proud of their achievements.

"This has been our best ever medal haul at the International Children's Games and shows the calibre of young athletes we have in Lanarkshire.

"Their performances are testimony not only to their hard work and dedication to their chosen sport, but also to the preparation and skill of their coaches."

The football boys qualified for the knock-out stages with a 3-3 draw against Plock of Poland and a 10-0 thumping of Kaunas.

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