Balls and Burnham on scoresheet as Labour beat journalists in football clash

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls challenges goalkeeper Kiran Stacey at Salford City Football Club. Photo: PA

Two goals from the Shadow Chancellor and one from the Shadow Health Secretary were enough to see off a toothless Press Lobby XI as Labour finished 3 - 0 victors in a football match staged during the party's annual conference in Manchester.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham celebrates after scoring for a Labour XI. Credit: PA

A cool finish from Andy Burnham was too good for Financial Times Political correspondent Kiran Stacey, in goal for the team of journalists.

Ed Balls is fouled by a member of the Press Lobby XI. Credit: PA

Ed Balls converted a penalty which he won himself after being fouled in the hacks' penalty area.

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#newsblackout? Are any of the lobby reporting the result of the footy this morning. Feeling a bit sore but 3-0 against journalist worth it!

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls climbs over a fence after retrieving the ball at Salford City Football Club. Credit: PA