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Lads aim for Monthey treble

Posted on 17 May 2010  - 12:00

Our Academy squad travel to Switzerland on Tuesday aiming for a hat-trick in the prestigious Tournoi International de Monthey.

Our Academy squad travel to Switzerland on Tuesday aiming for a hat-trick in the prestigious Tournoi International de Monthey.

The lads won the title in 2008 and successfully defended it last year by beating Hajduk Split in the final.

This time around they face Argentinian side CA Boca Juniors, FC Zenit St Petersburg from Russia and hosts FC Monthey in Group A.

They kick-off against Boca Juniors on Wednesday before facing FC Monthey on Thursday and FC Zenit on Friday.

The top two from each group go through to Saturday's semi-finals with play-offs for seventh/eighth, fifth/sixth, third/fourth and the final all on Sunday.

Club America from Mexico, Sevilla of Spain, Dutch side Feyenoord and FC Sion of Switzerland make up Group B.

"It's a very, very highly-rated tournament and you only have to look at the teams involved to see why," said coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"In the last two years we've played Flamengo, Hajduk Split, Marseille, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon, FC Sion and now we'll come up against Boca Juniors and FC Zenit.

"That shows you the invaluable experience the lads gain from these tournaments and how well we've done competing against top players from around the world.

"For our younger players, it's invaluable to their development."