Our Under-18s had to settle for third place at the Copa Amsterdam after a semi-final defeat at the hands of hosts Ajax on Sunday.
Alex Inglethorpe’s side made it through to the last four after a crucial victory over Anderlecht in their final group game on Saturday.
But they were edged out of a close-fought game against the Dutch side on Sunday, with Boere’s 20th minute header separating the sides in a 1-0 defeat for the lads.
Jake Nicholson and John Bostock both tested the opposing goalkeeper, but Ajax stood firm to book their place in the final against Botafogo of Brazil.
It meant a third-place play-off for us against Slovakian side AS Trencin, and after an uneventful 0-0 draw we ended the competition on a high note with victory in the resulting penalty shoot-out.
Ronnie Hawkins, Kevin Stewart, Callum Tapping, Tom Carroll and Nathan Byrne all converted their spot-kicks, and coach Alex was delighted with the overall effort this weekend.
He said: “I’m very pleased with them. We had the youngest squad out here so it was a really good effort from everyone to get third place in the tournament.
“We started well and should have won the first game by a few more than we did and then an outstanding performance against Anderlecht.
“It can be tough when you need a win to go through but we controlled the game, played some good football and deserved the 1-0.
“And there’s no shame in going out to Ajax who are a very good side, especially by only the odd goal, and then there was another excellent performance in the play-off."