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Lads defeated in Monthey opener

Posted on 20 May 2010  - 12:00

Our Academy side began their second successive defence of the Monthey Tournament in Switzerland with a heavy defeat against an impressive Boca Juniors outfit.

Our Academy side began their second successive defence of the Monthey Tournament in Switzerland with a heavy defeat against an impressive Boca Juniors outfit.

The Argentines ran out 5-0 winners in the opening group game, leaving the lads with an uphill battle to qualify for the semi-finals.

The Tournament comes at the end of an impressive season for our youngsters, in which they were runners-up in their FA Premier Academy League group.

But they will need to pick themselves up for one last push if they are to give themselves a chance of winning a third successive Monthey title.

Academy manager, John McDermott, was quick to praise Wednesday's opponents, saying: "They were probably the best Under-20 side I've come across. They had excellent individual players and were ruthless as a team.

"The scoreline possibly flattered them as we hit the woodwork twice and their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves.

"But their performance was superior to ours and I wouldn't want to detract from how well they played."

Hosts FC Monthey are next up this evening, with Zenit St Petersburg our final group game on Friday as we look to advance to the weekend's knockout stages.

John added: "In this disappointment, there must be a motivation to raise the bar. Our incentive is that we have two more group games to play and the players must want to be able to have the chance to play Boca in the Final again on Sunday.

"I fully expect this wake-up call to have an impact on the players."

Team: Archer; Smith (Manyoni, 50), Butcher, Durojaiye, Francis-Angol; Byrne, Cox, Nicholson (Luongo, 60), M'Poku; Mason (Lancaster, 60); Oyenuga (Stevens, 35)