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Monthey trip ends with thriller

Posted on 24 May 2010  - 12:00

Our Tournoi International de Monthey campaign ended with a sixth-placed finish after a thrilling play-off against Sevilla on Sunday.

Our Tournoi International de Monthey campaign ended with a sixth-placed finish after a thrilling play-off against Sevilla on Sunday.

The lads drew 3-3 but lost on a penalty shoot-out against the Spaniards, to round off what coach Alex Inglethorpe described as an ‘excellent experience' in Switzerland.

A young Spurs side - the youngest on show at the Under-20 tournament - were knocked out of the tournament proper at the group stage on Friday as we looked to defend the trophy for a third successive year.

A 5-0 defeat to Boca Juniors on the opening day was followed by victory over hosts FC Monthey and a 2-2 draw with Zenit St Petersburg, who advanced on goal difference.

So we played off for fifth place overall against Sevilla, who finished third in the other group, and got off to the worst possible start, falling two goals behind.

But Adam Smith's wonder-strike just before the break put us right back in the game going into half-time, when a host of changes were made.

They included the introduction of our Player of the Tournament, Ryan Mason (pictured), who within 15 minutes had scored two belters from outside the box to put us into the lead.

However, Sevilla found an equaliser late on, taking the game to a penalty shoot-out which they won 6-5 - Calum Butcher the unfortunate player to miss his spot-kick.

But Inglethorpe took the positives away from the trip, saying: "It has been an excellent experience.

"The Boca Juniors game especially was a real education for our group of young players - we were the youngest team at the tournament.

"They would have benefited from playing against different sorts of opposition, having played against teams of different nationalities in each game."

Mason was included in the Team of the Tournament for the third year running, and his coach continued: "We won the tournament two years running and therefore had a number of players in the team, but for Ryan to be included again this year is an excellent achievement."