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PROUD OF THE LADS

Posted on 13 May 2008  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe feels our Academy's performance in tournaments this season is something everyone at the Club can be proud of.

Alex Inglethorpe feels our Academy's performance in tournaments this season is something everyone at the Club can be proud of.

Last weekend's triumph in the Tournoi International de Football de Monthey in Switzerland extended their record to two wins and a runners-up spot in three major youth events this season.

It all kicked-off back in August with success in the massive Eurofoot tournament in Belgium.

That was followed by reaching another final but losing out to Dynamo Moscow in the Dusseldorf International U19 Tournament in March.

The Tournoi International de Football de Monthey began with a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Real Murcia last Wednesday but the lads then reeled off victories in successive days against FC Sion, Sevilla and Eintracht Frankfurt before beating Sporting Lisbon on Sunday to bring home another trophy.

"This was a tough tournament with the structure of five games in five days plus the level of opposition we were up against," reflected coach Alex.

"We opened up against Real Murcia and they are second behind Barcelona in Spain, FC Sion are a strong Swiss side, we then had to beat Sevilla, then Eintract Frankfurt and beat Sporting Lisbon in the final and they are top of the Portuguese League.

"We've beaten some of the best teams in Europe and beaten them in a style that everyone can be proud of."

Alex insisted tournament play was a vital slice of the lads' football education. "They've learned more here than perhaps they have at any other stage of the season," he said.

"They had to learn how to play under fatigue, how to compete against top European sides and they way the lads have performed in the tournaments this season has exceeded all expectations."