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Talence show!

Posted on 25 May 2008  - 12:00

Our Under-18 side picked up their second trophy of the summer on Sunday with victory in the Tournoi International de Football de Talance in France.    

Talence show!

Our Under-18 side picked up their second trophy of the summer on Sunday with victory in the Tournoi International de Football de Talance in France.

Alex Inglethorpe's team started the day by advancing from Pool B as group winners with a 1-0 victory over Polish side Poznan thanks to a well-taken Dean Parrett goal.

We then faced hosts Talence in the semi-finals but made it to the final with a comfortable 2-0 win. Alex Olsen and Danny Hutchins were the goalscorers on this occasion.

Only Spanish side Alcala, who had beaten us 1-0 in the group stages on Saturday, stood in the way of our talented young side and glory.

But what a way to gain revenge and claim the trophy with a 3-0 victory, with goals coming from Jon Obika (2), and defender Calum Butcher.

A special mention must also go to David Hutton (pictured), who picked up the Player of the Tournament award.

Delighted Coach Inglethorpe said: "We dug deep and found reserves we perhaps didn't think were there at the start of the tournament.

"We coped with the low points well and showed our class on the final day. I don't think anybody can deny we played some of the best football in the tournament.

"Over the course of the last year, this side has played in five tournaments and reached four finals, winning three of those. Not many youth sides in Europe can boast that record.

"As well our 28 Academy league games, we have played 34 games on the continent, so full credit to all the players and staff for their efforts."

All matches in the Tournoi de Talance were played over 40 minutes and follows on from the recent success at the Tournoi de Monthey in Switzerland.