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U15s triumphant in Copenhagen

Posted on 4 September 2014  - 07:15

A successful recent period for our youth sides continued when our Under-15s won the Crown Plaza International Under-15 Tournament in Copenhagen.


Following a dramatic penalty shootout victory against Sevilla in the semi-finals – in which makeshift goalkeeper Oliver Skipp made a match-winning save – the lads secured the silverware with a 2-1 triumph against Danish outfit Naesby in the final.

The players received a standing ovation from the healthy crowd in attendance, with Tashan Oakley-Boothe earning the Player of the Tournament award following a series of fantastic performances.

Proceedings began for us with a tough group stage opener against a very physical FC Angered side from Sweden, with a well-executed long range strike from Nya Kirby and a second half header from Rodel Richards giving us a 2-0 win.

Following a goalless draw in our second game against FC Nordsjaelland, we booked our place in the knockout stages by despatching host club FC Kastrup 3-1, Cheyce Grant (2) and Kane Thompson-Sommers on target.

Our semi-final against Sevilla ended goalless, with the heroics of stand-in stopper Skipp earning us a spot in the final. As the end-to-end contest entered its final moments, goalkeeper Lucas Heiler was adjudged to have handled the ball outside his area in a one-on-one situation and was duly dismissed.

Defender Skipp took over between the sticks as the game went to a best of three penalty shootout and, after TJ Eyoma, Kirby and Tariq Hinds netted for us, he saved the Spanish side’s third spot kick to send us through.

There was more penalty drama in the final. Taking on Naesby, who won the tournament last year, Oakley-Boothe was fouled in the box with Kirby scoring from the rebound after his spot kick was saved.

Naesby equalised quickly, but a fine long-range effort from Jeremie Mukendie sealed a 2-1 win and saw our lads crowned champions.

Our Under-16s also tasted success recently as they won the South Korea Cup in the Far East.