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U18s triumph in Switzerland!

Posted on 31 May 2009  - 12:00

Our Under-18s have retained the Tournoi International de Monthey after a 3-0 victory over Hajduk Split in Sunday's final.

U18s triumph in Switzerland!

Our Under-18s have retained the Tournoi International de Monthey after a 3-0 victory over Hajduk Split in Sunday's final.

It is Alex Inglethorpe's side's second triumph in an international tournament in the space of two months after a similar success in Bellinzona in April.

It caps a fantastic year for the lads, who also finished runners-up in the FA Premier Academy League having lost just three games in the competition all season.

Ryan Mason, John Bostock and trialist Anton Blackwood netted the goals against the Croatians.

Bostock also won the Player of the Tournament award, while he, Mason, Sam Cox and Jon Obika were all named in the Team of the Tournament.

Coach Alex said: "It's a great achievement considering we were significantly younger than any other team at the tournament.

"All at the tournament have recognised how well the lads have done in a competition with great history. The likes of Maldini, Costacurta and also Frank Lampard all played here in their youth.

"Having played over 60 games this year, we have just managed to perform to the highest level over five games in the space of five days, which is another fantastic achievement.

"This season, we have played other English teams domestically on a weekly basis, as well as teams like Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon and Flamengo in tournament football, not to mention playing in the Copa Chivas in Mexico. It has been an invaluable learning experience for the lads"

ROAD TO THE FINAL

Group Stage
- v Monthey, 4-1
- v Hajduk Split, 1-1
- v Marseille, 1-1

Semi-Final
- v Flamengo, 2-1

Final
- v Hajduk Split, 3-0