Under-17s impress in Italy with Juventus wins and individual honours
03 April 2018|Tottenham Hotspur
Our Academy side beat their counterparts from Juventus twice and scooped a host of individual awards on the way to a third place finish at the Under-17 Borgaro Maggioni Righi tournament in Italy over the Easter weekend.
Juve were dispatched along with Dynamo Kiev and local Italian side Borgaro as, playing 60-minute games, we stormed through the group stage with three wins out of three before coming up against a highly impressive Atalanta outfit in the semi-finals.
Despite falling behind early on, we took the lead through a brace from Troy Parrot – two of 10 goals he scored overall to claim the tournament’s Golden Boot – only to concede an equaliser from the spot six minutes from time before slipping to a 5-4 defeat in the resulting penalty shootout.
Atalanta went on to lift the trophy while another Parrot double saw us round off the campaign in positive fashion by beating Juventus 2-1 in the third place play-off on Monday.
In addition to Parrot winning the Golden Boot, Maxi Tainio was named Defender of the Tournament, Jamie Bowden picked up Midfielder of the Tournament and Dilan Markanday was recognised as Best Overseas Player (best player from a non-Italian team).
“To play in Italy, even at Under-17 level, against the calibre of teams that we faced was a real test and I was delighted at the way we adapted,” said John McDermott, our Head of Coaching and Player Development.
“We included four Under-15 players in the group due to international call-ups and we were unbeaten in open play, but it was a slight disappointment in the end because I think the boys deserved to get to the final. Atalanta and Tottenham were the best two teams there and it would have been nice to come home with the gold medal rather than bronze.
“Obviously we were in it to win it and to get so close, within six minutes of reaching the final before losing on a penalty shootout, was tough, but that’s tournament football. Atalanta and Juventus were both really good teams, we were at full tilt and although we did fall short by a small margin, the fact that so many individual awards were given out to our players shows that our play drew plaudits.
“Troy Parrot scored 10 goals, plus a penalty in the shootout, so it was a really good start for him in his first tournament with Tottenham.”
Spurs 2-1 Dynamo Kiev (group match one)
Goals: Parrot, Markanday.
Borgaro 1-3 Spurs (group match two)
Goals: Bowden, Parrot (2).
Spurs 3-2 Juventus (group match three)
Goals: Parrot (3).
Atalanta 2-2 Spurs (semi-final, Atalanta win 5-4 on penalties)
Goals: Parrot (2).
Spurs 2-1 Juventus (third place play-off)
Goals: Parrot (2).