2017 youth ti­tle win­ners

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Cambridge Foot­ball Club won the Satel­lite Fi­nal at the na­tional youth tour­na­ment in Napier.

Af­ter lead­ing 2-0 at half-time, the U19s had to with­stand a strong fight­back from Tau­ranga City United be­fore Cambridge clinched vic­tory with a 3-2 win. Cambridge, play­ing their first fi­nal at the tour­na­ment in eight years, took the lead through Joshua Clarkin and Ma­son Woodall. Clarkin’s goal, his eighth in as many games in Napier, came from a cor­ner.

Woodall added an­other goal early in the sec­ond half to give Cambridge a 3-0 lead. But Tau­ranga came back and St­ef­fano Ri­ley scored to make it 3-1.Nils Win­is­to­er­fer scored late for Tau­ranga but Cambridge ran down the clock to take the vic­tory. Hav­ing won the Satel­lite Fi­nal in 2006, and been run­ners-up in 2009, Cambridge won the 2017 ti­tle con­ced­ing only three goals in their eight matches.

In the semi-fi­nal, the U-19s beat FC Twenty 11 by 2-0, with goals from Joshua Clarkin and Levi Clark. On Sun­day, Clarkin’s goal helped Cambridge to a 1-0 win in the quar­ter-fi­nals against Hawke’s Bay side Have­lock North. Wins against lo­cal side Taradale, Pa­pakura City and North Shore United, and a draw against Franklin United, earned the Cambridge’s U19s a berth in the sud­den death knock­out stages of the Labour Week­end tour­na­ment. De­spite los­ing their last group game 1-0 to FC Twenty 11, Cambridge pro­gressed to the last eight.

CAMBRIDGE FOOT­BALL CLUB

Cambridge Foot­ball Club won the Satel­lite Fi­nal at the na­tional youth tour­na­ment in Napier.

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