U14s lead the way as the Whites tri­umph

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

DEN­HAM United U14s dom­i­nated their age group at the Tile­hurst Tour­na­ment last week­end – with both the club’s teams reach­ing the fi­nal, writes Lisa Par­rett.

The Whites and the Blues both knocked out teams from AFC Wim­ble­don in the semis to set up an all-Den­ham fi­nal, which the Whites won in the end.

But with the two teams play­ing a com­bined 17 games, los­ing one and con­ced­ing just three goals be­tween them, both were in win­ning form.

The U11s came close to land­ing an­other win for Den­ham, but lost out in the last few min­utes of their fi­nal against Mar­low Girls Blue, go­ing down 2-1. Grace Don­aghey was player of the tour­na­ment for them.

The U15 Pu­mas also reached their age group fi­nal where they also suf­fered a nar­row de­feat, go­ing down 1-0 to AFC Wim­ble­don.

This hav­ing knocked out their club-mates, Den­ham’s U15s Wild­cats side on pe­natlies in the semis. Be­tween them, the two Den­ham sides only lost two out of 16 games and scored a mas­sive 41 goals. The U13s also gave a good ac­count of them­selves, los­ing just two of their seven matches, and were only de­nied a semi-fi­nal spot on goal dif­fer­ence.

All of which fol­lowed Den­ham’s own re­cent sum­mer tour­na­ment, at­tended by some 160 teams over three days. The ju­nior sec­tion saw some fan­tas­tic per­for­mances across all the Den­ham teams, from U9s through to U16s, with the U15s win­ning their fi­nal against Kinja be­fore play­ing up an age in the U16s com­pe­ti­tion, where they just missed out on a place in the fi­nal.

The U14s nar­rowly lost to QPR in the semis, while the U9s showed how much they are de­vel­op­ing with some lovely foot­ball, and the U11s, U12s and U13s also put in great team per­for­mances.

In the se­nior sec­tion, one of the Den­ham teams got through to the semis but lost out in a heart­break­ing sud­den-death penalty shoot-out.

Mean­while, the club are host­ing four weeks of open train­ing ses­sions for girls in all age groups, which will run un­til the last week of June at The Den in Ox­ford Road, New Den­ham.

U10s to U13s (years 5-8) are 6-8pm on Mon­days, while U15 and U16s are 6-8pm on Tues­days.

Just show up on the day to reg­is­ter, or con­tact dulfc@live.co.uk.

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