Saints go march­ing in on Euro­pean front

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by JAMES WEST­GATE

WIS­BECH St Mary Un­der 15s were busy ex­tend­ing their dom­i­nance into Europe over Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

Hav­ing won ev­ery game last sea­son on their way to claim­ing the Peter­bor­ough and District Youth League Di­vi­sion One ti­tle and the League Cup, Mark Miller’s su­per Saints trav­elled to Hol­land last Fri­day to play in the Am­s­ter­dam Tour­na­ment.

Even within the camp few ex­pected them to win the com­pe­ti­tion, es­pe­cially once it be­came clear the Cam­bridgeshire lads would be play­ing up an age group against Un­der 16 and Un­der 17 sides from across the con­ti­nent.

But de­spite the odds be­ing so heav­ily stacked against them, Miller’s marvels pro­duced a se­ries of com­mand­ing dis­plays to com­plete the third part of a fairy­tale tre­ble on Sun­day.

Miller said: “The lads worked so hard to get out to Hol­land. rais­ing the £10,000 needed for travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion. So it is great that they made it worth­while.

“We didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect but knew it would be tough when we re­alised we would have to be tak­ing on teams that were two years older than us.

“But these lads are used to hard work and they gave me some tre- men­dous per­for­mances through and take the ti­tle.

“I can­not think of a bet­ter way to fin­ish the sea­son and to com­plete the tre­ble with a Euro­pean tro­phy is just amaz­ing and I’m sure it will be an ex­pe­ri­ence none of us will ever for­get.”

Saints opened their ac­count against Bel­gian side UTS with a Danny Sy­mons goal earn­ing a 1-0 win be­fore strikes for Drew McCul­loch and Shaun Giles saw off Am­s­ter­dam’s RSKV DCG 2-1.

Draws against London side K9 Colts and Dutch side Vrone left Saints top of their group and saw them head into the fi­nal round rob-

to win in on Sun­day as shock favourites to take the ti­tle.

And things got off to a good start when Joseph Danile was on tar­get in a 1-1 draw against Spor­ing Martinus be­fore nab­bing the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win against Vriend­schat.

That left Saints need­ing to beat K9 to take the ti­tle in their fi­nal match and thanks to Liam Lor­raine’s su­perb long-range ef­fort, Miller’s tale had a very happy end­ing.

Miller added: “We are leav­ing the Peter­bor­ough Youth League for some new chal­lenges in the Cam­bridgeshire League next sea­son so it is the end of an era for us.

“There is no way of know­ing what we can ex­pect next sea­son but with this lat­est suc­cess un­der our belts we will go into it all full of con­fi­dence.”

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