Saints go marching in on European front
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.”