Dou­ble de­light for the hosts Deep­ing

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DEEP­ING Rangers made home ad­van­tage count by end­ing their five-year tro­phy drought at the Neil Ol­son Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment.

Rangers won both the Un­der 10 and the Un­der 11 age groups to end a mis­er­able run of form at their own event which was held over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

And it wasn’t just Deep­ing who en­joyed the two-day tour­na­ment, which was a huge suc­cess with al­most 60 teams and more than 450 young foot­ballers from across the area all tak­ing part.

Stu­art Ben­son of Deep­ing Rangers said: “We have done it for the last 15 years and even though the weather was not great this year, it was still a big suc­cess. And of course we were de­lighted to have won a cou­ple of age groups this year too.

“For the past few years the best Deep­ing sides have man­aged is the semi-fi­nals but to win the Un­der 10 and Un­der 11 age groups this year was a ter­rific per­for­mance from both teams.

“I would also like to con­grat­u­late Feeder Soc­cer who won the un­der 9s group, but ev­ery team that took part helped make it such a good oc­ca­sion.

“There was some re­ally good foot­ball played in all the age­groups and the Un­der 7s and un­der 8s had a good time and gained some valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence with their games.

“We have had some won­der­ful feed­back from vis­it­ing man­agers and look for­ward to run­ning the

james.west­ event again next year.”

Af­ter top­ping their group, Feeder stormed into the final by beat­ing Wer­ring­ton 3-0 be­fore see­ing off Spald­ing by the same score­line with goals fom Jonah Jay (2) and Ol­lie Ser­combe to claim the un­der 9 ti­tle.

Things were a bit tighter for Deep­ing Blue in the Un­der 10s, how­ever. Af­ter scrap­ping their way to the top of Group Two, Stu­art Ben­son’s boys beat Black­stones 1-0 in the semi-fi­nals thanks to a Con­nor Bell strike to set-up a final clash against Gun­thorpe.

And the Group Two run­ners-up put up a real fight, tak­ing the final all the way to penal­ties. And while Tomi Ogun­y­oye and Tom Game were both on tar­get from the spot, suc­cess­ful strikes from Ryan Ol­brom­ski, Ethan Rus­sell and Harry Tidswell saw Deep­ing claim the ti­tle 3-2.

Things were a lit­tle more straight­for­ward for Deep­ing in the Un­der 11s where Jamie Roe’s goal saw them past Hamp­ton Blue 1-0 while in the other semi-final a Jack Wil­son goal sealed a 1-0 win for Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star against Glin­ton Red. And in the final Roe was on tar­get against for Rangers who took the hon­ours with an­other 1-0 vic­tory.

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