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Goals galore as youth league season ends in silverware

18 May, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Cup kings Camden Elite, who beat Pro Touch 3-2 to win the Under-12s Cup. ALL PHOTOS: SHAFI RAHMAN FROM PLATINUM SIX

THERE was silverware and medals galore on Saturday as scores of children from across Camden and Islington helped bring the curtain down on an electrifying season of youth football at Coram’s Fields.

The final day of action in the Camden Youth League had a little bit of everything, from 11-goal thrillers to tactical, hard fought 1-0 wins.

The most exciting match of the day was surely the Under-12s Development Cup final between Bloomsbury Football Academy and Pro Touch SA.

Pro Touch Under-8s, who beat Muswell Hill in an 11-goal thriller 

After finishing one-all in normal time, and with neither side able to find a winner during extra time, it was left to the luck of penalties to settle the showdown.

The epic conclusion even saw the goalkeepers from both teams have to take a spot kick before Bloomsbury finally wrapped up an 8-7 win.

Bloomsbury were one of the most successful clubs on the day, with their Under-11s making it a cup double when they beat Camden Elite to win the enthusiastically titled Trophy Cup.

Bloomsbury FA’s Under-11s cup winners, who beat Camden Elite 3-1

Raphy Chester struck twice, while Oliver Murdoch was also on target as Bloomsbury ran out 3-1 winners.

Camden Elite still had cause to celebrate, however, as they beat Pro Touch 3-2 to win the Under-12s Trophy Cup.

Pro Touch seemed to be involved in all of the high-scoring games on the day, one of which ended in their favour as their Under-8s beat Muswell Hill 6-5 to capture the Development Trophy Cup.

Camden mayor, Cllr Richard Cotton, presents an award to one of the young referees, Dean Bouho  

There was double delight for FC Jean Te Le, with both their Under-8s and Under-11s winning silverware. Under-9s players from FC Soma and Totally Goal FC were also celebrating after winning their respective cup competitions.

A day of tremendous team play and trophies is always the best way to wrap up a season, but Camden Youth League co-ordinator Zahid Hossain revealed that the action isn’t over just yet.

Players from Pro Touch, in red, and Bloomsbury FA starred in a penalty shoot-out that produced 15 goals

“We still have an Under-10s cup final this Saturday between West Hampstead and European Football Academy, and then on June 2 we have 16 teams signed up to take part in an Under-7s tournament.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s success, Zahid added: “It was a very exciting day packed with thrilling football.

“The standard was excellent, and there was plenty of thrills and spills to keep the parents pitch side entertained too.

“I want to thank all the young people who helped make the day such a tremendous success.”

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