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Gunners legend Pires sees youth league hotshots

04 April, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Eastside United were crowned Under-13s Red League champions, winning it by a point

GUNNERS legend Robert Pires is among the proud parents who have shown their support for the Camden and Regent’s Park Football Youth League.

So it was unsurprising to see the Arsenal “invincible” watching all the action unfold at the weekend as the curtain came down on another scintillating season.

Among the triumphant teams that Pires got to meet was Highgate Rangers, who beat The Hill to get their hands on the Under-8s League Cup. Hotshot Charles Neuez scored twice – one a spectacular goal that saw him spin 360 degrees before finding the back of the net – while Noah Conway was also on target as Rangers ran out 3-0 winners. It was a tremendous team effort from Rangers, with goalkeeper Enzo Fiorentino making a string of good saves.

Under-8s League Cup runners-up The Hill lost out to Highgate Rangers

One of the most successful clubs on the final Saturday of silverware was London Soccer Stars (LSS). A late equaliser from Jake Stevens saw their Under-12s draw 1-1 against Muswell Hill Santos, securing the point they needed to be crowned champions of their nine-a-side league.

LSS Under-11s after winning their League Cup final

It completed a mighty double for the LSS side, who won the Under-12s nine-a-side League Cup the weekend before with a thrilling 6-3 victory against Canada Blanch. Noah Stander grabbed two goals and two assists, while team-mate Francesco Tagliavini bagged a brace. Luca Lawrence and Finian Anthony were also both on target.

Eagles United Under-12s celebrate winning the ‘B1’ league

The LSS Under-11s were also celebrating after winning their League Cup final against Daryl’s Dragons 1-0, thanks to a neat finish from Anthony Obinkwo, who expertly added the finishing touches to Luke Ashton’s cross.

Camden Elite Under-12s celebrate winning the ‘A1’ league

St John’s Wood put in a five-star performance in their Under-13s Red Cup final against Camden Town Youth. Vladimir Paternoster scored twice to add to the hat-trick he scored in the semi-finals, while Gregory Asemokhai, Michael Gough and Paddy Challis were also all on the scoresheet as St John’s Wood wrapped up a 5-1 victory.

Highgate Rangers won the Under-8s League Cup

There were also three cheers for Brent School, who netted a treble in the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League’s girls’ division. They ended an unstoppable season as league champions, League Cup winners and also won a special day-long knockout tournament.

North West Academy Under-12s won the ‘B2’ championship

A number of top sides also turned out to collect their league titles.

St John’s Wood celebrate after winning their Under-13s Red Cup final

In the Under-12s nine-a-side age category, Camden Elite won the “A1” league, Eagles United won the “B1” title and North West Academy won the “B2” championship.

London Soccer Stars Under-12s celebrate doing the double

Meanwhile, Eastside United were crowned Under-13s Red League champions.

Treble winners Brent School (front row) and Queen’s Park Sharks are part of the youth league’s expanding girls’ division

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires with Sami Short of Highgate Rangers  

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