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TT win race for silverware as final goes to penalties

Spot-kick victory is among highlights of a big night at Market Road as gripping season in the Camden and Islington Youth League comes to end

23 May, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

TT Sapo Verde celebrate winning the Under-13s Henry Hicks Challenge Cup – and doing a league and cup double – after beating Camden Elite on penalties

FOOTBALLERS from TT Sapo Verde and Camden Elite played out a cup final thriller on Friday to bring a fitting end to another gripping season in the Camden and Islington Youth League.

The action at the artificial pitches in Market Road came to a close with the Under-13s Henry Hicks Challenge Cup.

Elite star Kitan Akindele lit up the showpiece match with two fantastic individual goals as he danced through the TT defence before finding the back of the net. On both occasions, however, Sapo Verde showed the kind of fighting spirit that had already seen them win the league title by twice battling back to level the scores, courtesy of strikes from Kian Morgan-Sullman and Nathan Jobbins.

Primrose Hill Soccer Academy Under-9s beat City of London (below) 3-0 to clinch the Alan Michael Browne Challenge Cup on the big finals night

In the end the game finished 2-2, meaning the tie would have to be settled by penalties. Elite had every reason to be confident having already seen their goalkeeper, Taylor Stimpson, save a spot-kick in the first half. But it was Sapo Verde who were celebrating after Bairoh Bundu and man-of-the-match Daniel Flynn both successfully converted their penalties to seal a 2-0 win. Sapo shot-stopper Ridon Trnava also played his part with some crucial saves.

Total Football Academy Islington Under-12s stay positive, despite losing their cup final at Market Road

Once again the world of politics and youth football collided as league organisers welcomed Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, and Caledonian ward councillor Paul Convery to present players with their trophies and medals.

Camden Youth Girls – pictured with Councillor Paul Convery and Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer – celebrate winning the Under-11s Challenge Cup

Among the teams they celebrated with were Primrose Hill Soccer Academy, who, led by their star player Patrick Devlin, won the Under-9s Alan Michael Browne Challenge Cup. Daniel Wax, Jack Agnese and Gabriel Cajfinger scored the goals as the side from NW3 beat City of London 3-0.

Soccerscool won the Under-12s Liboria Resveglia Challenge Cup after beating Total Football Academy Islington

Camden Youth Girls were also celebrating after beating Mindset Girls 2-0 thanks to strikes from Courtney Dillon and Tilly Talbot to win the Under-11s Challenge Cup. Camden’s Aya El Bergui was singled out for praise as she walked off with the Player of the Match award.

Camden Elite Under-13s

Meanwhile, hat-trick hero Matteo Razzu led Soccerscool to glory in the Under-12s Liboria Resveglia Challenge Cup. Captain Johnny Brindle and man-of-the-match Giovanni Caselli were also both on target as Soccerscool ran out 5-1 winners against Total Football Academy (TFA) Islington. Nathan Barimah scored a consolation for TFA.

After being presented with their trophies the Soccerscool players drowned themselves in non-alcoholic champagne.

“It was such a great experience,” beamed their skipper Brindle.

“All of our hard work has really paid off.”

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