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Spireites Under 11s Triumph in Ireland

24 March 2016

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The Spireites U11 academy side were in action abroad over the weekend, competiting in the Mayo Cup in Ireland they managed to overturn Millwall in the final to claim the tournament trophy.

Lead coach Darren Molloy was thrilled with the outcome and pleased with how his young team performed throughout. 

He said: “Overall, the tournaments were brilliant for all involved. The kids played a lot of football across various formats, about five or six hours. 

"We played two different district teams and then Millwall. Ultimately it was a great experience for them to win a competition final against a team like Millwall. We played some fantastic stuff and it’s great for them to able to bring a trophy back. 

“It was good for us to see all the different personalities of the lads and what characters we have in the team, it helps us to understand the players a lot more too. 

"It was great to see the lads support each other through the weekend as we had a couple with sickness or illness. All the boys got round and looked after each other and helped them to get back on their feet quickly and ready to play.

“We faced Millwall in the final of the Mayo Cup and we found ourselves down 1-0 at half time, in a game we thought we were edging. 

""The boys came in at half time and got themselves fired up for the second half and were resilient. They came out and played some remarkable football - about as close to perfect football as you can at that age. Retaining the ball and playing good football, they managed to get two wonderful goals and take home the trophy. 

“Kyrell Wheatley, who scored one of the goals in the final, won the player of the tournament award. Archie White as well as Zhane Landers, who was an under 10 playing up an age group, got honourable mentions from the tournament organisers too, so that’s a massive achievement for them. 

“Overall, it was a very successful trip. A lot of fun was had, parents who came along where very supportive and they knew when to get involved and when not too. We got a lot of positive feedback from spectators and the opposition that we played about how composed our boys were on the ball and the way that we played. 

“Ultimately, we’re hoping to now make this an annual trip for our under 11s and we’re already looking for other tournaments we can go and compete in. Next up for the academy is the Dublin Cup in the summer for the under 9s.

“Finally, I have to give massive credit to all the boys and parents that came along, they all represented the club excellently and it was a very proud moment for me to watch them win the tournament.”

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