Cambridge’s 11th-grade Clarets shared the honours in a thrilling 4-4 draw with visiting Tahitian club side AS Venus.
The Clarets were playing their first international game against the touring side, Tahiti’s top junior football team.
The Clarets started brightly with a through ball from Aidan Smith sending Theo Anthony on a sprint towards goal and past two defenders before slotting home the opening goal.
ASV quickly fought back and scored two goals from set play with the opposition showing good technical ability.
The Claret’s Rhiley Whititora showed off his own close control skills in the box and netted the equaliser but ASV added a further goal to give them a 3-2 lead at the break.
ASV started the second half strongly with Cambridge goalkeeper Ethan Bailey making some good saves before the visitors extended their lead again to 4-2
The Clarets had to dig deep and Cruz Crafts dribbled towards goal only to be fouled in the box, Olly Taylor stood up and netted the penalty.
With full time nearly up Fin Smith ran on to a through ball from defence and hammered the equaliser home and the crowd went wild.
This was a well-fought game with great performances from both sets of players.
AS Venus finished the day with their very own Tahitian haka in the senior clubrooms at John Kerkhof Park.
After the clubroom celebrations, the Clarets became mascots and ballboys for the Reds’ Northern League match against Te Atatu, drawn 3-3.
Our 11th-grade Clarets played with the support of club sponsor RICOH.