Five Cambridge junior teams did the club proud with their performances at this weekend’s knockout finals at Hamilton’s Glenview Park.
Two of the teams won their finals and two others lost their finals by a single goal.
The 9th-grade boys final between Cambridge Victory (main photo) and Northern United Brazil was a nail-biter, finishing 0-0 after ordinary time.
Neither side was able to find a goal in extra time and the game was decided with the 9th and 10th penalties.
Toby Malligan saved the 9th penalty for Cambridge and then Mylo Maloney slotted the 10th penalty for a 2-1 win to Victory and their first ever win over a really good side.
The 10th grade boys final between Cambridge Valencia and Northern United Barcelona ended with a final result 9 to 0 to Barcelona.
The Valencia boys deserved to make the final and never gave up but didn’t quite have the cohesiveness that the Barcelona team have developed after a few more years together.
The boys’ 11th grade final saw Cambridge Barcelona go down 3-2 to Northern United Juventus for a rare loss over the last two seasons.
The Barcelona team are playing up a grade this year and it has been a good season for our two top teams in the 11th grade, with Barcelona finishing 1st and the Clarets 2nd in the championship round.
Barcelona were down to a very early goal in the final, and fought back well from eventually being 3-0 down to get back to 3-2 but ran out of time to find an equaliser in normal time.
The Daredevils led most of the game going up 2-0 thanks to goals from Luke Philip and Andrew Morkel before the Falcons scored late in normal time to set up a nervous last few minutes for the coach and supporters. Final result 2-1 to Daredevils.
In the girls U-10 final, the Cambridge Ferns went down to a solitary goal to Northern United Firebirds.
The Ferns have had a great season. One of the three more favoured teams for Cambridge ended up with a win and probably the two losses were slight upsets against us.
On the other hand, we had a win where we weren’t the favourite. It’s usually anyone’s guess on finals day and so it proved today.
Again, congratulations to all five teams for representing our club so well today. A highlight was how good sporting our players were in both victory and defeat.