Cambridge have completed their programme at the national youth tournament in Napier and will learn from their experiences against top sides from Wellington and Auckland.
Playing in what was arguably the toughest group in the main tournament in Napier, Cambridge’s U-19s return home with a draw and four losses from their participation at the Labour Weekend event.
Cambridge started Day 2 with a thrilling 4-4 draw against Auckland club Fencibles United.
Cambridge U-19s took the early initiative in the match, charging to a 4-2 lead.
Goals came from Mason Woodall – who scored twice from the penalty spot – Callum MacLeod and defender Jack Portegys who headed home from a corner.
However Fencibles finished strongly to snare a point.
In their last match, Cambridge lost 3-1 to Birkenhead United, the youth team from the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup-winning club.
The scorer in that game was Callum MacLeod.
On Day 1 of the tournament (Saturday October 20), Cambridge lost their opening game 3-0 to Petone and then went down fighting in a high-scoring match with last year’s tournament winners Ellerslie.
Against the Aucklanders, Cambridge took a 5th minute lead when MacLeod was brought down in the box and Woodall scored from the penalty spot.
Ellerslie then poured on the pressure and went to a 4-1 lead in the second spell, with goals from Finn Rathbone, Allan McBridge, Fardeen Faheem and Denny Twigg.
Cambridge never gave in and came back with a goal from Portegys.
In their last fixture of the Saturday draw, Cambridge lost 4-0 to Forrest Hill Milford.
Cambridge were co-coached at this year’s tournament by Reds’ head coach Paul Richardson and Bradley Rea who is a first team player and coaches with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.
Last year Cambridge won the satellite tournament at Napier, qualifying them to play in the main competition this year.
Tournament draw & results
Saturday October 20, 2018
Cambridge 0-3 Petone
Cambridge 2-4 Ellerslie
Scorers: Mason Woodall, Jack Portegys
Cambridge 0-4 Forrest Hill Milford
Sunday October 21, 2018
Cambridge 4-4 Fencibles United
Scorers: Mason Woodall (2), Callum MacLeod, Jack Portegys
Cambridge 1-3 Birkenhead United
Scorer: Callum MacLeod
The tournament is at Park Island, Napier (pictured) and the Monday’s final will be played at neighbouring Bluewater Stadium.