Young Whites lift Southampton FC Cup
UPDATE: Salisbury FC Under 14s beat Kelowna United of Canada 3-0 in the final to lift the Southampton FC Cup. The goals were scored by Owen Davis, Stuart Cross and Jaden Medcraff.
The Ray Mac Saturday plays host to the finals of this prestigious week long tournament Southampton FC tomorrow (Saturday) morning
With teams from as far afield as Brazil, Kenya and Canada as well as some of the biggest names in European football taking part it has been a real feast of football that concludes here Saturday morning at the Ray Mac.
In the Under 14 Premier Final Salisbury FC's own 14's overcome a Southampton development side and Andover Town to set up a semi-final with local rivals Sholing FC. A wind effected game of two halves saw Sholing go in 2 v 0 up at half time. With the wind now behind the whites they pulled it back to 2 v 2 with goals from Jaden Medcraff and Kallum Weir. Then to the relief of every parent, player and coach of the Whites, at the death substitute Reece McSorley grabbed a dramatic winner that sent half the crowd ecstatic.
The Whites opponents in this international cup final is Kelowna United from the west coast of Canada. The Canadian's started their tournament off last Sunday with a tight 1 v 0 victory over Salisbury. So the Whites will be looking even up the record come 9:30am tomorrow. Like the Whites, Kelowna progressed with victories over Southampton and Andover, before easing through a semi-final 2 nil over Saints kicks, another Southampton development team.
In the 2nd final of the day in the academy under 14 tournament it is two giant names in European football that will grace the Ray Mac.
Real Club Deportivo La Coruna take on FC Porto. Deportivo overcome a strong Uniao side from Brazil 2 v 0 to reach the final, whilst Deportivo beat Chelsea 1 v 0 in a tight affair to book their slot in the final.
Whites U14 skipper Alfie Hawke will realise a lifelong dream Saturday when he leads his boys out at the Ray Mac. Like most of the Salisbury side they have been with the club since a very young age. Alfie and Stuart Cross, for sure have been here since 6 years old with others not far behind that.
I think all that can make it to the Ray Mac to support the lads will see two hour long matches that will mean a lot to all the players. I am certain of one thing, there will be 64 players that will make a memory they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Gates open at 9am
Premier Cup Final K.O 9:30am
Academy Cup final K.O 11:00am
Entry is free to all adults and children.
Hot and cold refreshments are available.
Whites squad: Cameron Thatcher, Aiden Hall, Tom Brooker, Stu Cross, Jay Newman, Zaakir Mirza, Reece McSorley, Kallum Weir, Archie Barnard, Thom Feest, Owen Davis, Sam Butt, Jaden Medcraff, Will Waterston, David Skeates, Alfie Hawke ©