Cray Wanderers Youth – The U13s Lions at the Easter Open Tournament in Holland – 20-21/4/19
The Cray Wanderers U13s Lions, the Selkent League 13s B Champions had an enjoyable Easter break as they travelled to Holland to take part in the annual Easter Open Tournament which includes sides from all over Europe. Here Steve Redman takes up the tale of a very successful trip and almost came home with the big prize. Well done to all the boys, Steve Owen, Steve Redman for representing Cray Wanderers in such a great and positive way.
Cray Wanderers u13’s, already crowned champions of their Selkent league travelled to Holland to represent the club at one of the largest youth tournaments in Europe. 40 teams for the Cray section of u13’s alone, 400+ across the age groups.
The team have been playing up a year in the Selkent B league and were looking forward to the experience of the Easter Open tournament in Holland, just south of Eindhoven. They were facing an uphill challenge as they were again playing up a year for this tournament. They left Mottingham for the long coach trip in good spirits and with the brilliant weather looking forward to doing Cray Wanderers proud. After over 7hrs of travel, the team arrived at their base for the tournament.
Here are the results and highlights from their trip:
Cray 0-0 Ter Leede (Holland)
Cray 6-0 RKSV (Holland) Goalscorers: Elliott Haywood, Sam Hards, Oliver Perkins, Alfie Sadlier 2, Kaya Mahmutt
Cray 7-2 Skaelskor (Denmark) Goalscorers: Rashard Drysdale 5 (1 pen), Andy Dzontoh & Zuriel Elueme
Cray topped the group at the end of day 1, finishing unbeaten and scoring 13 goals in 3 games of football. The first game against Dutch opponents was high quality with the ball not leaving the carpet like grass surface all game. A very even game with limited chances. It proved an excellent point that ensured Cray Wanderers topped the group on 7 points. In the 2nd match, Cray ran out comfortable winners following Sam Hards long range strike in a 6-0 win. Match 3 saw Cray go 3-0 up early on before the Danish rallied and pulled 2 goals back to only trail by 1 goal. Cray pulled their socks up and ended up comfortable winners and 5 goals in the game from Rashard Drysdale and an amazing solo effort from captain Andy Dzontoh ensured Cray were group winners on the first day following a 7-2 win!.
The 2nd day was also a group format and the 2 group winners would play in the final, with the 2nd places contesting 3rd and 4th playoff places. It was a shame the Cray faced English opposition but another hot day, brilliant pitches and good football ahead.
Cray 1-0 Northampton Town FC (England) Goalscorers: Rashard Drysdale
Cray 4-0 Four Oaks (England) Goalscorers: Elliott Haywood, Alfie Sadlier, Zuriel Elueme, Oliver Perkins
Cray 2-1 Lyngby Boldkulb (Denmark) Goalscorers: Kaya Mahmutt (pen), Rashard Drysdale
At the end of day 2, Cray topped the group again with 3 wins from 3. Great performances from all the team in every match. A very difficult game against Northampton Town FC up first, who had won all their games comfortably the previous day. This was probably the best performance of the weekend, the football exceptional as Cray played 90% of the game in Northampton Town’s half. Cray ended the game victors with the only goal in the game scored by Rashard Drysdale. This was followed up with victories against Four Oaks which saw another amazing solo goal by Oliver Perkins which doesn’t really surprises us any longer as he has done this so many times this season. This was followed by a hard fought win over Danish side Lyngby BoldKlub.
The boys were in the final and they were to face Scottish opponents Lewis United from Aberdeen.
An amazing achievement playing up a year. Unfortunately, it proved 1 step too far as Lewis United ran out 3-0 winners to take the trophy.
Squad: George Poole, Harry Haines, Callum Redman, Andy Dzontoh (Captain), Heath Cole-Goodwin, Kieran Fowler, Oliver Perkins, Joseph McCallum, Elliott Haywood, Ben Cook, Zuriel Elueme, Jack Butcher, Kaya Mahmutt, Sam Hards, Alfie Sadlier, Rashard Drysdale
We are incredibly proud of their achievements on this tour and throughout the season.
Steve Redman and Steve Owen
Kaya Mahmutt crashing home a penalty (video) against Lyngby
2 teams walking out for the final with Champions League music in the background (video)
2 teams line up for the final
Steve Owen leading team talk following final defeat