Updated: Aug 29
The Crawley Town Elite Development under 10 side won the Canary Cup at the Nest in Norwich this month, winning on penalties against Brighton and Hove Albion on route to the final.
Ian Cobbett took an under 12 team into the tournament, too, finishing in the middle of their group with five points and an impressive victory over Aston Villa to take home with them.
The tournament was organised by the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation at their home 'The Nest' and included sides from Aston Villa, York City, Norwich and QPR.
Coach Jacob Magnus' winners topped their group with four wins from five before a clash with Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi final.
It was an electric game of football, with excellent all-round performances from a team that played with heart and determination. Branden and Marco delivered some crucial last-ditch tackles at the very last to keep the score nil-nil and take the game to penalties.
Goalkeeper Ethan had some important saves in the games to make but he would be proudest of his penalty save that led to a place in the final - reading the spot-kick well to dive low-right and catch the ball on the line.
The final was won through James' goal against an energetic and committed QPR side; seeing Crawley through to a final win and presentation award in front of parents and tournament teams.
Coach Jacob Magnus said:
"It was incredible day with energy, passion and commitment, our teams were fantastic and represented the club in amazing fashion. We wanted to go to Norwich and have fun playing the way we try to play - confident with the ball and brave. We played great teams and it was a pleasure to be a part of their Foundation’s cup.
Our under-12 squad battled throughout and were unfortunate to not make it into the semi-finals. Every one of our players was immense but a special mention to Branden and James who were defensive rocks in defence! I am immensely proud of what we achieved in Norwich - Little ol’ Crawley creating wonderful memories and doing the club proud! We give thanks to our hosts and we look forward to more fixtures together in the future!
A huge well done goes to all of the players for their positive approach to the game, for consoling their opposition, their support for each other and for playing fair."