Yesterday saw the prestigious annual Gothia Cup tournament kick off in Gothenburg, Sweden. The largest youth tournament in world football, it features a staggering 1600 sides from over 80 nations around the globe. This year saw Scotland represented by five sides, at different age groups.
Tynecastle FC kicked off their cup journey with a pleasing day for all age groups, as the Under 13s and Under 14s both achieved a 1-0 win against French side FC Franconville PB and Swedish outfit GAIS respectively. Whilst the Under 15s achieved a respectable draw against Norwegian opposition in Lorsenkog IF.
Currie Star FC received a mixed bag of results, as their Under 14s first team edged a 1-0 victory against Swedish club Alta IF, whereas the second team narrowly lost 2-0 to FC Jarfalla of Sweden. The under 13s both had a day to forget, as the first team were beaten convincingly by local side IFK Stocksand 8-0, and the second team lost by the same margin to Jordanian opposition in Jordan Knights FA.
Unfortunately it was a less successful opener for Boroughmuir Thistle FC's girl sides, as the Under 14s sunk to a close 1-0 loss against Karra KIF of Sweden. Also, the Under 13s suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Swedish opponents BK Hacken. Sadly it was a similar story for the 12s first and second teams, as they lost 6-1 to Sjomarkens IF and 5-0 to Savedalens IF respectively, both from Sweden. Linlithgow Rose CFC 15s girls suffered the same unfortunate fate, losing 3-0 to Swedish outfit Spjutstorps IF.
However Hazlehead Academy were able to finish the day on a high note, as they cruised to an excellent 4-0 trashing of Swedes, IFK Osteraker, to round up the day's results.
All the best to the Scottish sides competing in the Gothia Cup for the rest of the tournament!