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Inverness Street League Select impress in Manchester

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Inverness Street League Select returned home after a fine week competing in Manchester. James Fraser, the clubs medical man heaped praise on the youngsters after their fine performances. The Inverness Street league Select have been taking teams away for 40 years to places such as Denmark, Wales and of course England. This year the ISL took the team away to Manchester, the 16 players coming from clubs including Balloan, Duncan Forbes, Kingsmills and Merkinch.

To cover the cost of going away to this prestigious tournament each player had to raise £750 which was helped along by a lot of hard work and fundraising organised by Kenny Grant, Donald Weir, and Jackie Sutherland. The players took part in bag packing at Tesco and the Co-operative but also did a bingo night, a race night and a sponsored walk to help raise all funds needed. To help make up the money needed the ISLS were again grateful to recieve money from the Common Good Fund which Fraser welcomed greatly.

This year the team were entered into the English International Super Cup in Manchester with 120 teams competing throughout the week from all over the world, all age groups including teams amde up entirely of girls. ISL were placed in the under 14's section with eight teams split into two sections. They first met Abraham Moss Warriors which ended in a solid 1-1 draw. Next up for the youngsters was against St John's Roses in which was another 1-1 draw for ISLS despite leading until the final seconds of the game. Select then faced the experienced TNS narrowly despite TNS dominating the game for long periods. Billage FC were the final opponents which ended in a 9-0 defeat. Despite not winning a game ISLS qualified for the semi final to play Widens Dragons of Wales and the youngsters picked up their first win of the tournament comfortably dispatching them 2-0. ISLS reached the final for the first time in eight years where they would face St Jonh's Roses again. However it ended in heartbreak as St John's lifted the trophy following a 2-0 win in the final.

Fraser would like to congratulate Danni Bruce on winning the Inverness Street League Select player of the tournament, and on behalf of the rest of the coaching staff they would like to thank the Inverness Common Good Fund, Tesco, Asda, The Co-op, Mains of Buckie and Inverness Caledonian Thistle who all helped make this years trip happen.

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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