Balloan went into day three of the Super Cup in Manchester aiming for big things.
Despite losing all group games the Under 14s still had the chance to play for silverware. They came up against Kosmos FC of USA on Saturday morning. Kyle Neill won an early penalty for the Highland side as Kenneth Fraser sent the keeper the wrong way to go 1-0 up. Balloan soon doubled their advantage when Darren Mota had loads of room 25 yards from goal and curled an excellent effort into the top left hand corner to the delight of his teammates. A close fought second half meant that the first leg of the final finished 2-0 which will be completed tomorrow morning with hopefully a trophy heading up north.
The Under 15s had a semi final of the trophy section to play on Saturday morning. They faced FC Peka of Finland in an exciting affair. The side from Finland took the lead first but Balloan rallied and Liam Rowan broke through on goal and slotted past the helpless keeper. In the second half Balloan opened the flood gates. Cailean Davidson gave Balloan the lead when his header hit the post and rolled in before Liam Mitchell grabbed a quick double to put Balloan 4-1 up. But they weren't finished, Leon Cameron smashed home number five from 12 yards before Brodie Watson got in on the act with a clever header. Lewis Strachan rounded off the goals with a neat finish under the onrushing keeper to seal a comfortable win in the end. They now face Weston of the USA in the trophy final.
Hopefully both sets of squads can maintain the positive results for their final games and go home with two trophies which would be considered a huge success at a competition which possesses such high standard.