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The Balloan Blog: Live from the Manchester Super Cup - Final Day

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Cup final day is probably the most anticipated day on the footballing calendar and at youth level it is no different. Both Balloan sides had their trophy Final on Sunday morning in a bid to bring the trophy back up to Inverness. Last season both sides were defeated in the final so will be looking to improve on that this time round.
The Under 14 s were up first as they played their second leg against Kosmos of New York. They had a two goal advantage going into this final but it was still all to play for. ten minutes in Darren Mota played a dangerous ball across the box for Declan Bray however a Kosmos player unfortunately turned it into his own net to give the Highland side a 1-0 lead in this leg. Not long after Mota was involved again. Callum Maclean found Mota out wide who flicked the ball in side to Bray who lobbed the onrushing keeper to the delight of the players and coaching staff alike. The rest of the game was very tight but Kosmos did pull a goal back with ten minutes to go. But it was too little to late, Balloan ran out eventual winners and managed to win the trophy final. A huge achievement in their first major tournament together.
Balloan Under 15s faced tougher opposition in Weston FC. The first half was a very tight affair with very few chances due to both defenses being set up very well and limiting the attackers to any time on the ball. Balloan broke the deadlock midway through the second period. A corner was floated into the box to which Neil Davidson and the keeper both got to the ball. The keeper held on but was adjudged to have crossed the line and Balloan had a one goal advantage. However Weston rallied and scored two goals in quick succession to gain the lead and hold out to finish as winners to the heartbreak of Balloan 15s.
Balloan had a very good tournament all round and behaved superbly during the five days and players played some fabulous football at times over the four days.
Back at the hotel the players voted for heir players of the tournament and both captains won. Cal White and Liam Smith picked up the awards
The squad will spend the last night bowling (hopefully) before the long journey home tomorrow. And the planning for another trip next summer will begin too.

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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