U18s Go Close In Denmark

By SFC Media Sun 05 Aug FDSC

Saints finished fourth overall in the GF Cup despite narrowly missing out on reaching the Final.

After recording two wins from their opening games against HB Koge and Red Bull Leipzig, Jason Dodd’s side were in a healthy position going into the third group game against Lyngby, knowing that a draw would be enough to take them into the last two.

However, a 4-3 defeat where Saints valiantly attempted to come back from 4-0 down, put paid to their chances of landing the overall prize.

Dodd described the first half as a ‘horror-show’ but was buoyed by the second 45 fightback where Ryan Seager, Jordan Turnbull, and latterly, Dominic Gape with a stunning long range strike gave Saints a sniff of a draw, but although chances came their way it was unfortunately to no avail.

Saints U18s vs Lyngby: Johns, Leggett, Mugabi, Turnbull, Targett (Wood 60), Flanningan, Gape, Ariyibi (Reed 60), Rowe (Chappe 60), Sinclair, Gallagher (Seager 46).

Friday’s scoreline resulted in a third and fourth place play-off with South African side - Bidvest Wits as Saints played on until the Saturday of their week-long stay in Scandinavia.

A slow start to the game cost Saints though who found themselves a goal down after 10 minutes when a throw-in wasn’t dealt with and the South Africans pounced.

Dodd’s team responded swiftly however, and levelled through Boly Ariyibi whose well struck shot just crept in as the ‘keeper failed to deal with the shot from outside of the area.

The goal buoyed Ariybi as he turned provider for Josh Simms to get a shot in on goal only for the latter’s effort to rebound out kindly into the path of Omar Rowe who finished from close range to turn the game on its head.

Bidvest equalised before the break, but in the second half Saints were given a chance to win it when Ariyibi won a penalty. However, Rowe missed from the spot as the game finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Saints went on to lose in a penalty shoot-out as they took fourth place overall in the competition.

Saints vs Bidvest: Britt, Clinton, McCarthy, Mugabi, Wood (Turnbull 46), Reed (Gape 46), Flannigan (Leggett 60), Ariyibi, Rowe (Sinclair 60), Simms (Chappe 60), Seager (Gallagher46).

“It was a fantastic experience for the boys,” Dodd explained to saintsfc.co.uk

“We’ve spent an invaluable amount of time together as a group, and it’s been a hard-working but also enjoyable week.

“We earned two fantastic results and although we slipped up on Friday, the second half of that game was probably the best we played with many spectators believing that we were good enough to have been in the final.”

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