‘Fantastic’ night tops off season for youth league footballers

Thursday, 26th May — By Zakaria Taibi

Alpha Football Intelligence - Under-14s Division A champions

Alpha Football Intelligence won the Under-14s Division ‘A’ title

HUNDREDS of skilled young boys and girls filled the artificial football pitches in Market Road on Friday for a silverware celebration to mark the end of the season in the Camden and Islington Youth League.

And it wasn’t just parents who came out to show their support, with Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn also joining in the goal-fest to give out medals and trophies to all the winners and runners-up.

Striker Scarlett Mitchell (above) hit a double as Camden Youth FC’s Under-12s (below) beat Regent’s Park 3-0

The action kicked off with an Under-9s inclusion match which saw London Football School (LFS) take on Camden & Islington Youth Football League (CIYFL).

Goals by Noa Lacey for LFS and Christopher Russell-Moran for CIYFL saw the closely contested game finish 1-1, sending it to penalties. Cade Pereira stepped up for LFS and was the only player to convert from the spot, sending the Tufnell Park-based side into a frenzy of celebrations.

Regent’s Park FC

Elsewhere, Camden Youth FC’s Under-12s had more than one reason to celebrate as they beat rivals Regent’s Park 3-0 to lift the Under-12s Girls Challenge Cup, adding to the league title that they had already won to complete a delightful double.

Striker Scarlett Mitchell capped a player of the match performance by scoring twice, while Lacey Morahan was also on the scoresheet as Camden ended a memorable campaign on a high.

Camden & Islington Youth Football League were runners-up in the Under-9s inclusion match

“I loved scoring the first goal in the final because it took some pressure off,” said Scarlett.

“It was unbelievable winning the double. Getting player of the match was good, too, but I was just excited about winning the cup.”

Essex Road Giants took the trophy in the Under-14s Challenge Cup final after a 2-1 victory over Bloomsbury Football Academy (below) at Market Road

In the Under-14s Challenge Cup final, Essex Road Giants stood tall to fend off Bloomsbury Football Academy in a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals by Lloyd Asamoah and Yusuf Sankoh. Bloomsbury’s Charlie Guppy also managed to find the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough to carry his side to silverware.

London Football School (LFS) won the Under-9s inclusion match on penalties

With just 17 goals conceded in 16 games, Alpha Football Intelligence boasted one of the best defences in the entire league as they won the Under-14s Division “A” title.

Captain and centre-back Rio Thomas was named player of the season by coach Jean-Francois Scarfo, who said: “Rio is a fantastic leader and a great defender.”

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn

As the dust settled on a fantastic evening of football, Arsenal fan Corbyn told the New Journal: “What a fantastic atmosphere it was here. We should take our hats off and thank the volunteers that run the league at Market Road and they do it all for the good of our kids. I really enjoyed it and it’s one of the best evenings of the year.”

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