Day of drama in youth league cup finals and title-deciding matches
Thrilling day of action for Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League teams
31 March, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Kentish Town Under-11s, who beat Camden Elite in a penalty shoot-out to win the cup
THERE were gobsmacking goals, penalty saves, last-gasp winners and plenty of tremendous team effort on Saturday as the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League hosted a thrilling day of cup finals and title deciders.
Under 18s League Champions: STF Giants, who are based in Somers Town
Among the sides celebrating was newly-crowned invincibles West End, who won nine games out of nine on their way to lifting the Under-13s ‘B’ Division title.
The Hill Under-11s cup winners
The mighty blue and yellows showed the form of true champs as they came from a goal down to beat Queen’s Park Sharks 4-1 in their final game of the season, thanks to two goals from Jamie Isaacs and strikes from Shay Blackwood and Danny Brown.
West End FC Under-13s who won all of their league games
There was double delight for West End with their Under-9s beating Totally Goal 1-0 to win their League Cup. Marlon Schmitt scored the only goal of the game to spark wild scenes of celebration in one of three Under-9s cup finals on the day.
The triumphant Kentish Town Under-13s squad
Hampstead came from behind to beat Kentish Town Football Academy 2-1 in the Under-9s League Cup final. Defender Eugenio Coppola equalised for Hampstead before birthday boy Leon Valmont capped a special weekend by hitting the winner.
Honest Sausage Under-13s were runners-up in the League Cup
The third Under-9s League Cup final saw striker Naim Ellimouni score twice to lead Soccerskills Academy to a 2-1 victory over Atlantic Allstars.
Hampstead Under-9s who also ran out winners
Kilburn-based Soccerskills were among the clubs that scooped a double on the day after their Under-11s side beat Camden Town Youth to capture the League Cup. Hotshot Miloud Benyoucef scored the winner, proving that lightning really can strike twice as he also proved the difference last season when he scored the winner in the Under-10s League Cup final.
Soccerskills were winners of the Under-11s cup
The second of three Under-11s League Cup finals saw The Hill beat Totally Goal. Striker Raphy Chester finished off Taishi Liu’s well-weighted pass to score the game’s only goal.
Soccerskills Under-9s cup winners
Arguably, the most successful team in the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League this season has been Kentish Town Football Academy.
Plot 10, who stretched their unbeaten run to 23 games when they won the Under-10s cup
And on Saturday, shot-stopper Jakeem St Louis Mitchell was among Town’s heroes as they beat Camden Elite on penalties in their Under-11s cup final.
After the game had finished goalless, the talented goalkeeper showed cat-like reflexes as he saved two penalties to lead his team to a memorable victory.
West End Under-9s cup winners
Kentish Town’s success on the day didn’t stop there, with wingers Rron Mujka and Callum Currie both scoring two goals each as Town beat Honest Sausage FC 4-1 in the Under-13s League Cup final.
Birthday boy Leon Valmont who hit Hampstead Under-9s’ winner
Youngsters from Plot 10 also added their names to the honours list after beating Canada Blanch 1-0 in the Under-10s cup final. Cody Duggan scored for the Somers Town-based side.
Naim Ellimouni, who scored twice for Soccerskills Under-9s. Right: Kentish Town Football Academy’s Jakeem St Louis Mitchell was a hero shot-stopper in the Under-11s cup final
Meanwhile, the biggest winners on the day – quite literally – were STF Giants, who collected their prize after being crowned Under-18s champions.