Bristol Inner City Advanced Development Centre U10s came home from the C4F Concept Cup tournament victorious after a thrilling 2-1 final victory against Millwall FC Academy in East London on Saturday.
Five age groups from BICADC were invited by the hosts to make the long Journey to Bromley on Saturday for the popular annual youth competition to take on some of the best teams in London including Millwall and Charlton Athletic. Their two Under 11 teams were beaten semi-finalists and finalists respectively with both losing out narrowly to strong Millwall FC Academy teams.
They also took great credit from the performances of their Under 8 and Under 9 teams who acquitted themselves very well against strong competition in the group stages.
The Under 10s day didn’t begin as they would have liked losing 3-0 and 1-0 to strong Millwall sides but four successive wins and sixteen goals in their remaining four group games saw them take top spot and a place in the semi-finals.
This again saw BICADC meet one of the Millwall teams in a fantastic semi-final game where they made amends for the earlier loss with a 1-0 victory to put them into the final.
The final was played against the second Millwall team and proved to be a close game. BICADC took the lead early on with a fantastic team goal but were pegged back by an equaliser to provide a thrilling finale. They dug deep to find enough energy to break quickly and score the winning goal with just a few minutes remaining.
They were calm under pressure and held possession well during the final few moments of the game to ensure that they finished the gruelling tournament as winners. They were greeted with a rapturous reception at the final whistle from their families who had supported them fantastically all day.
Under 10s Coach, Matt Curry, paid tribute to the players and their achievement in the tournament. “I was extremely pleased and proud of their performances throughout the day where they demonstrated the ethos of our development centre at all times. They played their football the right way through possession and technical ability but also showed great determination, strength and maturity in some very tough games”.
BICADC Head of Development Patrick Williams added “This shows how far the centre has come in the last year! We have started to compete on an academy level while still maintaining our playing ethos and beliefs, and at present this has been achieved by training only once a week to the surprise of Millwall head coaches.”
We have also made plans for a quarterly foreign exchange to challenge our players even further but more importantly we are making a really impression against academy opposition with recent victories over Swindon and Exeter as well in preseason. “The boys had me beaming from head to toe with there performances on the day and should be really proud off their what they have achieved”
If you are interested in trialing at BIC please contact us. All age groups are welcome from U7-U16.