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Stamford Young Daniels are among the winners at Deeping Rangers' Neil Olson memorial tournament



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Stamford Young Daniels Under 11 Reds won their age group of the Neil Olson memorial tournament at Deeping Rangers over the weekend.

Nearly 600 youngsters attended the popular two-day event which attracted around 60 teams from across the area.

The tournament was sponsored by the Market Deeping-based Oakwood Group and was hailed a huge success thanks to the efforts of the teams, players, referees, sponsors, parents and volunteers.

Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763094)
Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763094)

Stamford's section consisted of two groups containing five teams with the top two from each proceeding to the semi-finals.

The Young Daniels played six matches in total, scoring 10 goals without conceding any.

They topped their group with maximum points to proceed to the semi-finals where they faced Spalding.

Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763089)
Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763089)

The game looked like it was heading for a penalty shoot-out until Stamford were awarded a last-minute penalty, which was slotted home by captain Theo Young.

Moments later Stamford scored again courtesy of an own goal to seal their place in the final.

This saw them face Crowland again, who they had already beaten 1-0 in the group stage.

Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763085)
Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763085)

In a tight game of few chances, both teams cancelled each other out and it ended in a 0-0 draw.

Stamford held their nerve in the penalty shootout, however, to win 3-1, with goalkeeper Harry Armstrong making two fantastic saves.

Head coach Calum Booth said “The boys were unbelievable all day.

Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763083)
Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763083)

"To play six games without conceding any goals and scoring 10 was a fantastic effort.

"They grew in confidence as the tournament went on and thoroughly deserved their win.

"The final was a bit of a nervy affair, especially the penalty shoot-out, but the boys showed great character.

Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763081)
Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763081)

"They also displayed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the day. They did themselves and the club proud.”

Results: Group games - Stamford Reds 2 Park Farm Reds 0 (Scorers: Joseph Collins, Finnley Ives), Stamford Reds 2 Werrington Athletic 0 (Scorers: Archie Booth, Elwood Hilliard), Stamford Reds 3 Deeping Rangers Blues 0 (Scorers: Finnley Ives (2), Harry Benson) Stamford Reds 1 Crowland 0 (Scorer: Harry Benson).

Semi-final: Stamford Reds 2 Spalding 0 (Scorers: Theo Young (pen), own goal); Final - Stamford Reds 0 Crowland 0 (Stamford won 3-1 on penalties).

Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763077)
Stamford Under 11s Reds in action at the Neil Olson memorial tournament staged by Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56763077)
Stamford Young Daniels Under 11 Reds. Back row, left to right, Calum Booth (head coach), Archie Booth, Finnley Ives, Elwood Hilliard, Joseph Collins, Alex Fitzpatrick, Dan Ledger (assistant coach); front, Austin Ledger, Harry Benson, Theo Young, Harry Armstrong, Aman Dinesh. (56753150)
Stamford Young Daniels Under 11 Reds. Back row, left to right, Calum Booth (head coach), Archie Booth, Finnley Ives, Elwood Hilliard, Joseph Collins, Alex Fitzpatrick, Dan Ledger (assistant coach); front, Austin Ledger, Harry Benson, Theo Young, Harry Armstrong, Aman Dinesh. (56753150)


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