Game On International Cup
Engine all revved up to win Game On International Cup
A group of Welsh youngsters are the best of British after winning silverware in a Home Internationals football tournament.
The Engine House team from Merthyr Tydfil won through to the finals held in Northumberland after triumphing in the South Wales qualification competition. They travelled north with the full backing of Wales manager Chris Coleman and former England boss Terry Venables, who was brought up in the Welsh Valleys.
The Game On International Soccer Competition is a Tri-Nations tournament involving teams from England, Scotland and Wales.
The initiative, run by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, is for youngsters aged between 14-19 and each country holds its own qualification process.
The winning teams then went through to represent their respective countries in Home Internationals.
Engine House earned the right to wear the red of their country after emerging triumphant through a fiercely-fought affair in the South Wales area, where they played against a variety of other teams. Games took place over a twelve week period throughout some of South Wales’ most deprived areas and Engine House finished top.
They went through to the finals where they carried on their winning ways, goalkeeper and captain Josh Brogden not even conceding a single goal against England and Scotland. Callum Williams, who scored four goals in the two games, and Daniel Williams, who netted two against England, provided the offensive power which ensured the Game On trophy was coming to Wales.
Other creditable performances came from Corey Evans, Connor John and Matthew Jones.
Coach Leon Williams, himself only 17, smiled “The players worked really hard and it goes to show what can be achieved when you work together as a team.”
The Game On competition is organised with the aim of making a difference to young people in areas where traditional employment has ceased to exist.
Following their triumph, the Welsh players were treated to a visit to watch Sunderland meet Aston Villa in the Premier League… a day they will never forget.