Boro under-13s seal success in Spain

Boro's under-13s lift the silverware in Spain
Boro's under-13s lift the silverware in Spain

Scarborough Athletic under-13s are the champions of Europe after an outstanding string of displays in the CopaCosta Brava.

The Boro youngsters came out on top after two gruelling days of football in the Spanish-based event, which was held over the Easter weekend.

They kicked off their group stage with a 14-0 win against Danish side Grindstead GIF.

Luke Rees and Max McNiven led the way with five goals,each, while Brandon Cooper hit three and Jay Halton wrapped up the scoring.

Rees then struck three more in the second group game as they beat a technically good Italian side Forza Corraggio 3-0.

In the final game, Rees hit two more as they beat another Italian side, UDS Valbrenta, 2-0 and that result was enough to push Boro into the quarter-finals.

At that stage they met SC Bron Terrallion, with hat-tricks from Rees and McNiven and strikes from Oliver Pulford and Cooper guiding them to an 8-0 win.

Rees hit four more in the semi-final, with Oliver Jordan and McNiven adding the others to give Boro a 6-0 win against Danish side Aahuis.

Athletic once again came up against Forza Corraggio in the final and fell behind early on.

McNiven levelled up before the break, then a Jordan penalty and a Cooper finish handed Boro the silverware.

Coach Sean Leighton said: “Every single one of our players stood out over the two days.

“To concede one goal in an entire tournament is a great achievement.

“They were all so well behaved as well, the team was a credit to the town of Scarborough.”