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Lerwick Spurs win Barcelona youth tournament

Lerwick Spurs are the Barcelona Easter Tournament winners. Photo: www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk

THE LERWICK Spurs under 18s football team is celebrating after winning a youth tournament in Barcelona.

The team beat Algeria’s Milan Algerie 3-0 in the final on Sunday to win their age group competition at this year’s Costa Daurada Cup (Barcelona Easter Tournament).

Spurs lost to Spanish team Cambrils in their first match 2-1 – although a problem with the bus meant they had only a few minutes to warm up – before they went on to beat Milan Algerie 5-0 in their second group game.

Their third group game against London’s ASE was called off due to high winds.

Manager Grant Wood said it was a “great experience” for both the players and the coaches.

“We have been together as coach and team for the past three and a half years, so traveling to Barcelona was a walk in the park,” he said.

“We all appreciated that we were primarily there to play our football against European opposition, in Spain – at times you had to pinch yourself when you were standing in the dugout in these mini stadiums playing with Lerwick Spurs.”

Wood added that the team has already been invited to two more competitions off the back of their stint in Barcelona.

“It’s something that we will certainly carry on,” he said.

“We travelled south as a group of boys and have come back a group of young men!

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors, parents and two fellow coaches Davie Watt and Joe Goodlad who made sure this all happened without a hitch.

“A special mention to Julie Grant who orchestrated the whole thing – without her knowledge of trips and contacts this would never have happened.”

Lerwick Spurs was the most northerly team to have competed in the youth tournament, with Highlanders Ross County previously holding that title.