The Independent London Newspaper
25th March 2019

Dear Santa, Sapo Verde need a new big trophy cabinet

    Sapo Verde FC

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    PLAYERS from Sapo Verde FC will be hoping that Santa brings them a new trophy cabinet this Christmas so that they can show off the glistening Camden and Islington Youth Football League Development Cup that they won on Saturday. 

    The triumphant side saw off competition from 22 other top clubs to be crowned the Under-11s cup kings at the artificial football pitches at Market Road in Islington. 

    They won all eight of their games to land the much sought-after silverware, conceding just one goal along the way. 

    After beating Regent’s Park 4-0 in the semi-finals, the Sapo Verde strike-force were back among the goals in the final as they beat Camden Town Youth and East Finchley 3-0 thanks to goals from their very own three kings, Rory Walter, Jamal Mohammed and Nathan Jobbins. 

    Sapo Verde’s Under-11s winners’ trophy can now be placed alongside the runners-up medals that their Under-8s side won recently after they were beaten on penalties by Fusion in the final of their Development Cup. 

    Delighted manager Sean McCarthy said: “The boys played some great football, and showed just how tournament football should be played. 

    “They were strong at the back, which gave our attacking players the confidence to go forward and express themselves freely. 

    “It was a tremendous team effort from start to finish. It was fantastic.” 

    The highlight of the tournament was a special raffle to raise funds for a young player who plays in the Under-11s age group, Tony Clark, who has been diagnosed with one of the world’s rarest forms of leukaemia. His dad Anthony turned up to watch the action unfold, and present the players with their medals. 

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