TFA Enjoy Success Against Professional Academies in Oakham

A select group of Under-11s from our Limerick and Kerry based academies returned home from England on Friday night, after finishing in a very respectable third place at the Oakham Foundation Phase tournament in Rutland.

Thirteen players and their parents flew from Shannon to London Stansted early last Monday morning, before travelling by bus to the countryside town of Oakham, located approximately 40 minutes from Leicester City.

Having settled into their new surroundings at Oakham School, the squad participated in a training session after lunch to prepare for three days of tournament football from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive.

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The first round of tournament fixtures kicked-off on Tuesday afternoon, with TFA winning all three of their matches against Rotherham United (2-0), Doncaster Rovers (2-0) and Colchester United (2-1), and sitting proudly at the top of the league table.

After a hard day’s graft on the field, all thirteen players enjoyed a swim at Oakham School’s very own swimming pool on Tuesday evening, before heading to bed to get some much needed rest ahead of five fixtures the following day.

After a healthy breakfast in the school canteen on Wednesday morning, TFA took their winning streak to five matches with wins against Bristol Rovers (3-2) and Millwall (2-0), remaining top of the league table after 5 matches played.

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After lunch on Wednesday afternoon, TFA faced a step up in class with two fixtures against two different Manchester United teams. Having won their first five matches, our Under-11s took the game to Manchester United, and anyone watching would agree that they were very unlucky to lose 3-0. TFA enjoyed the majority of possession in this match, as well as creating a number of good chances to score that on another day would have ended up in the back of the net.

In the next match against Manchester United, our Under-11s didn’t play as well as they did in the previous match, but were able to convert some of their chances, eventually losing 5-2.

In the final match of the day, TFA faced another Premier League club in Burnley FC, with TFA winning a closely contested encounter 2-1. Having completed Day 2 of tournament play, our Under-11s found themselves in 3rd place in the league table after 8 matches played, level on points with both Manchester United teams and three points ahead of Burnley FC.

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On the morning of the third and final day of the tournament, our Under-11s were down to play their ninth and remaining league fixture against AFC Brisbane from Australia. This match ended 0-0 which meant that TFA finished in third place in the league table, two points behind both Manchester United teams who ended up meeting in the final. As a result, TFA had to play the Australians again in a play-off fixture, with TFA winning 1-0, meaning they had now defeated every team in the competition except for the tournament winners, Manchester United.

Given the high calibre of professional academy teams from throughout England participating in the tournament, our Under-11s can be very proud of their third place finish, and even more so with their performance and style of play which gained the respect of many in attendance.  A huge well done to all the players and coaches on a highly successful and enjoyable trip to Oakham.

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