20th anniversary celebration of summer showpiece
04 August, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
SCORES of talented footballers from across Camden and Islington snapped up silverware on Tuesday after taking part in a much-loved football festival.
What better way to mark the 20th anniversary of the Camden Unity Cup Festival than with a day of goals, heroic goalkeeping and match-saving tackles in Bloomsbury?
Spearheaded by a group of young people from Fitzrovia Youth in Action, the tournament aims to bring communities together through their love of the beautiful game.
Among the teams celebrating at Coram’s Fields were the Reds of Islington Warriors who beat Daryl’s Dragons 5-4 on penalties to win the Under-10s Unity Cup.
Cup-winning Somers Town Future
The Warriors’ player-of-the-tournament, Davon Gbajumo, played his part in a nail-biting final that finished goalless.
Cometh the hour, cometh the keeper, as Frankie Phillips made a crucial save in the shoot-out to earn the Warriors a memorable victory.
All smiles from victorious cup winners Arsenal Kicks Under-14s
It also took penalties to find a winner in the Under-12s age group where Parliament Hill Youth, led by their star player Bobby Webb, beat St Mary’s 3-2 to capture the cup after the game finished goalless in normal time.
Their coach Scott Cole said: “While other teams are taking the summer off we are here winning trophies. The team did fantastic.”
Camden Youth Under-11s
Sharp-shooter Ava Grace made sure there was no need for spot kicks in the Under-11s girls’ final as she scored a hat-trick to earn Camden Youth a 3-0 victory over Highbury Wolves.
Goals from Jevonte Deabreau and Ehsan Amirzai earned Arsenal Kicks a 2-1 win over Soccer Stars in the Under-14s Unity Cup final.
Meanwhile, it took just one goal to settle the Under-16s final as Ricky Callender added an exquisite flick finish to Irshad Khan’s pass to earn Somers Town Future a 1-0 victory over Camden Giants.