United’s under-9 team were at the Barnfield Training Centre on Saturday to take part in Burnley’s end-of-season tournament – the Barnfield Cup – and they came through a gruelling schedule of fixtures to lift the trophy following some excellent displays and having shown a fantastic attitude throughout.
Teams taking part included Burnley, Bolton, Blackpool and Rochdale, with the eventual final going the way of the young Blues courtesy of a 2-1 victory over the Seasiders.
Coach Robbie Edgar said: “The lads had ten games to play, but that didn’t bother them at all. They played really well in the group stages, with Sonny Coulson a regular on the scoresheet and Oscar Bell doing his job at the other end by stopping the opposition from hitting the back of the net.
“We went to penalties against the hosts in the semi-final, after a tight 0-0 draw, and it was a very cool top corner spot-kick finish from Tom Latta which took us into the final.
“Blackpool made it a very good final to watch, with both sides really going for it, but clinical strikes from Logan Edgar and William Harper proved to be the difference.”
“This final tournament caps off a fantastic season for this group of under-9 players who have worked hard all year,” he continued. “They deserved their trophy and I’m really proud of them all.
“Every player gives everything for Carlisle United and they never give up, no matter who they come up against, often finding another gear when the pressure is on or the odds are stacked against them.”
Congratulations to the lads from everybody at Carlisle United for this fantastic achievement.