Our under 13s and 15s made a huge impact in the recent international tournament - the Costa Duarada Cup. The tournament gave the boys the opportunity to test themselves against some top clubs from Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the USA.
Our under 13s were knocked out at the quarter final stage, losing 2-1 to Cd La Floresta. Our boys could not have given us any more in a game that could have gone either way. The 13s did really well with a great performance and hard fought 1-0 win against the much fancied Gaztelueta to qualify from a difficult group to get to the Quarter finals. (Tournament record: Lost 2-0, Won 1-0, Won 1-0, Lost 2-1)
Our 15s went all the way to the final and won the tournament by beating Cd La Floresta 2-0 in the Final. The same team had beaten us 2-0 in the group stages so the victory was even sweeter. Our 15s did brilliant to win all three games on the Saturday which included a win on penalties in the QF against Martukene Kirol Elka and a fantastic match in the semi final against USA Indiana before our final win on the Sunday. (Tournament record: Won 3-1, Lost 2-0, Won 11-0, Drew 1-1 (2-1 win on pens), Won 1-0, Won 2-0)
Speaking about the trip, Head of Youth & Community, Steven Ferguson, said:
"This tournament was a fantastic experience for our boys and something I see as vital as part of their development both on and off the pitch. The chance to play in a competitive tournament really excited the boys and definitely brought out the very best in them.
"The only down side for me was the injuries some of the boys sustained in the quest for winning the cup," added Ferguson. "This included a broken leg and broken arm but even injuries as serious as this could not dampen the boys spirits which was wonderful for me and the other coaches to see! Every single player on the trip was a credit to Ross County Football Club and I hope the experience stays with them for a very long time!"
The RCFC U13s and U15s stayed full board in a 4 star hotel in Salou for the five day trip, with their own luxury coach driving them to and from some top class facilities to play the matches.