Young Dons represent the club with distinction
Our Under-12s flew the flag for AFC Wimbledon in Europe with a very creditable fourth place at the recent Golden Goal Cup tournament in Germany.
The young Dons squad, made up of players from the under-11s and 12s set-up from the Academy, took on some illustrious club names – including Borussia Dortmund and Marseille - at the youth event.
Professional Development Phase coach James Oliver-Pearce was delighted with the personal development of his squad, which bodes well for bringing through future home grown talent.
“The fact that these players feel disappointed not to win it, considering the size of the clubs we were up against, shows the mentality and the talent that we currently have throughout the academy,” said James.
“Not only will the boys be better players, but they have learned how to become more independent and thorough in how they prepare. Overall, the tour was a great experience for the boys and I believe that they learned a lot from their experiences in the games we won and lost.
“In the end, we finished fourth out of 61 teams, ahead of the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille. Despite going all the way to the semi-final as one of the smaller sides, the boys and the staff all felt slightly disappointed that we were not able to make the final and challenge for the trophy.”
The road to the semi-final in the Golden Goal Cup:
1st Group Round:
SVE Heessen III - Won 5-0
SC Team Wiener Linien (Austrian Landesliga Wien) - Lost 1-0
SC Fortuna Köln (3. Bundesliga) - Won 1-0
SC Hemmingen - Won 1-0
SC Preußen Münster (3. Bundesliga) - Won 2-0
NEC Nijmegen (Eredivisie) - Won 2-0
2nd Group Round:
Hamburger SV (Bundesliga) - Lost 2-1
Birmingham (English Championship) - Won 1-0
West Brom (Premier League) - Won 2-0
Knock Out - Round of 16:
RW Oberhausen (Regionalliga West) - Won 1-0
Vs. West Brom (Premier League) - Won 1-0
Vs. West Ham (Premier League) - Lost 1-0
3/4 Place Play-Off:
DSC Arminia Bielefeld (Bundesliga 2) - Drew 1-1 (Lost on penalties).