Football Academy

Under-16s finish second at Sheffield Trophy

12th August 2019

Hearts' Academy's under-16s side finished second at the Sheffield Trophy after another spirited tournament display.

The weekend got off to a good start and the lads - who finished third in the Foyle Cup just a few weeks ago - managed to go one better and get themselves into the final.

Over the weekend, they dispatched Leeds United in the quarter-finals and hosts Sheffield United in the semis, both with a 2-1 scoreline.

The mini Jambos' then came up against Scottish opposition in the final, facing Celtic, but unfortunately it wasn't to be as they lost 1-0 in a match where both sides missed chances from the penalty spot.

Academy coach Paul Thomson, who leads the under-16s, told "The boys have been fantastic in all the games we have played and thoroughly deserved to be in the final.

"It's been a great team effort, we have defended really well throughout and most of our success has been on the counter-attack with some great, fast attacking play."

After the final, Paul said: "It was a really tight game and we had several chances but it wasn't to be. 

"I'm so happy with the way the boys played and the effort levels they put in and we deserved more - but that's football!"

You can watch Paul and the boys talk about their experiences at the Foyle Cup in the video below, which is also available on HeartsTV.