Football Academy

Wee Jambos finish third in Foyle Cup

26th July 2019

Hearts' under-15 side finished third in the annual Foyle Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.

The wee Jambos' won their third-place play-off on Friday evening, beating Kells Blackwater 5-0.

Academy coach Paul Thomson said: "The boys played great the whole game. It's been a brilliant week, with one game that we switched off and got punished.

"There's been lots of learning for the players and now we come back and push on for the rest of the season."

The young side had a fantastic tournament, winning every game in their group comfortably.

On Monday, they beat East Donegal Boys 4-0 before an 11-0 thrashing of Beann Mhadaghainn on Tuesday.

In the final game of the group stage the team won 2-0 against Kells Blackwater - their future play-off opponents.

They progressed to the quarter-final, racking up a 4-0 win against Willowbank thanks to goals from Makenzie Kirk, Declan Henry, Greig Allen and Mark Deya.

Unfortunately, their run was ended by Finn Harps in the semi-final on Thursday, where they lost 2-1.

After the game, Paul Thomson said: "We didn't compete against a physical team who were more up for it than us.

"We missed a few players through injury which didn't help, but deserved to lose." 

However, all in it's been a great week for the boys who have continued Hearts' tradition of being successful in the tournament.

Previous players to have played at the Foyle Cup include Harry Cochrane, Anthony McDonald and Connor Smith.