U15s crowned Northern Champions of Floodlit Cup
- 10 March 2016 18:11
- Posted by @MPHenson
The Academy has enjoyed a great deal of success recently and that continued with the U15s this week…
John Mullin’s squad were crowned Northern champions of the Floodlit Cup after a 3-0 win against Aston Villa at St George’s Park on Wednesday evening.
A brace from Henry Ogunby and one from Felix Nmecha, brother of U18s striker Lukas, secured the win and a place in the National final, with the opponents yet to be confirmed.
Speaking to mcfc.co.uk, Mullin said: It’s a similar format to the Champions League where we put into a group of four containing ourselves, Bolton, Everton and Liverpool.
“We came through that comfortably with some great performances and then it progressed into a knockout phase. We drew Sunderland in the quarters and produced a good performance at home to set up a semi-final at Leeds.
Mullin continued: “That was probably our best performance to date as we beat them 6-0 at their place. It’s been a tournament that has been spread over a few months, but it’s been really beneficial and the players have thoroughly enjoyed it.”
The success of the U15s is another feather in the cap of the Academy, which has seen the U18s crowned champions of the North league and the U10s named National Futsal Champions.
Commenting on the Academy’s accomplishments, the former Rotherham midfielder stated: “The recent success of the Academy shows that we’re doing things the right way.
“We’re not only winning games, but playing an attractive brand of football throughout the teams at the CFA.
“We do have some talented players here and it’s about us guiding them in the right direction and trying to educate them on potential professional careers in the future.”
That thought process is shared by Academy Director Mark Allen, who believes that City are heading in the right direction with the facilities at the CFA preparing all age groups for future endeavours.
Allen told mcfc.co.uk: “At the end of the day, what we’re trying to do is the right thing. We have our holistic approach to the Academy in terms of what we’re trying to do both on and off the pitch.
“I think the facilities here at the CFA have grounded them in such a way that they’re not overawed by anything that they see.
“That’s all part of their experience, whether that be here or on European trips that they go on.”
Focusing on the U15s Floodlit Cup achievement, the Academy Director beamed about Mullin’s side, stating that it was ‘thoroughly’ deserved.
He said: “It’s all nice when you win a trophy, particularly when the competition is in its inaugural year. It’s a new initiative from the Premier League for the U15s age group.
“To go ahead and win the Northern section is very pleasing and what the boys deserve. They’ve placed consistently well this season and I thought they thoroughly deserved to win the final against Aston Villa.”