Mowbray Rangers win double international honours

Mowbray Rangers celebrated a famous double win as they hosted their eighth annual international football festival.

Teams from around Leicestershire were joined by junior sides from Etoile Club ECACTG, near Lille, in Northern France for the under 13s and under 14s festival.

Under 14s winners Mowbray Rangers EMN-150528-093819002

Under 14s winners Mowbray Rangers EMN-150528-093819002

The two-day festival produced some fine football, and both age group matches were officiated by a team of 12 qualified referees from the county.

In the under 13s competition, Mowbray lined up against local rivals Asfordby FC, Melton Foxes and Syston Hurricanes, as well as FC Cione and Etoile.

All matches were keenly-fought and played in a positive spirit with Rangers finishing on 12 points, pipping Syston on goal difference.

Etoile were third with nine points from fourth-placed FC Cione (6pts), while Melton Foxes (3) took fifth on goal difference from Asfordby.

The Foxes won the Fair Play trophy, while the Magic Moment Trophy went to Etoile’s Jean Deviamme after scoring direct with a 30-yard free kick.

Player of the Tournament was awarded to Braydon Barr (FC Cione).

The under 14s competition saw two Rangers sides go up against Etoile, Syston Town, and Houghton Rangers. Matches were again closely competed and played with good sportsmanship and spirit.

Rangers were clear winners with 12 points, five clear of Syston Town (7pts) who took second spot on goal difference from Houghton. Mowbray Rangers 2003 were fourth on six points and Etoile were fifth with two.

Houghton Rangers were awarded the fiar play prize, and the Magic Moment Trophy was won by Brandon Cresswell for a dribbling run which took him past three players and finished with an 18-yard shot into the top corner.

Player of the Tournament was awarded to Etoile keeper Emma, the only girl playing in the festival.

Phil Baker and Steve Hall, on behalf of the Mowbray Rangers International Committee, would like to thank all of the sponsors for making the festival possible, and volunteers who helped in ground set up, manning of the kitchen, barbecue, refreshment tent, control tent, referees and Mowbray Rangers families who hosted the Etoile ECACTG party.

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