Longhoughton’s U9s competed in R&Ts Haggerston Castle Championship 2013 over the bank holiday weekend.
They saved the best until last to walk away with the winners’ trophy and accolades after a great weekend’s football against opposition from Scotland and the local area.
Starting with a win against local side Lowick YFC, Rangers went on to record victories against both Leith Athletic teams from Edinburgh and West Dyke Thistle from Aberdeen.
Losing only to West Dyke’s first team, their results put them into the final against unbeaten West Dyke.
Having lost 1-0 to them in the group stage, Rangers went 1-0 down again within a few minutes to a wonder strike by their Scottish opponents.
Rangers rolled up their sleeves and, with a high-intensity, hard-working performance combined with some magnificent football, eventually swept West Dyke aside with a 4-1 victory.
The Rangers squad then made their way to Haggerston Castle where ex-Scotland international footballer Gary McAllister presented the team with their trophy and individual awards.
The coaching staff thanked the boys for their enthusiasm and applying themselves perfectly in all games and for the way they represented the club at this national tournament.
NMSL U10 Serie A
Longhoughton Rangers U10
Longhoughton Rangers U10s clinched the NMSL Serie A title with an unbeaten record of played 16, won 15, drawn one, lost none, goals for 67, goals against 22.
The club said it was ‘a fantastic achievement by all concerned.
‘The lads deserve great credit for the style in which they have won it’.
The team also play in the final of the U10s Divisional Cup on Wednesday, against Cramlington Juniors Reds at Ashington Hirst Welfare.