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Mixed fortunes for Hawks in Spain’s MIC Cup
Trendsetter Hawks Football Academy of East Port-of-Spain enjoyed mixed fortunes in their campaign in the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC 2018) in Costa Brava, Barcelona, Spain which started on Wednesday.
Five hours after landing in Catalonia, to compete in the leading youth football tournament, a short-handed Hawks team was in action in the Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 age-groups.
Drawn in Group, the Under-16 players of Trendsetter Hawks opened their account with a 5-0 whipping of Stryx Sports of Egypt with Kaihim Thomas (penalty), Josiah Edwards (two), Daniel David and Micai Peters on target while Manchester United also won 4-0 vs FC Martinenc.
In their next round of matches, Hawks suffered a reversal of results and were beaten 5-0 by Martinenc while Manchester United crushed Stryx Sports Egypt 13-0 ahead of their meeting with the Port-of-Spain based club which ended 6-0 in the English club’s favour.
Martinenc 13-0 over Stryx Sports Egypt in the other match.
In the Under-14 age-group drawn in Group L, Trendsetter Hawks suffered an 8-0 defeat against an US Club Soccer ID2 National Team while its other opponents, Club Daniel Carnevali edged Racing Sarria CF 1-0.
And in their second round of matches yesterday, Hawks drew 1-1 with Racing Sarria CF, and US Club Soccer ID2 National Team downed Club Daniel Carnevali 2-0 with the T&T team to face Club Daniel Carnevali in the final round.
In the Under-12 Division, in Group H, Trendsetter Hawks were beaten 11-1 by CF Damm with Zion Harley scoring the lone item for the T&T club while UE Figueres and Pateadores battled to a 1-1 draw.
However, yesterday, Hawks fell 1-4 to UE Figueres while CF Damm and Pateadores drew goalless, and in the final round, Hawks and Pateadores drew ahead of their final round of matches in which Hawks was beaten 1-0 by Pateadores and CF Damm whipped UE Figueres 6-1.
According to coach Anthony Wickham, the teams suffered from ’jet lag’ after travelling since Monday night from Barbados to Manchester and then onwards to Barcelona on separate flights.
A group of 12 persons including nine players also missed their connecting flight from London to Barcelona and arrived on Wednesday night in time to play in their second preliminary match on Thursday.
The late arrivals also contributed to the weakening of the Under-12 and Under-14 teams.
Coach Wickham also expressed his sincere thanks to all members of the club, well wishers from East Port of Spain, corporate citizens, state agencies and the club alumni for making this dream come true
Trendsetter Hawks is now the second team from T&T to participate in the MIC experience with the Under-16s facing Manchester United FC in their final preliminary match.
Last year the Under-19 players of Waterloo Institute of Soccer made it to the round-of-16 of the competition before being knocked out by Spain’s Barcelona FC 8-0.
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