It was the Isle of Wight who once again reigned supreme and made it four trophies on the bounce…
For the Island side this time is was even more special for Captain and Manager Caymen Collins, missing some key players who are playing in the Spanish League most notably Tommy Jackson who we are proud to say scored on his debut in Spain this weekend and got two assists all from in goal as a keeper proving the huge importance of this position in beach soccer…
Captain Caymen called upon the youth ranks and the majority of the squad who competed in the Madjer Cup previously at two world youth events, and it was those players that battled to victory against a strong and experienced Eastleigh side lead by Joe Maxwell looking for revenge after defeating Portsmouth 3v1 earlier in the day.
Lead by the leadership and fight of Caymen and the brilliant Jack Morris the Isle of Wight never gave up and despite being 3v1 down in the final the Island youth showed their class battling back with goals from Thomas Grandvoinet and Callum Pye-Poulter who was superb, both Tom and Callum stars for the Island along with Dexter Collins tasked with taking the number one shirt from Jackson he proved to be safe hands, agile and on point from the first whistle.
Portsmouth gave a good account of them selfs as they head to the Euros and Steve Blacks men had lots of positives with some key English and European players missing they lost to the Isle of Wight 6v3 battling right to the end along with defeat to Eastleigh before losing 3v1.
It’s back to the drawing board for Paul Darke’s Eastleigh who looked to have the trophy in their hands and a first English title with Tom Oneil on top form and taking the MVP award but after only 10 months of winning the English title it was the Isle of Wight who once again stole the show pulling back to 3v3 in the last minute and winning on penalties and it was Caymen Collins who took the winning kick to seal the title and his fourth championship trophy for the Isle of Wight!
MVP keeper went to Dexter Collins with England beach soccer providing a weekend of quality beach soccer from our community of elite players as they all head to European leagues in June along with International duty with England.
Danny Bo from the British Online School who are our senior and youth events main sponsor in 2022 commented to say “this was our first event and we’re delighted to partner with England Beach Soccer and now excited to see the Young Lions Tour and youth events unfold, it’s a winning partnership, the dream team”
England Beach Soccer now prepare for the Gold Coat Festival where they are hosting Torquay United FC and Exeter City FC in exhibition matches along with the 300 children competing in the Devon Youth Championships.
Meanwhile our men’s and women’s international teams prepare for the Euro Leagues with BSWW.