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Medal joy in football for Team Lanarkshire

Medal joy in football for Team Lanarkshire

Goals equalled gold for Team Lanarkshire as the boys’ team won the football competition on the last day of competitive action at the 2011 International Children’s Games.

The boys' beat Sparta of Greece 4-1 in the final with a brace from Daryl Bulloch and strikes from Dominic Thomas and Scott Stevenson completing the victory.

During the six games they played, the team scored an astonishing 69 goals, conceding just two, racking up scorelines of 10-0, 26-0, 5-0, 17-1, 7-0 and 4-1.

Another tremendous day of action was enjoyed by the many spectators at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground, and the atrocious weather didn't dampen the celebrations.

Team Lanarkshire football coach Willie McNab said: "It's a tremendous achievement - the boys deserve everything they got.

"Lots of team bonding has went on to improve us as a unit and I think they have all become really friendly with one another.

"We didn't put a lot of pressure on the boys' and I think in the end their personalities have shone through on the pitch.

"We had a lot of really good performances - a lot of teams were quite defensive against us because they knew of the quality we had going forward.

"That meant the boys' had to be quite patient and bide their time, which they got rewarded for in the end."

Willie also spoke in glowing terms of the Games as a whole.

He said: "The Games have been wonderful, from the opening ceremony to the staff and volunteers, the accommodation, the transportation - everything has been first-class.

"It's also amazing the way the pitches were today - how the groundstaff got them playable was nothing short of a miracle.

"This is my first time being involved with the ICG and it's been superb.

"I really hope they can come back to Lanarkshire soon because as far as I am concerned it's been a great success."

Team Lanarkshire's captain, Dominic Thomas, said: "I am delighted we have won, it's what we set out to do three months ago when the team came together.

"We've achieved our goal so what more could you ask for?

"I scored 14 goals in the tournament and they were all good goals so I'm really happy.

"All the games we have won we have done so by a convincing scoreline so it's been a great team performance.

"Our team spirit is great and has grown during the last three months and we are all the best of pals now.

"The Games have been absolutely brilliant - if I could give anyone advice it would be if you get asked to go to the ICG throw yourself at it - it's been a wonderful experience."

Top goalscorer with 22 goals for Team Lanarkshire was Daryl Bulloch. He said: "I'm so happy we have won the tournament - it's unbelievable.

"I'm very happy to have finished top goalscorer, the standard of teams got better as the tournament went on.

"The Games have been amazing, it's a once in a lifetime chance to take part so you have to grab it with both hands."

Sentilj-Ruse of Slovenia return home with the bronze medal after a tight 2-1 win over Szombathely of Hungary in the third/fourth place play-off.

Meanwhile, the girls' team from Lanarkshire had to settle for silver, losing the final 2-0 to a very well-disciplined and organised team from Seoul, South Korea.

Delighted coach of the Seoul team, Jong Gen Kim, said: "We started playing together as a team three or four years ago, so we are a very organised team and the players know each others game.

"The Lanarkshire team showed some great pieces of skill throughout the tournament but I think we were quicker than them in key areas and in the end I think that's what won it for us."

Third place and the bronze medal in the girls' competition went to Hamilton of Canada, who beat Marion of the USA 1-0 in the third/fourth place play-off.

Results

The full results each day will be posted on the boys and girls results pages.

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Film from the Games will become available on YouTube and photographs on the ICG flickr pages in the course of the next few days - so keep checking!

You can tweet from the event - #icg2011 or join us on facebook.

Film from the Games will become available on YouTube and photographs on the ICG flickr pages in the course of the next few days - so keep checking!

The full results each day will be posted on the boys and girls results pages.

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