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‘This is grassroots sport at its very best’ – Corbyn

Islington North MP presents medals and trophies at Market Road after a captivating night of Camden and Islington Youth League cup finals

24 May, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Jeremy Corbyn with son Ben at Market Road

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn was among the proud parents who saw their children scoop silverware on the final day of the season in the Camden and Islington Youth League on Friday.

Camden Elite Under-10s beat Highbury Wolves in the Challenge Cup final

The Islington North MP presented medals and trophies to the winners and runner-up at the pitches in Market Road during a captivating night of cup finals.

Camden Elite Under-14s were Challenge Cup runners-up

Among the teams celebrating was Tufnell Park Football School, which is run by Mr Corbyn’s son, Ben. They completed a league and cup double by beating Chapel Youth 3-1 to capture the Under-16s Challenge Cup.

Jeremy Corbyn with Camden Town and East Finchley Under-12s

Tufnell took the lead through Dylan Krikler, but were soon pegged back by Chapel, who equalised courtesy of a clinical finish from midfielder Dominic Curren.

Fusion Under-12s

Isaac Stones restored Tufnell’s lead, before putting the result beyond doubt in the final seconds of the game when he scored a second from the penalty spot.

Regent’s Park FC’s Under-14s

Tufnell keeper Rio-Jae Valmont played his part in the win as he made a string of fine saves and commanded his penalty area with authority – putting in a performance that earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Highbury Wolves Under-10s

“I love Market Road, I’ve been coming here for years to watch my son,” said Mr Corbyn, who added that he would be “totally neutral” ahead of the final between Tufnell Park Football School and Chapel Youth. “I think the way in which the volunteers run this league, and keep it together, is fantastic. All these young people come along and really enjoy football – this is grassroots sports at its very best.”

Jeremy Corbyn with Regent’s Park Knights Under-12s

Camden Elite were the first team to strike silver on the day as they beat Highbury Wolves in the Under-10s Challenge Cup final. Noam Rechtman bagged a brace, while Misha Israelyan and Mark Shields were also on target as Elite ran out 4-1 winners.

Tufnell Park Football School Under-16s

Wolves were given a glimmer of hope when William Ramsey pulled a goal back to make the score 2-1, but in the end Camden Elite, led by man-of-the-match Joshua Okoronkwo, were just too strong.

Stoke Newington Under-14s

Fusion were also among the winners after goals from Jayden Miller and Sheldon Poku-Nyarko earned them a 2-0 win over Camden Town and East Finchley FC – and with it the Under-12s Liboria Risveglia Challenge Cup. Fusion’s central midfielder Haziq Kyril had extra reason to cheer after the final whistle when he was named the man-of-the-match.

Parents who turned out to watch the action at Market Road

In the Under-14s Challenge Cup final, star striker Eli Anderson, who also sometimes plays in the heart of defence, scored both goals as Regent’s Park Rebels beat Camden Elite 2-1 to get their hands on the silverware. Elite played their part in a closely-fought final, with their midfielder Joe West being voted the man-of-the-match.

A host of teams also turned up to collect their trophies after being crowned champions of their respective age groups, including Regent’s Park Knights, who topped the table in the Under-12s division, and Stoke Newington, who won their Under-14s division.

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