History for the club was made on Sunday 20th April as the Under 16’s were presented with the Division 1 Championship (Ken Le Brun Trophy) for the first time. Jersey Football Combination President, Tim Darwin presented the trophy to Captain, Jodie Byrne in front of his team and many parents and supporters at St. Clement S.C.
The team completed their fixtures in emphatic style with a 6-0 victory over St. Clement A. With the title already secured it gave the chance of a starting place to some of the squad members who perhaps have not played as much as some of the others and to their credit, to a man, they all performed really well. Ben Channing captained the side on the day and put in a great performance in the middle of the park, leading by example with his enthusiasm and energy. We started with a sprinkling of our talented Under 15’s and one of these, Connor Rogers opened the scoring, Connor having an influential effect all game. Connor along with fellow Under 15’s Jack Burt, Jake Huckerby, Joe Tilston and James Dempsey clearly showed the potential we have for continued success next season at this level. The ever lively and pacy Kyle Vivian scored our second to make it 2-0 at half time.
We utilised all our our substitutes during the second period but this did not stop the flow of attractive football, further goals from Connor and Kyle and a pair from Jodie Byrne completed the scoring.
There were a number of good performances, Ashley White at full back continues to impress in his new position, Joe Tilston was good in central midfield, Connor was a threat all game with his pace and trickery on the ball, the ever dependable James Dempsey at centre back and Jason Stokes playing his new “Steven Gerard” role.
Under 15 goalkeeper Luke Duncan came on for the last 25 minutes replacing the now very dependable Ciaran Pack who can be extremely pleased with his development over the last 12 months, this was rewarded in the week when he represented “The Rest” team in the Under 18 Champions v. The Rest match. Well done Ciaran and well done to Luke who performed well yesterday and was reward for his attitude and training during the season.
Once again a big well done to the whole squad who have worked hard this season and over the last few weeks have put in some really good performances, technically good and disciplined they now need to remain focused to put the icing on the cake for this season with the Eric Amy Cup final next Sunday, 1.00pm at Springfield at the John Leatt Trophy (Under 16 Upton) the following week in Guernsey.