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Shrewsbury Town under-15s win Rams Cup

11 April 2023

Academy

Shrewsbury Town under-15s win Rams Cup

11 April 2023

Jack Windle scored with the last kick of the game to fire Shrewsbury’s under-15s to glory in the Rams Cup.

The young Town side travelled to Derby last week to take on Derby County, Sunderland, Birmingham, Plymouth and Mansfield in the knock-out competition.

Both Derby and Sunderland have category one academies while Birmingham are category two.

But it was Town’s under-15s who came out victorious after securing a thrilling late win over Derby.

Town headed to Moor Farm Training Centre with a team consisting of 15-year-olds and goalkeeper Max Habberley who is with our under-14s.

The other teams, meanwhile, all had players aged 15 and 16.

In the group stage, Salop kicked things off with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham before beating Mansfield 1-0.

We then drew against Sunderland 0-0 before putting in a brilliant display to beat Plymouth 3-0.

Those results ensured we qualified from the group before beating Plymouth again, this time 2-1, in the semi-final.

The final proved to be a tight affair against Derby County.

But Town won it right at the end when substitutes George Handley and Jack Windle combined.

First Handley cleverly knocked the ball down for Windle who fired in with the last kick of the game to prompt wild scenes of celebration.

Youth Development Phase Lead Coach Dan Reece said: “When you look at the size of the clubs we were up against we shouldn’t really have got through the group stage so to win the tournament is a huge credit to the players and shows how much good work is being done in the academy.

“In the group stage we were the better team in our first three games and we then went on to put in a superb performance to beat Plymouth 3-0.

“The final really was a brilliant game against Derby. We had six subs and we wanted to make sure all the players got a chance to experience playing in the final.

“And it was two subs who combined with George Handley setting up Jack Windle who scored with the last kick of the game.

“It was a brilliant way to win it, the scenes at the end were fantastic with all the players running on the pitch and celebrating together.

“All the lads did brilliantly but special mentions must go to George and Jack as well as goalkeeper Max Habberley who is part of our under-14s squad and played well.

“Simba Nyamwanza also scored two in the tournament, including one in the final, and got a couple of assists.”

Shrewsbury’s under-15s are in cup action again this Sunday when they take on Crewe in the Floodlit Cup.

The game is open to the public and kicks off at 11am at Shrewsbury Sports Village.

The winners will take on either Bournemouth or Colchester in the final.Generic-Web-Banner-Home-22-23.jpg


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