Brentford U-16's WIN Milk Cup in NI (leading Youth Tournament)

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For the second year in succession, BFC have sent a team to participate in the Junior Section of the prestigious Milk Cup Youth Tournament in NI (an annual event, now in its 30th year).

The Junior Section is for players born on/after 1st January 1997 and earlier today the Bees played their 1st game, beating local team Co.Londonderry 2-0:
http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10421~2852930,00.html

Next up is CSKA Moscow on Mon. 23rd (Noon k.o.), followed by last year's Junior winners Everton the next day (Tue. 24th, 1.30 pm).

Official Website:
http://www.nimilkcup.org/

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15 years ago almost to the day then when W£bb started the hell we're only just emerging from. In the meantime a whole new generation has emerged.
 

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There are some photos on the welcome page of that Milk Cup offical site that need explaining. Teams of teenage boys surrounding young lovelies who appear to be drenched in white liquid running down their faces and legs. Is this site legal?
 

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@BrentfordFC: FT: #brentfordfc 2-1 #cska - an own goal gives the Russians a chance back into the game but the Bees hold on for 2 points #milkcup

Another win for the young lads.
 
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Report now up on OS:
http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10421~2852931,00.html

Also list of other Section Results (to date) here:
http://www.nimilkcup.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=198&Itemid=245
So far, Bees and Everton are the only teams of the 20 team Junior Section to notch 2 wins from their opening two games, though Watford, and Liverpool or Union Temuco, could do so later today.

P.S. Where the Hell are Brentford getting 15 year old Liithuanian international centre backs from? (Aside from Lithuania, obviously):
http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10421~2730056,00.html
 
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Nope! Guessing it's 0-0 v Everton. Kicked of at 1.30....
 

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@BrentfordFC: HT: #brentfordfc 0-2 #evertonfc - The Bees trail after failing to deal with two corners. #milkcup
 

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So if that results stays as is- though hope we come back and snatch a draw-its P 3 W 2 L 1? Not too bad?
 

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Well then a valiant draw would be a bonus!
 

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@BrentfordFC: FT: #brentfordfc 2-3 #evertonfc - Bees fall 3-0 behind but almost complete the great escape with goals from James Ferry & Senior #milkcup

With results so far, Brentford could still finish in the top 4, which is an amazing achievement. Wherever you finish will take you into a Trophy stage, where semis and finals are played, so have to see which cup, trophy or plate competition we're in.
 

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Report now up on OS:
http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10421~2852931,00.html

Also list of other Section Results (to date) here:
http://www.nimilkcup.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=198&Itemid=245
So far, Bees and Everton are the only teams of the 20 team Junior Section to notch 2 wins from their opening two games, though Watford, and Liverpool or Union Temuco, could do so later today.

P.S. Where the Hell are Brentford getting 15 year old Liithuanian international centre backs from? (Aside from Lithuania, obviously):
http://www.brentfordfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10421~2730056,00.html

Judging by the number of cars with LT plates I see driving around, Luton:D
 

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Or have settled here. I worked with a guy who in his youth not that long ago was a trainee at Wycombe and by dent of lineage was a Serbian(?) U-17.
 

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Lost 3-2 to Everton, last years winners - a brilliant result which suggests to me that Brentford are building very firm foundations fir the future, from youth to Academy to first team. Hope springs eternal.....
 
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I see David Moyes opened the tournament. Maybe he's there looking at players of ours that he can get on loan in a few years.
 

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Last minute winner from Country Antrim. I don't think that's enough for them to overtake the young Brentford lads on GD though. I think i'm right in saying that unless Swindon beat Liverpool by 4 goals then Brentford go through to the Semi Final of the milk cup with Liverpool, Everton and Watford. A tremendous achievement really.
 

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Liverpool beat Swindon 3 - 0. I believe that means the lads are through to the Milk Cup Semis. Can anyone confirm?

I know that the Jnr semi-final draw takes place at 6.
 

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Wow, life doesn't get much better than live streaming of the draw for a pre-season Under 16s tournament semi-final... :sorted:
 

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I've just wet my pants. If the Under 16s can get to a cup semi against liverpool (and possibly further) in these great kits, imagine what the big boys can do.

Sorry, the kit issue has become a joke to me now.
 
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drawn against Liverpool in the semi
You can see the final table here, plus results to date:

http://www.nimilkcup.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=198&Itemid=245

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Great to see BFC just edging into 4th place and a Semi-Final spot etc. What clinched it was coming back to score twice after going 3-0 down to Everton - a great lesson in "Never-Say-Die" for young players.

Mind you, Liverpool will be a toughie - played 3, won 3, Goals For 10, Goals Against 0...
 

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Fantastic stuff by the young Bees. substantially above swindon too. eat that di canio
 

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You can see the final table here, plus results to date:

http://www.nimilkcup.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=198&Itemid=245

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Great to see BFC just edging into 4th place and a Semi-Final spot etc. What clinched it was coming back to score twice after going 3-0 down to Everton - a great lesson in "Never-Say-Die" for young players.

Mind you, Liverpool will be a toughie - played 3, won 3, Goals For 10, Goals Against 0...


Not putting a downer on it but apart from the top four teams and Ipswich , arent all the rest a bit sh ite ?
 

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Not putting a downer on it but apart from the top four teams and Ipswich , arent all the rest a bit sh ite ?

There are some foreign clubs (big in their own lands ie Mexico, Chile, Russia & Israel) who wouldn't send their kids unless they had a chance of doing well and were going to gain in terms of learning and experience. That, I would imagine, is why we are there and it can only postiive that we are doing well.
 
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Not putting a downer on it but apart from the top four teams and Ipswich , arent all the rest a bit sh ite ?
It may be that the quality in the Junior Section isn't so high as normal this year, but I wouldn't make the mistake of misjudging Youth teams by the standard of their seniors. Watford, for example, are a mediocre Championship side, yet their Youth set-up is excellent. (Or look eg at Southampton or Crewe).

And it's even harder to assess teams from South America, the Far East, Africa and (esp) USA. For example, Man Utd traditionally are very strong, yet last year they were absolutely humped 5-1 in the Premier Final by Aspire Academy of Qatar. Hardly a footballing hotbed, yet they're pumping millions into their Academy to attract the best Coaches from Europe and the best kids from all over Africa, to facilities which are the best in the world:
http://www.aspire.qa/Aboutus/Pages/AboutUs.aspx

Another example is South Coast Strikers (USA), who beat Tottenham H 7-1 the other day. "Who they?"
http://www.southcoaststrikers.com/

Maybe, as you say, we shouldn't get too excited by BFC's results in the actual games this year. But with a handful of exceptions, the UK is miles behind many other countries when it comes to Youth development. By going to a (genuinely) world-class Tournament like the Milk Cup, Brentford aren't just learning from all the other participants etc, but along with the Academy and Development Squad etc, they're setting down a strong marker for where they want this club to be.

Long may Matthew's Millions continue to do their work!
 

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Absolutely brilliant;). Let's hope in years to come some of these lads become the Bees legends of tomorrow.
 

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It may be that the quality in the Junior Section isn't so high as normal this year, but I wouldn't make the mistake of misjudging Youth teams by the standard of their seniors. Watford, for example, are a mediocre Championship side, yet their Youth set-up is excellent. (Or look eg at Southampton or Crewe).

And it's even harder to assess teams from South America, the Far East, Africa and (esp) USA. For example, Man Utd traditionally are very strong, yet last year they were absolutely humped 5-1 in the Premier Final by Aspire Academy of Qatar. Hardly a footballing hotbed, yet they're pumping millions into their Academy to attract the best Coaches from Europe and the best kids from all over Africa, to facilities which are the best in the world:
http://www.aspire.qa/Aboutus/Pages/AboutUs.aspx

Another example is South Coast Strikers (USA), who beat Tottenham H 7-1 the other day. "Who they?"
http://www.southcoaststrikers.com/

Maybe, as you say, we shouldn't get too excited by BFC's results in the actual games this year. But with a handful of exceptions, the UK is miles behind many other countries when it comes to Youth development. By going to a (genuinely) world-class Tournament like the Milk Cup, Brentford aren't just learning from all the other participants etc, but along with the Academy and Development Squad etc, they're setting down a strong marker for where they want this club to be.

Long may Matthew's Millions continue to do their work!

Totally agree. This is just one more reason why it is an exciting time to be a Bee.
 
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