Banchory Boys on tour

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The tour started with bad news that one of the team - Aaron Samuel - had torn a calf muscle on the Tuesday evening fixture at Glentanar, where the team won 3-2, and was unable to make the tour.

After being seen off by family, the team made the first leg of the journey by coach from Banchory to Newcastle and then overnight ferry to Amsterdam. On the Friday a visit and tour of the Ajax FC Amsterdam Arena stadium was a great highlight followed by a light training session in the evening.

On the Saturday, the team played in a round robin league and faced three Dutch teams and Joppa United from Edinburgh, where they came second and qualified for the A league on the Sunday.

On the Sunday the weather was a soaring 25 degrees which had an effect on the play. The boys performed but were unable to come back with the main prize, which was won by Sheffield-based team Dronfield Town. Dronfield had to beat Banchory in the last match of the tournament to win, and although Banchory put in a great effort and created many chances, they were stunned by a late goal against the run of play to lose 1-0.

On the Monday the team were able to relax with a visit to the Dunrell Adventure and Water Sport Park before the return journey back to Banchory.

A great learning experience was gained by everyone involved and great memories will remain and be talked about for a long time.

The Banchory Boys U15 management of Dom Flaherty, Davie Winton and Andy Milne would like to thank all the boys, parents and especially sponsors and individual donations over the last 12 months which made the experience possible.