After a weekend of fierce competition from both our U14 group and U16 group we saw two teams come out on top – Seattle Sounders and Sheffield Wednesday.
Seattle Sounders have managed to take the title of U14 Champions from Sunderland as they faced off against Charlton Athletic, an old rival from the 2016 final where their U16s were victorious.
The current U14 champions Seattle Sounders continued their strong performance as they went nearly undefeated throughout the entire tournament – only being beaten by Sheffield United in a 2 – 1 defeat on the final day of group stages! This will now be the third year of Seattle Sounders the title of Youdan Trophy Winners as their U16s won it last year and the year before that, but remains a first for their U14 team. One of their players also went on to tie for Top Goal Scorer in the U14 category along with a player from Sheffield Wednesday, with another Seattle Sounders player winning Player of the Tournament for an outstanding overall performance throughout the competition.
Charlton Athletic also put up a great performance against the American side, managing to score twice against the tough defence of the Sounders. Charlton had previously faced Seattle Sounders earlier in the group stages losing to a 1 – 0 defeat, but managed to pull it back and have huge wins throughout the rest of the tournament, giving them a well deserved place in our U14 final.
Our U16 champions Sheffield Wednesday are Youdan Trophy veterans after competing in Youdan Trophy each year, they have stole Seattle Sounders title as U16 Youdan Trophy Champions as they showed their strength from their very first match against Doncaster Rovers with it finishing 5 – 0. This set them up from the offset for success as they continued their fantastic performance each day, without ever losing a match!
Sheffield Wednesday went head to head with another of Yorkshires own – Leeds United. From the beginning this was going to be a close match with Leeds showing real talent from the offset, only losing once to another strong team, Wolves. This Yorkshire derby proved to be under Wednesday’s control as they dominated the game, coming out on top after scoring twice.
We also saw some real talent from Wolves player No. 9 as he scored an amazing 9 goals throughout the tournament, putting himself well out front to win Top Goal Scorer in our U16 category. Another player that stood out was Frankie from Sheffield United who continuously proved each day that he deserved the title of Play of the Tournament 2018.