Motherwell are your 2022 Foyle Cup Champions.
The Foyle Cup, based in Northern Ireland, is a 2005 age limit tournament consisting of 24 teams.
Motherwell, who were able to go on tour courtesy of a significant donation from the Well Society, were placed in group D alongside Institute FC, Ballymoney Utd and Strathroy Harps. Scoring 23 goals and conceding none, the young Steelmen comfortably progressed to the quarter-final.
A 3-1 victory against Inishowen YL seen the lads move on to the semis.
In the last four, Motherwell took on Derry City under 18s on Thursday night.
During the match, Richard Twambe suffered a horrific injury which has left the forward in hospital awaiting an operation.
It was agreed by both teams that the match should be abandoned and re-scheduled for the following (Friday) morning.
Despite witnessing the injury to their teammate, young Motherwell regrouped and went again. A convincing 3-0 victory booked a spot in the final, where they would face Altrincham FC.
Producing another fine performance, Motherwell once again won 3-0 and lifted the Foyle Cup, with Shay Nevans, Ally Goul and Adam MacDonald getting on the scoresheet.
“The boys have been brilliant during this tournament,” academy director Steven Hammell said.
“It allowed the group to form new bonds as we had some under 16s make the step up so it was as much a pre-season as a tournament.
“It’t been an excellent tournament and experience for this group. Despite a hectic schedule, they have coped remarkably and it should stand them in good stead for the future.
“To come to an unknown place and to win against unknown teams, is something they should be proud of.
”I would also like to thank the Well Society for their vital donation to allow us to take part in this competition. It’s so encouraging for the Academy to have the support and backing that it gets from the supporters, who are directly playing a part in unearthing what we hope will be future first-team players.”
The Motherwell squad on tour was:
Lennon Miller, Robbie Garcia, Max Ross, Brannan Mcdermott, Ally Gould, Arran Bone, Scott Williamson, Adam Macdonald, Dylan Wells, Olly Whyte, Richard Tambwe, Luca Ross, Shay Nevans, Mark Ferrie, Zack Tomany and Kyle Aitken (T)
Steven Hammell (Academy Director), Brian Kerr (Development Team Manager), David Clarkson (Head of Intermediate Academy), Paul Burns (Head of Junior Academy), Tom Jones (Performance Therapist) and Kelly McKenna (Physiotherapist)