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Football: Penyffordd under 16s in Sweden for top international tournament

PENYFFORDD under 15s are in Sweden as Wales’ only representatives in the Gothia World Junior Cup in Sweden.

But they look unlikely to qualify from the group stages after losing their first two games 1-0.

They participated in the opening ceremony, carrying the Welsh flag in front of a crowd of 52,000 on Monday.

More than 1,500 teams in a variety of age groups from 60 nations are taking part in the competition.

Penyffordd coach John Carden said: “The lads will endeavour to bring the Welsh culture to the competition, and be ambassadors for Wales.”

The 11-strong team has even taken its own group of supporters as five parents have paid their own way to attend and support the boys.

The team is staying at school accommodation until Saturday, when they will return home.

The idea for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came from one of the players’ parents, who was born in Sweden. The trip has cost the squad in total more than £8,000, an amount which was raised through social events including an auction chaired by Liverpool comic Stan Boardman who donated his time for free.

Penyffordd sit bottom of the group having lost 1-0 to Swedish professional side Limhamn Bunkeflo 2007’s youth team, and 1-0 to another Swedish league side’s youth team, Skara FC.

Carden said: “I hope the team will have a lasting memory of a wonderful tournament, and of playing on the international stage.”

Buckley Town under 16s are appealing for new players for the 2010-11 season.

Manager Mark Lewis is looking to add even more quality to his title-winning side as they prepare for another campaign.

The North East Wales FA Youth Cup winners need additions to their squad as several have graduated from the U16s.

If you would like to join pre-season training contact Lewis on 01244 541885 for details.

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