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22nd October 2018

Camden Elite come from behind to clinch cup win against Liverpool

    Camden Elite

    Camden Elite came from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Pro Invitational Cup

    Published: 26 June, 2015
    by STEVE BARNETT

    THERE’S surely no better feeling than seeing your team win the cup – unless, of course, you happen to beat two former managers along the way. 

    That’s what happened to young coach Sebastian Eurico on Saturday as he guided his Camden Elite side to victory against Premier League opposition at the artificial pitches at Market Road in Islington. 

    The 20-year-old thought that his afternoon couldn’t get any better when Rafiq Khaleel’s goal earnt his Under-11s side a 1-0 victory over the Camden District team in the semi-finals of the Pro Invitational Cup – especially as the District team is still managed by his old coach and close friend Abul Koyar. 

    The Under-10s Liverpool side who beat Stevenage

    But Sebastian was wrong – his afternoon did get better. 

    In the final, Camden Elite went head-to-head against an academy side from Liverpool FC, and again the two men on the touchline knew each other very well. 

    Liverpool are coached by Nick Marshall, who was the Academy Director and Under-16s manager at Nottingham Forest when Sebastian was a youth player at the club. 

    So when goals from Caleb Mensah and Danny Cochrane saw Camden Elite come from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1, Sebastian admitted that he “celebrated even more than his players”.

    The victorious Ashgreen FC Under-9s squad

    “I couldn’t stop screaming with delight,” he said. “I’m over the moon. It feels so great to beat both my old managers on my way to winning the cup. 

    “I’m officially better than them,” Sebastian joked. “I told Nick that I was coming for his job. Obviously I’m kidding, but it was fantastic. 

    “The boys couldn’t believe they actually beat Liverpool. And they did it playing the right kind of football. 

    “They kept the ball on the ground, and played quick, decisive passes. They deserved to win, they were by far the better team.”

    Returning for a second year, the Pro Invitational Cup, which is organised by Pro Touch Soccer Academy, was a great success. Liverpool beat Stevenage 3-1 to win the Under-10s cup, while Ashgreen FC beat Liverpool 3-0 to win the Under-9s cup. 

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