Well Done to Toton Tigers Football Team!

HPS Sponsored Toton Tigers Were (almost) Undefeated in Cup Denmark

HPS recently had the pleasure of sponsoring Nottingham based Toton Tigers U16 Football tour at Cup Denmark, held in Copenhagen at Brøndby Stadium.

Offering an international atmosphere, the unique football tournament annually attracts over 150 teams of various age categories participating from more than 25 nations. This year, Toton Tigers were the only English boys team in a group of 20 teams in the U16 category.

An Overview of the Tournament

The qualifying games were on a group basis, with Toton Tigers playing in Group D against teams from Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Toton Tigers kicked off the tournament with their first game against Swedish side Södra Sandby IF. They started extremely well taking an early lead with a well deserved goal from their striker James Brett, which gave the Totons the advantage heading into the half time break.

The second half started strongly for Toton with several chances to increase their lead. Unfortunately a lapse of concentration allowed Sandby to equalise, with the game ending 1-1. Although not the ideal start, it was still 1 point.

Toton Triumph Against IFK Grimslöv

In preparation for the second game against Swedish side IFK Grimslöv, the team had a pregame pep talk to discuss the good and bad aspects from the first game. The outcome was a new formation and team ownership of decisions. It proved a master stroke for Toton with goals from Oscar Barnett-Connolly, Matt Neighbour, Dan Green and Freddie Peake, finishing the first half with a 5-0 lead.

The second half was no different, with Toton starting off the final half with numerous chances – which were now being saved after Grimslöv changed their keeper. Following the increased intensity, Toton managed to wrap up the scoring with a goal from Oscar to seal a 6-0 win. This put the team mid table with 4 points going into the next game. Sadly the winning streak didn’t last, with the next two group games against Danish side Hvidovre IF and Finish team HJS (Helsinki Academy) ending in a disappointing draw.

The group stages were now over, with Toton finishing a respectable 3rd and undefeated. They now had to pick themselves up for the semi-final against Swedish side Dösjöbro IF.

The Semi-Final Encounter

The semi-final got underway with some very dark clouds and rumbles of thunder and rain threatening to disrupt the game. Yet it was a successful start for Toton, with a strike from Dan Eyre to give the English team the early lead. After some outstanding counter attacking football, Freddie Peake managed to double the lead with the scoreline now standing at 2-0 heading into the break.

The second half continued much of the same, with Toton continuing to dominate the game and adding another to the tally with a goal from Sam Parker. With 2 minutes to go, the presence of thunder and lightning meant all games were stopped. It was decided by Dösjöbro IF, that with 2 minutes left and 3-0 down they would forfeit the game. The Toton Tigers had made it into the final!

The Final

Toton ended the tournament against another Swedish team Sandsbro AIK, with both sides exchanging chances throughout the early stages of the game. However, it was Sandsbro who were the first team to break in the first half taking the score to 1-0. However, the lead didn’t last long with Toton grabbing an equaliser to take the score to 1-1 before the half time break.

The second half got underway with Sandsbro AIK again taking the early lead. However, after a couple of substitutions, Toton were rejuvenated with fresh legs and yet again managed to gain momentum to find the net with a goal from Sam Parker. This left the score 2-2 at full time, meaning the game would be decided by a penalty shoot out.

After a tense shoot-out, Sandsbro AIK came out the victors winning 4-2, meaning Toton suffered the traditional English heartache of losing on penalties!

Well done from everyone at HPS – what an amazing achievement!

HPS sponsored team