Barcelona beckons for the Meadows Under 15s

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Ellon Meadows Under 15s travelled to Barcelona on Saturday, April 16 to take part in the Euro–Sporting International Tournament (won which had been won the previous year by the Under 15s Ellon Meadows team.

There was a total travelling party of 47, which meant a good vocal support for the boys.

The group travelled to Barcelona via Amsterdam and arrived at their hotel on Saturday evening.

Ellon played their first game on Sunday against a German side and emerged victorious with a 1–0 scoreline courtesy of a Dylan Fordyce strike.

It was a great start to the tournament, which was then quickly followed by the boys taking part in the opening ceremony.

In the evening the group travelled into Barcelona to watch Espanol play Athletico Madrid.

The following day the boys played a team from Belgium and were held to a 1 1 draw with Harry Little getting on the scoresheet.

On the Tuesday the team had two games - firstly against a strong and physical French side which held them to a goalless draw. This meant they had to win their last game by three goals. Unfortunately they only won 1–0 against a team from Germany with Stewart Morrison the goalscorer.

The boys were really disappointed at missing out on the next stages of the competition on goal difference and not losing any games - typically Scottish!

On the Wednesday they played in a third league place play off against a German side and beat them convincingly 4–0 with Harry Little grabbing two of the goals. Harry was voted Ellon Meadows player of the tournament later on in the week by the players and supporters.

With the competition over, the rest of the week was spent relaxing and sightseeing around Barcelona, with a visit to the Nou Camp Stadium.

While at the stadium, the Barcelona players returned from their game against Real Madrid, but with large crowds gathered, some of the players only caught a brief glimpse of the Barcelona centre-half, Piquet.

The group travelled back early on Saturday morning, with team manager Robert Shand commenting: “Although disappointed at not reaching the final stages of the tournament, it has been a great experience for the boys.”