Dover Athletic Under-15s experienced global tournament football last weekend when they competed in the Valencia FC Cup in Spain.
Whites' youngsters made it to the semi final, narrowly losing 7-6 on penalties to an Egyptian side.
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Under-15s Manager Will Graham reports on their European adventure:
"I am extremely proud of the boys for the way they have played, behaved and represented Dover Athletic. The whole weekend was a great experience for them.
We played a Scottish team from Dumbarton in the first game and beat them 2-0 with goals from James Rigby & Liam King. In the second game we played Sporting De Holronzo (linked with Atlético Madrid) and beat them 8-0 with goals from Lee Dehara (3), Luc Bates (2), JJ Donnelly (3).
Then our final league game saw us against Salvador, which is Santos of Brazil's link side. They had won their other group games 9-0 and are the best team we have ever played. We went 3-1 up through Harry Priddle, Luc Bates & Liam King but Salvador pegged us back to 3-3 with an injury time equaliser.
We finished runners-up in the group stage, and we faced Group One winners Ecole Oasis de Maddi of Egypt, the team which knocked out ex-Dover players Lee Spiller & Tony Browne's Soccer Elite team in the group stage.
We camped in the Egyptians' half for 90% of the game but couldn't find the net. We hit the bar and post, their goalkeeper saved everything and so the match went to penalties. Unfortunately for us we were beaten 7-6.
The excellent Brazilian side Salvador beat the Egyptians in the final 6-0, which shows how close we came to winning the tournament.
All in all, what a great experience for the boys and the management. Dover as a town and football club should be proud of the boys achievements."
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