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The Balloan Blog: Live from the Manchester Super Cup - Day 2

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Balloan were aiming to improve on results on day one as they entered day two of the Manchester Super Cup at Wythenshawe Sports Ground.
The Under 14s still had two group games to complete while the Under 15s just had the ones
The Under 14s faced off against Abbey United of Stoke at 10am, but they came up against a very big physical side and despite holding out for a half they were eventually defeated 5-0 despite a very good defensive performance. Next up for the Under 14s was PYE Football Academy. They went into half time just the one goal down but with 15 minutes to go Kenneth Fraser capitalized on a defensive mistake to score from the edge of the box. However PYE regained the lead late on with a quick fire double to win 3-1. Despite losing all four group games, the Under 14s can hold their head high going into tomorrow's Trophy Final on Saturday morning.
The Under 15s faced off against College George Besses of France in their only game of the day to complete the group fixtures. Balloan opened the scoring thanks to an own goal. Gavin Urquhart swung a dangerous ball in but the ball ended up in their own net. Balloan doubled their lead after Ben Kemp played a smart ball through to Liam Rowan who slotted the ball past the helpless goalkeeper. Balloan made it three when a looping cross fell to Ben Kemp who finished well with a low volley to all but seal the win for the Scots. College George pulled one back after a near finish but 3-1 is how it would end to secure a vital win for the Under 15s. They then got a bye to the next round due a team pulling out. They now face off against FC Peka of Finland tomorrow morning.
Club Chairman James Fraser was full of praise for how his team has taken to the challenge and adapted. He said: "Despite the age gap,  Balloan have equipped themselves adequately despite awful weather conditions. The pitches have become heavy causing us to change our tactics as we like passing football. However the beauty of this competition is that we still have the chance to still win a trophy."

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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