St Albans City Youth continue remembering fun-filled trip to the Netherlands in 2002

Danny McCafferty in action for London Colney in 2012

Danny McCafferty scored three goals for St Albans City Youth U15 East on their trip to the Netherlands in 2002. - Credit: DANNY LOO

Part three of St Albans City Youth's wander down memory lane in the direction of the Netherlands in 2002 now turns to the North Sea Cup. 

Three teams, the U15 East, U13 North and U13 South were at RKVV Westlandia, situated west of Rotterdam by the Hook of Holland. 

All three were making their first trips and the U15s had a tournament to remember as they played in the U16 category. 

They opened with a 1-1 draw against Naaldwijk, Danny McCafferty on target, and he scored again in game two, along with Stephen Pyke, to brush Nederhorst aside 2-0. 

The pair scored again in their final group game against Lynge Broby IF, a match they needed to win. Their goals plus one for Mark Savoury meant a victory was never in doubt, eventually finishing 3-0. 

It left them as the only U15 side left in the category but they couldn't make the final as they were beaten 2-0 by Verburch U16s. 

And as it had opened, their tournament finished with a game against Naaldwijk, the Dutch side winning 1-0 to claim third place. 

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The U13 South found the going tough but still came out with a lot of credit. 

They drew 0-0 in their first match against Lancon before losing 3-0 to GDA of the Netherlands. Their next two games also saw them fall to defeat beaten 2-0 in both by eventual champions Donningborg from Denmark and Kingston Juniors. 

They finished with a victory though to claim seventh place overall. Edward Ridge got the goal to see off Danish side Vinding SF. 

The U12 North also played Vinding SF, opening the tournament with a 2-1 defeat, Jack Irish getting the only goal for the young Saints. 

A heavy defeat to Ireland's Cherry Orchard followed, one of Manchester City's feeder clubs, and the also went down against Verburch and GDA. 

However, like the South, they too won their final game to finish seventh overall, Joe Citrano getting the only goal in a 1-0 win over Naaldwijk. 

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