NORTH DURHAM: It was an up and down week, in terms of results for the NDUFC competitive teams, but all the squads made sure they played hard, regardless of the score.
The U13 girls, sponsored by Family Worship Centre, defeated Darlington by a 3-1 score. Grace A had a pair and Brittany H scored the other for the girls in gold, with a total team commitment to defense, throughout the game. The three points, vault the team into third place in their division.
The U14 girls drew, with a tough Oshawa Turul team, at one goal each, which now leaves the dedicated team in 3rd place, as they compete in the U15 division. Scoring for North Durham was Emma V, as the girls did well to keep their focus on good strong play, as the game's intensity grew.
The Trading Post sponsored U16 boys team, struggled at times in their game against Whitby, but almost pulled off a result in dropping a 2-1 decision. Logan Griffiths powered his first of the season for coach Cole's club, but it wasn't enough, as the heat and hard surface wore the boys down. A big shout out to the U18 boys, as they keep on giving great efforts this season, despite playing in a very difficult league, struggles with numbers, and the odd suspension and injury. The players are to be commended on their pride, and with players such as Graham Menear leading the way, the results should start turning around soon.
In a fairly tame Euro Cup final, Portugal scored late in extra time, to defeat France 1-0 and win their first ever major championship. TFC have a couple of games on the road this week, after beating Chicago at home last Saturday. The Reds are trying to stay in playoff contention, until some of their key injured players get back to form.