International Tournament Football in Cambridge

It has been a weekend of top sporting action. McIlroy won the Open, England worked their way into a losing position in the Cricket against India, and Cambridge United managed not to disgrace themselves in yet another international tournament taking place in the city.

Cambridge United are back in the Football League (division 2 – that’s the fourth tier, in plain English) and by way of pre-season preparation organised a tournament this weekend – the Absolute Sports Travel Cup – featuring four teams: West Ham United (from London), Shakhtar Donetsk (from the Ukraine), Espanyol (Barcelona’s other team), and of course themselves.


Shakhtar Donetsk and West Ham United

The tournament was held over two days. On Saturday I watched West Ham and Shakhtar draw 0-0 (which my seven year old described as a bore draw, but which I quite enjoyed); this was followed by a more lively encounter between Espanyol and United, which finished 2-2.

In truth the three major-league sides field predominantly youth teams (West Ham had only two players who have appeared for the first team, for example), while Cambridge United fielded its full-strength team; but they performed creditably on the whole, eventually losing 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk, which, with West Ham beating Espanyol 4-2, meant that West Ham ran out winners of the tournament on goal difference.



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