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Keepmoat Cup a huge success

1 June 2019

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The annual Keepmoat Cup – a unique tournament which offers grassroots teams the chance to compete with academy sides on the main pitch – was a huge success when it took place over the weekend of 18-19 May.

More than 3,000 people attended the weekend of football with 1,233 players taking part across six age groups.

Teams came from across Europe with CD Rincon from Malaga, joining academy sides from Celtic, Manchester City, and Leicester City to play against local Doncaster clubs such as Edlington White Stars, Tickhill Juniors, and Sprotbrough Crusaders.

Celtic were the team to beat winning four of the age groups (U9-U12), while Rochdale won the U13 tournament and Leicester won the U8.

The tournament threw up some truly amazing moments including fantastic performances by local U8s side Hemsworth Vipers who defeated Sheffield Wednesday and one Leicester City team before being defeated in the final.

Keepmoat Cup organiser Ben Mawson said: “It’s a football tournament which has as much emphasis on the experience as it does on the quality of the competition.

“The aim is to offer a unique opportunity for local Doncaster children to play the English and Scottish champions and have an experience of playing a Spanish team. They also get to enjoy walking out of the tunnel at the Keepmoat Stadium and standing to attention for the national anthem of the winning team.”

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