Sporting Youngsters Win the “Young Promises” Trophy in Spain

José Lima’s young Sporting side had a great weekend end in Badajoz, Spain culminating in winning the Trofeo Jóvenes Promesas (Troféu Jovens Promessas).

The two-day tournament took place over Friday and Saturday with Sporting beginning Friday in Group A along side Atlético Madrid and a select XI from Vejas Bajas.

Sporting began with a 2-0 win over the Vejas Bajas XI in 45 match thanks to goals from Francisco Geraldes and Fábio Martins.

Next the team faced Atlético Madrid and won 3-2. This time with the goals from Rúben Ribeiro and Flávio Silva. The two Atlético Madrid goals coming from two penalties which, according to the Sporting official website, were non-existent.

These results lead to a full 90 minute game against Villarreal in the final which ended in a superb win for the Sporting youth side. The youngsters were 5-0 up after just 23 minutes. Goals game from Lisandro Semedo, José Postiga (x3), and Daniel Podence with the game finishing 5-1 at the end.

José Lima’s team for the final was: Vladimir Stojkovic; Bernardo Carlos, Domingos Duarte, Hugo Meira, João Serrano; Braima Candé, Francisco Geraldes, José Lúcio; Lisandro Semedo, José Postiga, Daniel Podence

The team completely changed for the second part of the game when the team was: Guilherme Oliveira; João Marques, Bruno Wilson, Vumi Mpasi, Rúben Ribeiro; João Palhinha, Gelson Martins, Fábio Martins; Matheus Pereira, Mama Baldé, Flávio Silva.

Sporting youngsters also scooped awards with winners including José Postiga (top scorer, 3 goals), Daniel Podence (young promise) and Francisco Geraldes (best player).

José Lima said after the game: “In sporting terms, everything was for the best. Winning the tournament and a rout Villarreal 5-1 in the final. Socially, coming to Spain has also been a success.”

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