Creechurch Sports Academy star, Blake Henwood, had a very successful tournament at the prestigious Blackpool Cup (26 -27 April 2016). Along with the Isle of Man under 10s team, Blake headed to Blackpool to compete against teams from across Great Britain for the coveted cup.
After months of preparation, the team kicked off on the Saturday with a busy day of three games ahead of them. They played incredibly well against one team from London and two teams from Glasgow winning all three games. The team scored a total of 19 goals on Saturday and only conceded three, with Blake Henwood, who trains with Manchester City Youth Academy scoring seven goals.
The success on day one set the team up for Sunday where they played two games. The first game was against a team from Scotland and was a very tight match indeed. At 1-1 Blake scored a free-kick from just outside the box but it was disallowed. The team pressed on and were awarded a penalty. Blake stepped up, scoring the penalty, but again it was disallowed as another player entered the box early. Third time lucky, Blake composed himself and retook the penalty, scoring and leading the team to a 2-1 victory. In the second Sunday game, the team dominated and won 7-0 sending them through to the final.
In the final, the team met the Scottish team they had tightly beaten earlier that day. In a nail-biting match – drenched and covered in mud – the Isle of Man took the lead with a goal in the last minute and took the trophy.
Blake is overjoyed to have won the cup, having trained hard over the past few months ahead of the tournament. This win comes just a few weeks after Blake lead his school team, Marown Primary School, to victory in the Isle of Man Inter-School Cup, which the team hadn’t won in seven years.
In what has been a busy half-term for Blake, he has been back training with the Manchester City Youth Academy and is delighted to have been able return to training and his coaches triumphant from the cup win.