Treble winning finale for future stars

6 months ago By David Watters

The future is looking bright at Imber Court after the Metropolitan Police's next generation of stars completed a treble winning campaign by coming from behind against Tonbridge Angels to be crowned Ryman Youth League Champions of Champions.

The Met's youngsters - who reached the second round proper of the FA Youth Cup this season before being knocked out by Portsmouth - added to their Ryman Youth League Central Division championship and U18s Surrey Midweek Floodlit Cup successes with a 2-1 win in the Ryman Youth League's 2017 Champion of Champions play-off final on Wednesday night at Tooting & Mitcham United's KNK Stadium.

Met manager Donovan Chislett and his number two Paul Burnell saw their side bounce back under floodlights at the Imperial Fields home of the Ryman South champions in south London with second half goals from Prince Eze on 65 minutes and Luke Mitchell four minutes from time after Sid Sollis had put Ryman East Division champions Tonbridge Angels ahead ten minutes after the break.

Their side, who romped home in the league by a massive 14 points from nearest rivals Woking and thrashed Hampton & Richmond Borough 6-1 in their semi-final against the Ryman West champions, are pictured collecting their silverware and medals from Ryman League chairman Nick Robinson, vice-chairman Craig Johnson and league secretary Kellie Discipline who were all at the last official fixture of the 2016-17 season and annual play-off showdown to congratulate both clubs on their successful seasons.

Divided into four divisions - Ryman Central, Ryman East, Ryman West and Ryman South - the Ryman Youth League was set up to give young players a professional club experience within a structured league in preparation for the step up to the senior game.

As well as the U18s at many of the Ryman League's 72 clubs, this season's competition kicked off back in September with 38 sides representing the National League, Evo-Stik League Southern, Combined Counties Football League, Sussex County Football League and Southern Counties East Football League.

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