Premier League surroundings eventually bring success as Welham Albion Warriors play at Chelsea and Arsenal
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 May 2018
Welham Albion Warriors got to taste life as a professional footballer with tournaments at the home of London giants Chelsea and Arsenal - and they walked away with the prize at Stamford Bridge.
The victory in SW6 came a day after they had played in the north of the city, where they just missed out on another piece of silverware when they were narrowly beaten in the final of the Emirates Youth Cup.
Albion comfortably qualified for the knockout stages and then continued their fine form to stroll into the final.
There they came up against Pro Academy who started brightly and took the lead after a few minutes.
And the solitary goal proved to be enough as despite the Warriors controlling the game, they were denied chance after chance by Academy’s keeper.
John Shearer, the Welham chairman said: “I thought the boys done themselves proud to come second as there were some great teams competing.
“I’m so proud of them and it was an amazing experience for them to be playing at the Emirates.”
His delighted mood was even better though on Sunday when they picked up the win in the Chelsea Stadium Tournament.
Albion had a much more visible hunger and started the group stages with a 6-1 win.
It led them to the semi-finals where goals from Shearer and Obeng sent Warriors through.
The final was a tougher match than they had faced all day, though, as Eversley had them same hunger as Albion.
The game was end to end and with only a few minutes left Smith was brought down just inside the half.
But he picked himself up and smashed the free-kick into the top corner to make it 1-0.
Vice-captain Dean and his fellow defender Littler performed heroics at the back to keep Eversley at bay and with hard work across the pitch, Welham hung on to be crowned champions.
The chairman added: “It was absolutely amazing, the boys really stepped it up.
“[Saturday’s game in the Emirates Youth Cup] really helped them progress and become Stamford Bridge champions.”