Team Lanarkshire boys' football team take the gold at Daegu International Children's Games

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:36 BST on Friday 20th July 2012.

Team Lanarkshire's boys' football team have retained their gold medal status at the 46th International Children's Games being held in Daegu, South Korea.

Playing in a 7-a-side game, the team netted a hat-trick of wins following success in Bahrain 2010, Lanarkshire 2011 and now again this year.

The team, coached by former Kilmarnock FC player Stevie Hamilton, had been selected from across North and South Lanarkshire, and built on the great performances at the Games held here in Lanarkshire last summer.

Commenting, Coach Stevie Hamilton said: “This is a wonderful achievement again from the boys against some really good sides from around the globe.

“The Games provide an outstanding opportunity for the young Team Lanarkshire athletes to compete on the international stage and to achieve their sporting ambitions."

The Lanarkshire team had to compete against facing Switzerland, Russia and Greece in the group stages, but despite worries, the team excelled and ran up an impressive 9-1 win over the Swiss followed by another emphatic 6-1 triumph over the Russians before winning a keenly contested 6-4 match against the Greeks.

After winning the group, the Lanarkshire boys’ team were paired against the Irish in the semi-final and snatched a 3-2 victory to set up a re-match against the Russians in the final. Despite the earlier high scoring win against the same opponents, the final proved a far tighter affair, with the match going to extra time before the Lanarkshire boys' powered to a 4-1 win to grab the gold medals.

“To have retained the gold medal status for three consecutive tournaments is impressive in any competition, and the boys' and coaches deserve enormous credit,” added Coach Stevie Hamilton.