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Duki Delight
Monday 11th June 2018 @ 12:59 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Dukinfield Youth Football Club is celebrating a cup double after the Under 15s and Under 16s both won the Cheshire County Cup.

Dukinfield’s Under 15s have enjoyed nothing but success in the competition and cruised to the final after negotiating five rounds. They beat Upton 11-0 in their opening game, before inflicting a 7-2 defeat on Upton Juniors FC, from Chester, in the second round.

A 7-1 victory against Brooklands Dragons in the third round set up a tie against Hazel grove United in the quarter-final, which they subsequently edged 2-1. Coached by Shaun Francis, Duki then swept past Wallasey Wanderers in the semi-final with 3-0 victory, before capturing the silverware with a 4-1 win over Wilmslow Town Cougars in the grand finale.

Shaun, 50, said he was delighted that his players’ efforts had been rewarded with silverware. “I put my side in a league above their normal age group, so we weren’t expecting much to be honest in terms of results and achievements – we just wanted to see how they’d develop as a team and individuals.

“It presented a new challenge for everyone involved, and we really enjoyed the experience.

“Our main aim was to do well in the Cheshire County Cup, which was a bit of a gamble, but one that paid off in the end. Our end result in the league was a bonus really, as we lost our opening two games but then results picked up and we only lost three all season.”

Having been with the club since Under 8 level, Shaun has seen a crop of players mature through the years. He says watching players develop is something he values. “I knew the club had a good set of lads so I wanted to get involved” said Shaun.

“One of the best things about coaching is helping players develop, so to have been part of that, and to have been successful as well, is something I’m proud of.”

Meanwhile, the under 16s beat Vauxhall Motors Under 18s B team 5-0 in their respective final to cap off a memorable campaign for the men in green and white.