IT WAS a hard fought battle as a group of teenagers took on a national under-20s team.
Players from Gosport Falcons Under-18s pitted their skills against the Myanmar National Under-20s squad in a friendly in Germany.
Both teams were at the Sportschule Wedau training complex in Duisberg, for tournaments.
Myanmar were practising for the Fifa Under-20 Football World Cup next month.
Due to the heat, the game was played in three periods of 30 minutes with Gosport eventually losing 7-0.
Coach Mickey Breed said it was the highlight of the trip.
For many of them, they said it was their highlight of their football career so far.Mickey Breed
‘The game was a great opportunity for the lads,’ he said.
‘The Myanmar team were in the same complex as us and I asked if we could play a friendly against them as a warm up game.
‘They agreed and for our team, which was made up mostly of 15 to 16-year-olds.
‘It was a great day for them. We could not be prouder of them because they were playing a national squad getting ready for a World Cup.
‘The lads had already beaten one team 15-0 the day before but they gave it their all.
‘For many of them, they said it was their highlight of their football career so far.’
Despite the defeat, the Falcons were in high spirits having defended well in the first 60 minutes.
By the end of the second half, they were 3-0 down. But fatigue kicked in and, with just two minutes to go of the game and the scoreline at 5-0, the Myanmar team slotted two quick goals for the final result of 7-0.
Myanmar will fly to New Zealand to compete in the Fifa Under-20 Football World Cup for the first time after qualifying in the United Arab Emirates last year.
They will face the hosts, Ukraine and the United States.
Mickey added: ‘It was definitely a game to remember because it won’t be often that the lads will face that level of skill again.
‘The tournament in Germany was a good trip allowing the team to train together and work on their team work.’