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Will Cain lifts the trophy at Swansea with his Sunderland team-mates

23rd Apr 2018

Will Cain lifts the trophy at Swansea with his Sunderland team-mates

SUPER skipper Will Cain has described his delight after helping Sunderland's fantastic Under-13s team to glory in an international competition.

The Dyke House College student, from Hartlepool and a former pupil at Holy Trinity, was part of the Black Cats' academy team that successfully overcame some of the top sides in Europe.
Sunderland's Under-13s won the Premier League International Tournament at Swansea City's training ground over the weekend, with Cain playing every minute and captaining the boys.
He said: "I was proud to captain the team and be a part of the best Under-13s team in the country. We worked hard as a team and showed desire, which paid off. We have beaten some of Europe's best teams to achieve this."
Sunderland - who included two other Hartlepool students in their side, Luke Woolston and Joe Ryder (High Tunstall) - had to beat the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea to win the trophy.
Cain and Co managed to put some smiles back on the faces of staff at the Academy of Light on a weekend when the senior side suffered relegation from the Championship.
Sunderland's Under-13s were drawn in a tough Group B consisting of Liverpool, Anderlecht and Stoke. Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Atalanta and hosts Swansea were in the other pool.
Sunderland won the first game fairly comfortably 2-0. The second was a tighter affair against Stoke when it was goalless until the closing stages until a last gasp winner send Sunderland top.
Sunderland secured the draw that was required against Liverpool to win the group on the Sunday, teeing up a final against Chelsea.
It was an extremely tight climax with very few chances. Sunderland took the lead after winning a penalty near the end of the first half, but Chelsea's high press after the restart earned an equaliser.
Neither team could find a winner in normal time so the game ended up going to penalties. Sunderland's goalkeeper proved the match hero by making two saves and scoring one to secure a 7-6 success.
It was a fantastic weekend for Cain, a Year 8 student enrolled on Dyke House's Elite Development Squad, and the rest of the squad and was reward for all their hard work this year.