Newcastle United lift the Salt Mine Cup
Newcastle United have lifted the Salt Mine Cup this weekend.
An unusual feat when they came bottom of the qualifying group with two draws and a defeat in their three games.
Despite sounding like some kind of morale boosting internal competition from the communist era in the USSR, the competition actually takes its name from the beautiful underground salt mines in the area next to Wieliczka in Poland.
The salt mines are up to 327m deep and are over 287km long, they are now one of Poland’s national historic monuments.
As for the football, it was an eight team tournament initially split into two groups of four.
The Newcastle United Under 15s started their group games with a 2-0 loss to Wisla Krakow.
They then struggled to 1-1 draws with both Poles Legia Warsaw and Lokomotiv Kijow.
However, the group matches only decided who would play each other in the knockout stages, rather than anybody facing elimination at that early stage.
So after finishing bottom of Group A with two points, Newcastle played Nottingham Forest who had topped Group B with seven points.
The obvious scoreline….Newcastle running out 4-0 winners!
In the semi-final they then beat Polonia Warsaw by that same 4-0 scoreline, to set up a final against Wisla Krakow.
Despite losing to the Polish team in the group stage, Newcastle ended the final 2-2, with penalties to decide it.
Newcastle United lifting the Salt Mine trophy after winning the spot-kick conclusion.
Nice to see NUFC succeeding at any age group, so well done to the Newcastle United Under 15s for lifting the silverware.
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