Gower Allstars are halfway to a quadruple after league and cup success
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Gower Allstars have a quadruple in their sights after another season of huge progress.
The old boys team of Hampstead’s University College School have won the Camden MA League Premier Division title for the second season in a row, having secured a 10-point lead with two games to play.
They had to settle for three cup semi-finals last year, but this time around they have already lifted the Interleague Champions Cup – a triumph which earned them 15 minutes of fame on Sky television – and there is still another cup final and semi-final to come.
Gower’s bullish boss Phil Glyn concedes he expects his charges to complete a clean sweep of the prizes on offer.
“Our squad is by far and away the best in our league so we would be disappointed if we don’t make it,” he said. “We should win the league by 16 points as the second and third-place teams are already finished.
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“Our cup win last week got six minutes of highlights on Sky and then we got the chance to chat for 10 minutes about how good we were.
“But we have been building towards this for 12 years, trying to groove a club together. It is not something which has just happened overnight just because we have got a few good players together.”
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Glyn attributes much of this season’s leap forward to the arrival of leading goalscorer Ayoub Douadi and the emergence of young midfielder Paul Cotter, who has come through the system at the club.
“Those couple of recruits have just made us a really strong team with no obvious weaknesses in terms of height, fitness, experience or youth,” continued Glyn.
“Ayoub is a Moroccan former semi-pro striker who had been playing in Spain. He is the proven goalscorer we were lacking – selfish and greedy, as almost all good strikers are, but someone who really cares about the team – and Paul is a 20-year-old kid who we have had in the club since he was 17 and who is now ready for men’s football.
“He leads the pressing game you see teams like Spurs doing so well at the moment, which has led to us dispossessing the opposition so often. He is tenacious but a good footballer at the same time.”
The next challenge on the way to the possible quadruple comes when Glyn’s men face arch-rivals Tufnell Park Rangers, the previous club to dominate the Camden MA Premier Division.
“The rivalry between our clubs goes back a long way,” added Glyn. “They won the league three times in a row before our first win.”