Nurmiksen Pojat, youth team of Klaukkala Bears have won the HTUM U18 Championship for the second time in club history and continue dominating the youth series. But this time the championship did come easy – FC Silver Juniors and KKK made it really interesting till the end.
Nurmiksen Pojat was the defending champions when the second season of the top youth league was about to start. Like Lupachuk has said, it’s not easy to be the favorite to take the title again and try to focus on winning the games. However, the league kicked-off really well as the young lads defeated Langer House Yuva 1-4 away. Anyone wasn’t expecting so one-sided game and that surprised the manager as well:
To be honest, I did not expected that we are so dominant in this match. In my opinion, Yuva has excellent, game-winning squad in they hands so this definitely is a big surprise for me – although positive one.
Next week they faced Young Charlemagnes twice in a week. First in friendly and later in league. After the great win Nurmiksen Pojat may underestimated they opponent and the friendly ended to a goaless draw. That was clear reminder to a club board that there is no easy games. The manager changed the tactic a little bit and that work – 0-4 win from Poland was comfortable result and but the manager wasn’t sure at all how it would end. In the end, he was happy man:
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The friendly against them few days earlier was a good reminder that we have to play every game as it would be our last. And as a defending champion we have to keep the flag high. We did what we have to and I’m happy for the result.
The team defeated FC Silver Junior next week 5-2 which was really important three points. Next week they faced KKK in thrilling encounter which was expected to be decisive match regarding the championship. KKK took 2-0 home win and increased the gap to three points between the two teams. The manager was confused about the performance of the boys:
This weren’t their best games. Not even close. We are the defending champions and we were told to the boys that the team who gets three points are closer to be crowned to a champion in the end of the season. Maybe they had some pressures. I don’t know. They are just children and we have to remember that.
It clearly showed the board have had a little chat with the boys because of the great head to head victories from Manse JR. At the same time KKK was defeated by FC Silver Junior and Nurmiksen Pojat was back in the driver seat with better goal difference. But next week the KKK were about to come a short visit to Finland. And this time the boys did not let the visitors to go away with full points. The match ended to a 2-2 draw and Nurmiksen Pojat maintained in the first position in the league standing. Meanwhile, FC Silver Juniors were closing the gap for the two leading teams.
FC Silvers had to take full points from next week fixture against the league leaders to stay in the championship fight. The match was close – really close but the home side was decide to win the match and on the 85th minute Tomáš Karban got through the defenders and put the ball to the back of the net. Final result 2-1 meant that the Czech were equally points than the Nurmiksen Pojat and KKK had.
The championship was yet again decided during the last two rounds. In the 9th round, the finnish side faced the polish team Young Charlemagnes which had made some serious stuff on the pitch. They had won both FC Silver Juniors and KKK twice during the 10th round season and were clearly came to to Finland to look for the 3 points. But the finnish side was ready. They knew young polish team was defeated both title contenders and if they would have won it, the championship would have slipped from the hands of finnish team. However, Nurmiksen Pojat took 5-2 victory and stayed in the driver seat and only one match reaming against the 6th placed Yuva, the team was almost renewing the championship. But, there was still one game to win where anything can happen:
We are not there yet. We have difficult game ahead of us against the Indian side. We don’t know whether they have got any new players to starting eleven. They have strong team. As I said in the first round, they have very good team and may be the title contenders this season. They have had just bad luck this season. We have to play with our strengths and hope that it’s enough for the win.
And it was. Nurmiksen Pojat defeated Langer House Yuva by six goals and secured the championship for the second time in consecutive seasons. In the final standings the finnish side won the title by having better goal difference than the Czech team, FC Silver Juniors. Club manager was delighted for the victory and the championship.
This is a great feeling! Defending the title successful was our main target this season although we knew it would not be easy. The boys deserves to be on the highest podium. They have done great job during the long season and now it pays off. I wan’t to congratulate KKK and FC Silver Junior for the fight till the end. I’m happy the be part of this great community and youth league. We will celebrate holding the title few days and then start to concentrate for upcoming season in HTUM U18 Championship.