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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle United's kids lift Cumberland Cup after 8-1 win

Carlisle United’s kids stole the show as the Blues swept to a third Cumberland Cup final victory in a row.

Cumberland Cup final photo
Carlisle United celebrate

United’s promising teenagers upstaged more experienced team-mates in the emphatic 8-1 victory against Whitehaven.

Alex Salmon, who joins the pro ranks next season, scored twice and was involved in all United’s other goals.

And with youth players like Kyle Dempsey and Connor Thomson impressing, coach Eric Kinder could not hide his delight.

“The performance, especially from the young ones, was terrific and we thoroughly deserved that scoreline,” he said.

“The Cumberland FA tell me it’s the first time a club has won it three times in a row in the modern era, so we are chuffed with that.”

Dempsey also scored twice with Josh Todd, Jack Lynch, Thomson and Mark Beck also on target.

Stuart Shaw claimed Whitehaven’s consolation and Kinder praised the west Cumbrians – managed by former United midfielder Stuart Green – for their approach to the game, and tipped them for Northern League promotion next season.

“The only time I’ve fallen out with this competition is when clubs try and kick us and rough us up. But that hasn’t happened over the last two seasons,” Kinder added.

“We were better than Whitehaven but credit to them, they scored a good goal and I’m glad they got some enjoyment from the game. I’m sure Stuart Green will get a squad together that will threaten promotion next season because they do play the right way.”

United’s youth team will face an Under-16 team from Australian club Perth Glory this Saturday at Creighton, kick-off 11.30am.

Perth have links with Burnley and are playing the Clarets, Preston and Carlisle’s Under-16s during their trip to England.

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