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Chambers Wins Bertie Peacock

Aaron Boyd won the Bertie Peacock trophy at the Dale Farm Milk Cup almost nine years ago for County Down, and this year the former Coleraine and Glentoran striker was part of Davy Bryson’s Junior coaching staff and was there to see their Captain Jack Chambers, follow in his footsteps. The skillful midfielder who has been at Linfield for the past nine years, was a commanding presence at the heart of the Down midfield and ran out a worthy winner for the illustrious trophy. He scored and was instrumental in the opening day demolition of English Championship side Brentford. Despite being underdogs, the man from Banbridge was confident going into the game, “I knew we could beat them before the game but perhaps the only surprise was the margin by which we did. It was such a great team effort from everybody and it proved that all the hard work done by the players and coaches paid off. This year, moreso even than last year, there was a greater team effort. Everyone worked excellently together. We as a group, both the coaches and players wanted to unite together to try and achieve the highest possible finish.”

However, despite the personal accolades showered upon him for his performances over the course of the week, the Northern Ireland international would have swapped them all for Milk Cup Glory;”The Tuesday was a massive disappointment, going down 1-0 against Donegal schools, which was a game that on another day we would have won 3 or 4. If the draw had have gone our way, we could have been entering Friday with a Milk Cup final to play. To me, success with and for the team would always triumph over personal accolades, but it just wasn’t meant to be.” Despite Having crammed into 5 games in 5 days on top of a long and grueling 8 weeks preparation for the Tournament, there is no let up for the softly spoken Chambers who will be back in training for Northern Ireland next week ahead of the Mayo Cup on the 20th August. “With the Mayo cup coming up so quickly on the horizon you don’t get a chance to catch a breath. The Milk Cup was brilliant, I enjoyed every minute of it and I would like to thank all the coaches at County Down and Linfield as well as my parents, without whom none of this would have been possible. It was an amazing feeling to be recognized as the Best County Player at the Milk Cup, especially for my family and in front of the Right to Dream guys, who were amazing all week. However some of the best moments were the craic we had with Davy Bryson and John Bailie, it really was a week I won’t forget. But now it is time to kick on for Linfield and Northern Ireland next year and hopefully sign a scholarship to plan professional football in England, which has always been my dream.”

Junior Manager David Bryson has no doubts over the ability of young Chambers to make it in the professional game; “When we initially went through the process of selecting Jack as Captain, we also had big Leo Brown and Adam McAleenan in contention. When you are looking for a captain you are not just looking for someone who is a very good footballer, you are also looking for someone who can inspire people even when they are not at their best, an individual who recognizes that their mate struggling and is able to help. Jack has that quality in abundance and was the ultimate team player. In the final game against Rangers, when he played in the previous 4 games, at half time he put his hand up and said that he was shattered and had to come off. Instead of being selfish and wanting to continue to play on, he understood that the needs of the team came above his own. For me that is special and he

was someone who has the ability to change the nature of any game he is involved in. It has been a privilege to watch him play this summer and hopefully he will go onto to fulfill his potential.’

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