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DDSL exit with pride taking Chiefs' scalp

THE DDSL finished off their participation in the Gauteng Future Champions international tournament with a hard-fought win over local side Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday in South Africa at the Rand Stadium.

Chinese club Shandong Luneng won the 12 team invitational tournament with a 5-4 penalties win over French side Paris Saint-Germain after the sides were level at 1-1 after full-time.

Craig Hanlon was the hero for the DDSL side as the Dubliners signed off in style, bagging seventh place with the only goal of the game which was played in front of a crowd of 6500 in advance of the final proper.

"It was a marvellous tournament for the players with memories to last a lifetime. We played some great football and we also enjoyed the cultural experience which included a visit to a safari park" said Eamon Mahon, the DDSL's Head of Delegation.

Managed by Jim Waldron and coached by Shay Lestrange and Christy Malone Jnr, the DDSL had a tough opener going down to a controversial penalty to the eventual winners Shandong Lueng

"We played well throughout the tounnament but we had some acclimatising problems none more so than the altitude while the pitches were quite heavy and not particulaly conducive to our brand of football" said Mahon.

"But we're not making excuses and to participate was a thrill in itself and with the cultural element off the pitch we made lots of new friends and also received invitations from the Chinese, the Brazilians and the Americans to travel and participate in their own tournaments," added Mahon. "The players were well behaved and represented the DDSL with pride throughout."

Saturday's results

Playoff for 11th position: Mumbai Challengers (Ind) 1 (Thounaojam Singh) SAFA Tshwane (SA) 0.

Note SAFA Tshwane awarded 11th position as Mumbai Challengers entered tournament with over-aged players in their team.

Playoff for 7th position: Kaizer Chiefs (SA) 0 vs Team Dublin (Ire) 1 (Craig Hanlon).

Playoff for 9th position: DC United (US) 0 SAFA Johannesburg (SA) 0 (DC United won 4-2 on penalties)

Playoff for 5th position: K Stars (Zam) 2 (Alex Sichone, Martin Chakulya) Supersport Tottenham Hotspurs Academy (SA) 1

Playoff for 3rd position: Botafogo (Bra) 1 (Cidinho) Esperance (Tun) 1 (Ahmed Sassi), Botafogo won 4-2 on penalties

Tournament Final: Shandong Luneng (Chi) 1 (Songyi Li) Paris Saint-Germain 1 (Jeremy Quemener), Shandong Luneng won 5-4 on pens