Football: Two more big losses for Otago youth side

The Otago youth side will be playing off for the minor positions at the Super Cup in Northern Ireland after suffering two more heavy losses this week.

The side was beaten 4-0 by unbeaten Scottish Hibernian FC and 6-0 by Brazilian side Osasco FC over the past few days to cap a disappointing performance in the group stage.

It lost its first match 6-0 to Californian side South Coast Strikers on Monday.

Otago played its best football of the tournament in the first half against Osasco, restricting the Sao Paulo club to just one goal.

However, the floodgates opened in the second spell and Otago let in five goals as the Brazilian side ran rampant.

However, Hibernian did not concede a goal in any of its three matches in pool play.

It defeated Osasco 3-0 and the Strikers 2-0 either side of beating Otago to finish top of the group.

Otago coach Andy Duncan said the side showed what it was capable of during the first half against Osasco.

"I couldn't have been prouder at halftime. They had competed, they had shown me great commitment and courage and they had shown me a great deal of maturity and patience, too.

"I really thought we were deserving of at least equal terms in that first half and I was urging them all to carry on, to continue in the way they had played.

"But, sometimes, it just doesn't happen for you.''

Otago has a chance to salvage something from the tournament when it plays off for positions 17-22 during its final two matches.

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