Needing a win to secure the U8s trophy at the Weymouth Youth Tournament on Sunday, Bedfont Green U8 Youth conceded in the last minute to finish second.
But their heartache was soon forgotten when they were presented with their runners-up trophy by England 1966 World Cup hero Martin Peters.
It was the only goal they had conceded in the tournament, while at the other end, Kyle Carton bagged three, and there was one each for Daniel Hamlet, Ryan Couch and Daniel Choules.
The U8 Youth were one of five teams Green took to Weymouth. Another, the U8 Colts, finished fourth.
The U9 Colts had a flying start in their age group, winning their first four games and needing only a draw from their last one to secure top spot and make the final. However, they slipped up against Staines Town, who went on to lose in the final.
The U9 Youth recovered from a nightmare start to finish third, while the U10 Colts fell just short of the prizes.
Meanwhile, along the south coast at Hastings, the U13s lost just one of their seven games, but it was still only good enough to come third.
The U12s had mixed results in their trip to Minehead - winning two, drawing one and losing two to miss out on the trophies.
Back in Bedfont, Marek Bitmead grabbed the winner as the U16s drew 1-1 with Cheam Town, while Sam Willis earned the U11 Youth a 1-1 draw with Halliford Colts.
* George Woodbridge was the hero as Bedfont Eagles U9s played out a goalless draw with Halliford Colts on Sunday. Woodbridge saved a penalty to earn joint man-of-the-match honours with Charlie Bailey, who put in some hard graft up front.