After a convincing 6-0 victory over Cumbernauld Colts on Saturday the 21st of March saw Syngenta U13s sit top of the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District League table on goal difference.
The Dyes have won all seven of their league fixtures this season; netting 35 goals along the way and perhaps more impressively, noting up seven clean sheets. This is the rich vain of form which edges them out in front of their closest rivals Milan by just one goal, but with a further two games in hand.
After this weekend’s result, Syngenta are now also confirmed as finalists for the Central Region Cup. It was a tough 2-2 draw after extra-time against Central Lanarkshire YFA opponents Jevriston FC, but Syngenta showed their resilience and composure to come through 4-2 winners on penalties.
Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to catch up with Ian Munro, one half of the Syngenta U13 coaching staff.
Amongst other topics, we discussed the ethos of which all Syngenta coaches endeavour to instil in their players, how much of a bearing this has had on the U13s recent successes and what the future has in store for the team.
There is one particular ethos which Ian and his colleague Frank have striven hard to hammer home to the boys since taking over the coaching roles with the U13’s a little over a year ago.
“Everything’s built around team work. It’s all about working and passing the ball well. We teach the boys that they have to commit to training: Turn up twice a week when they’re supposed to and work hard during every session. Then they’ll see the results.”
Results are the name of the game, and on the strength of the U13s recent form, Ian and Frank’s efforts are beginning to pay dividend. However, Ian firmly believes that these, and any other successes which may come the team’s way, should be attributed to the boys themselves.
“I think it’s down to team work more than anything. The boys know that when they lose the ball; they have to work hard to get it back. We drum it in to them that they have to work hard to keep possession.”
Asked if there have been any stand out moments so far this season, Ian couldn’t help but return to the subject of his team’s excellent passing and technical abilities.
“No stand out moments as such. I think it’s the moments during the season when you realise that all the hard work you do in training is paying off. The games where 10 or 12 passes end in a goal. We really do work hard in training and I’m proud of all the boys efforts.”
These sentiments of immense pride in the team’s performances, shone through in every answer Ian gave during our chat. Refusing to single out any one member of the team for praise”
“No, we don’t single anybody out” he said. “We’re all in it together; the players and the coaches. That’s the way we’ve always done things and that’s the way it’ll always be.”
According to Ian, Syngenta should be well placed, in spite of the dire weather of late, saying “Postponements due to bad weather can slow down a team's momentum to a certain degree I suppose. It is usually away games that are cancelled for us though so we always try to arrange friendly matches in their place at our own ground.
“We’ve got great facilities at Little Kerse. We play plenty of friendlies so the team doesn’t ever really go a weekend without playing. In addition to which, we always train twice a week.”
Speaking ahead of their regional cup victory over Jerviston FC, Ian seemed quietly confident that the boys could progress to yet another cup final.
“We’ve already faced Jerviston in a cup competition this season. We went out to them that day, but I thought we were unlucky to do so.”
“The aim is to win every competition we’re in. Take each game as it comes and hopefully we’ll win some trophies. The most important thing however, is to create lots of good memories for these young boys. After all most of them are only 12 years old.”
The dyes hope to take another step closer to claiming one of these afore mentioned trophies when they take on Gairdoch United in a league fixture at Little Kerse on the first of April.
There’s also much to look forward to off the field for the u13s. The 18th of April will be Syngenta day at the Falkirk stadium. This event will celebrate the club’s links with the Falkirk Academy.
Ian very much welcomes such events, recognising the benefits they bring to the club and local community. “These events are great for promoting the club as a whole" he said." There’s always a lot going on here. In fact, we have more than 300 kids playing for us at the minute. I’m not exactly sure what our particular involvement will be because I haven’t heard from the event organisers yet, but it’s always great to promote the club.”