"At the start of season, our aim was to progress as a club, create a better profile and compete with better teams".
Those the words of Blantyre Soccer Academy U14's head coach Stevie Owens as he looks to guide his side to bigger and better things this season. With a solid start being made, he predicts 2016 to be even better for the Blantyre boys.
The biggest achievement that Owens feels his team has made was reaching Round 5 of the Scottish Cup. A 3-2 win over Giffnock SC Red gave the team fantastic belief going into the last 16. A tough East Kilbride side stood in their way, and unfortunately for Blantyre couldn't take that next step to the quarter finals as they were beaten 3-0. "The Scottish Cup took priority this season for us, and despite the step up in the league standard, we wanted to go as far as we could go, and it was unbelievable", said head coach Owens.
The Blantyre revolving door has been in constant use this season so far with the changes to the squad have been the biggest problem for Owens. "We have went up a few levels in standard. Most of the boys have coped but it is always sad to see the ones that don't cope".
"Since the beginning of the pre-season there has been 6 or 7 new faces. My phone is certainly busier anyway. I look on this however as a sign the profile has really improved".
"The first half of the season has been absolutely fantastic! There have been a lot of highs and very few lows. Our league campaign had been on hold because of our adventures in the Scottish cup. If you had told me that at start of season I would have laughed"
A brilliant first half of the season for Blantyre Soccer Academy was topped off when they signed up to go to the Norway Cup in 2016 with Youth Football Scotland. "We can't wait to go to Norway. Just another way of raising the profile of this club".