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Jimmy Johnstone Academy under-14s lost just one game on the way to winning the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL League A. They beat closest rivals Kirkintilloch Rob Roy by four points, and racked up an impressive goal difference of 34 on their way to the title.
On top of the league triumph, they added two trophies to the season's haul, winning the Knockout Cup and the Condorrat Cup. They even had the chance to add a fourth trophy but lost the League Cup final to Cumbernauld Colts Blues.
The preparation for this season's triumph came after a setback in the 2013-14 season.
"The team grew up this year, winning high pressure games that last season we maybe would have lost points in either by drawing or losing. Why was this? I think the turning point came last season after we missed out on a place in the final of the Knockout cup – leading 3-1 with eight minutes left we ended up losing the match. That hurt and for a lot of the players it was the first major disappointment of their young careers. After this game we set the target of winning our remaining league games, we went on a run of winning the remaining 10 including beating that years league champions at home. They had only lost one game all season," coach Steven Henderson told Youth Football Scotland.
"We carried that form into this season and with every win confidence grew, which is a good thing without becoming complacent. We carried this form into other domestic competitions and we knew that we could compete with teams around us on all fronts. This helped lead us to three cup finals, two of which we have won with one to go and of course the league."
Jimmy Johnstone's three victories over runners-up Kirkintilloch proved vital in lifting the league trophy, but picking up points against other teams were just as important to Henderson.
"There were probably three matches that sticks out as vital wins. Just before Christmas a 2-1 away win to Lenzie meant we finished the year top of the league. The 2-1 home win against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, 1-0 down with five minutes left to turn it around against a team who finished second put us in pole position, and finally the 2-1 away victory over Moorlands. We had seen both Gartcairn and Kirkintilloch drop points against Moorlands and we knew if we could get points there then it would put us in a strong position," Henderson said.
As with many league-winning teams, every player contributes to their success but building from the back with a top quality goalkeeper and attacking full backs has been crucial.
"I have been here for six years and every player at one stage or another has contributed massively to what the academy has tried to achieve. If I was to pick anyone out I guess it would be our award winners. Ben Shaw for his consistency reliability and on field desire to win has driven us forward. Lucas Nelson's performances in goals have exhumed confidence throughout the back four and allowed us to play with a creative freedom built from the back. And last but by no means least Owen Sweeney who over the year has developed into a fantastic attacking full back linking up play from back to front and chipping in with a few match winning spectacular goals," Henderson said.
Their aim for the future: keep developing their players into the stars of the next generation.
"[We want to] continually progress, and progress for us is success in the national and regional sense. We want to show that we can not only win our domestic competitions but the nationals too. The end goal for us as an academy is to be successful but how do we gauge success? It’s to develop these players so they can move to the next level but at the same time be successful on the pitch," Henderson said.
Congratulations to Jimmy Johnstone Academy under-14s, 2014-15 Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL League A winners!
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East Kilbride FC under-17’s defeated Harmony Row to claim the Glasgow & District U-17 League title at K-Park on Thursday night, in a thrilling league decider.
Late goals from Gavin Millar and Ryan White were enough on a memorable night for Kilby, marking a terrific conclusion to a memorable season.
Graeme Mullin’s men went into the game knowing that a draw would be good enough to secure the title, with Harmony Row needing a victory, and a tense first half saw little in the way of chances, with EK coming closest on the half hour, but Tommy Marshall’s effort was blocked by the excellent Kieran Beaton, and half time arrived with the game goalless.
Airdrie United 16s completed triumphed in both league and cup competition this season. They are delighted to have won the West Lothian AYFC 16s A Division, dropping just eight points throughout their campaign and going unbeaten. They were presented with the league trophy (pictured, right) last weekend and coaches, players and supporters alike are all very proud of the achievement.
In addition, they have just won the Arthurlie Juniors football tournament in Barrhead. Coming up against Rangers SABC in the final, the team triumphed 4-0 to lift the trophy for the second season in a row. The weather was terrible but the boys were pleased to retain the title.
Airdrie reached two further finals this season and were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Bo'ness United in the County Cup final. They also completed in the Ayr International Tournament, losing out by a single goal against Croftfoot.
All in all it has been a great season with a great bunch of boys and they are already looking forward to next season!
The 2014-15 East Dunbartonshire School Football season was a highly successful one for Lenzie Academy. The Academy’s teams scooped no less than three league titles - at under-15s, under-16s and under-18s.
With plenty of talent on display from all schools, the under-15s league was very competitive. However, a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Turnbull HS followed by a fantastic 3-2 win at Bishopbriggs proved crucial for Lenzie. The championship was clinched with an emphatic 7-0 win over neighbours St Ninian’s Kirkintilloch.
At under-16 level, Lenzie were undefeated in their campaign. Keenly-contested draws against Douglas Academy and eventual Scottish Cup winners Boclair Academy provided a springboard to success. Inspired by skipper Andrew Henderson, Lenzie followed up with victory over Bishopbriggs and finished the job with a win against Turnbull.
Lenzie’s seniors (pictured, right) notched excellent away triumphs at Turnbull, Kirkintilloch and Boclair, setting up a crunch match at St Ninian's in February. Although the home side struck first, a late equaliser from Callum Dely secured a vital point for the Academy and clinched the U18s title.
Finally, just last week, the school football club enjoyed a bonus as the U14s became the fourth age group to capture silverware, lifting the EDC Cup with an exciting 5-1 win over Boclair.
Lenzie’s ‘Director of Football’, PE Principal Russell Imrie, was understandably delighted with the achievements. He commented: "This has been the most successful football season in Lenzie Academy's history. Winning four trophies was not easy and is a result of the talent and hard work of Lenzie Academy pupils, but also the dedication and leadership of staff. The school is excited for next season already!"
East Dunbartonshire Schools FA - League Tables 2014-15
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The team prepared for the season in perfect fashion, beating Ayr Boswell to win the Loch Lomond Tournament, and continued with a successful start in the League Cup.
They also coped well with the departure of two players to pro-youth teams but missed out on a double after losing in the semi-final of the Central Region Cup and the League Cup final.
Manager Alan Adam pinpoints matches against top opposition as turning points in their season.
"A few teams in the league had slow starts due to squad changes and Cumbernauld Star emerged as early contenders. Our first game was end to end with Star taking their chances to lead 4-1. This is where the boys showed their fighting quality by getting back to 4-4," Adam told Youth Football Scotland.
"The last game against Star was again a cracker and our keeper made a wonder save to ensure we won 1-0. The boys travelled to Carronshore to play a confident Gairdoch who were keen to get a first win against the boys. The boys put on a great performance and won 6-1 to secure the league."
Four of the team's players represented the regional team this season, with one player struggling with a long term injury.
"Ben Fitzpatick, Stevie Kyle, Ally Dewar and Alex Miller have represented the Central Region team throughout the season. Unfortunately we lost the services of Jack Ferguson due to ruptured ACL when he was in great form. Jack has continued to support the team from the sidelines and kept the coaches smiling. An outstanding young man," Adam said.
Congratulations to Burnhead Colts under 15s, 2014/15 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth DYL A Division champions!
Craigpark Colts under 13s are celebrating winning the Central Scotland FA League B title, after dropping just six points all season.
Having taken their first season of 11-a-side football in their stride, they will now play at a higher level and the team's secretary, Stuart Caulfield, was delighted with the progress made this season.
"As a team we ended the league with the best defensive record, best goal difference and finished the league unbeaten, this is a great achievement which was achieved by the boys playing as a team throughout the whole season and when things got tough the boys and coaches stuck together and ultimately won through," he told Youth Football Scotland.
Not only did they triumph in the league, but Craigpark also impressed in the cup competitions as well beating the likes of Airdrie and Giffnock Milan in the Scottish and Regional Cups, and Caulfield singled out tha match against Milan as one of the highlights of the season, saying: "The Milan game in the Regional Cup was one of the highlights of the season. In that game we defended well and attacked in numbers and ultimately won a closely competed game. "
But of course, it is the league that is the bread and butter for all youth football clubs, and a victory against title rivals Rosebank proved crucial in Craigpark's league triumph.
"The decisive games where the ones against Camelon away, Rosebank at home and Lenzie," Caulfield said.
"In all these games the boys performed great and got the results required. Against Camelon and Rosebank the boys dug deep and pulled out the performances that saw us take all 3 points. Against Lenzie at home the boys went down 1-0 early on with a debatable penalty but this spurred the boys on and they then produced a magnificent foot balling display which resulted in us winning 8-1. At the end of the game the Lenzie coach commented 'you gave us a footballing lesson there'".
Caulfield believes that teamwork has been the key for Craigpark this season, especially when the team has found things difficult on the park.
"The boys have learned that they win and lose as a team. When times get hard you need to rely on your team mates and keep fighting. I think they have grown in stature and confidence throughout the season and now believe they are capable of competing and winning against any opposition, which is what the coaches have known all season," he said.
It was that teamwork and togetherness throughout the Craigpark team that has been most impressive for Caulfield. While some teams rely on a single player or two to pull the team up a level, a strong defence, coupled with a natural attacking instinct have laid the foundations for Craigpark's success.
He said: "I think the whole team have performed fantastic. All stats show that we finished the top goalscorers and with the best defence in the league but this are due to the team as a whole and not individuals. So I would like to give every single player a special mention and encourage them to continue their form into next season."
It hopefully will not be the last of Craigpark's success, and they have already turned their heads towards next season, even dreaming of Scottish Cup glory.
"Our ambition for next season is to continue to play some great attacking football. We will be in a higher league which will result in us player better stronger teams. I am sure the boys will manage with the stronger challenge. Ideally we would love to compete in the league and have a long run in the Scottish cup and the regional cup. It would be fantastic to see the boys lift the Scottish Cup next season," Caulfield said.
So the bar has been set even higher and, judging by this season's success, the 2015/16 season could bring yet more joy to the players at Craigpark.
Moorlands put on a strong team performance to lift the League Cup although Colts made them work hard for victory.
The Uddingston side almost enjoyed a dream start in the fifth minute when they were awarded a penalty after Logan Jackson was fouled in the box. The chance was passed up however as Sean Monaghan hit the post.
Less than 10 minutes later, Monaghan more than compensated by firing Moorlands ahead with a swivel and shot into the corner of the net.
Holders Colts came storming back and the Reds defence had to be at their best to repel the danger from lively forwards MacKay and McAteer.
As usual, Cumbernauld also looked a threat from set pieces and Mikey McGarahan twice came close with powerful headers.
The second half began much as the first ended with Colts in search of an equaliser and, following a corner, Moorlands' Mark Skelton cleared off the line from an attempt by Daniel McAllister.
Fifteen minutes later, Skelton was involved in a crucial incident at the other end. The midfield man was felled in the penalty area, earning Moorlands a second spot-kick in the match. This time it was defender Michael Clarke who stepped up and he assuredly stroked the ball home to double his side's advantage
Although Colts battled bravely to save the game, they were eventually undone by a third Moorlands goal ten minutes from time.
Skelton found Monaghan with a superb chipped pass and the striker finished with aplomb to seal victory for his team
Moorlands Reds: Lloyd Fallon, Jonnie Walker, Aiden McElhinney, Michael Clarke, Stephen Spence, Mark McNulty (c), Logan Jackson, Mark Skelton, Calvin Cowie, Dean Robertson, Sean Monaghan, Aaron McNeil, Paul Mockus, Liam Morrison
Antonine welcomed Drumchapel United to Duntocher for this top of the table clash.
Both teams cancelled each other out at the start of the match but, in the ninth minute, a Danny Hamilton throw was flicked on by Adam Boyle and Chris Donaghy headed home with his seventh of the season to open the scoring for Antonine.
Five minutes later, it was all square when the Drum striker latched onto a through-ball and chipped over Andy Carroll to equalise.
Antonine were struggling to get into their passing game but were still on top without being at their best. Scott Hutton fired in a free kick that the keeper fumbled but nobody could take advantage of it.
In the 25th minute, Joe McKendrick passed to Owen Gallacher wide on the left and, from an acute angle, he smashed home his 17th of the season to put Antonine back in the lead.
Boyle, Hutton and Dean Miller all came close as Antonine turned the screw but could not add to the score before half time.
In the opening minute of the second half, Antonine did not deal with a high ball and Miller and the Drumchapel striker came together. The referee awarded a penalty and the Drumchapel player slotted home to equalise.
This spurred Antonine into action with Donaghy and Hutton both coming close. As the half wore on, Drumchapel came into the game and looked dangerous on the break. A quick move down the left wing saw Carroll make a great save, touching ball onto the post.
Antonine were pressing without creating anything and had a lucky break when the Drumchapel striker hit the ball straight at Carroll from eight yards. A couple of corners came to nothing as game finished all square.
Antonine picked the worst possible time to produce one of their worst performances of the season and still had enough chances to win. They travel to Blairdardie next Wednesday knowing that three points against the Drum again will guarantee winning the league. A big improvement is needed from their performance.
Antonine 99s Squad: Carroll, Cairney, Manley, Kelly, Miller, Hutton, Hamilton, McKendrick, Boyle, Gallacher, Donaghy
Substitutes: Maxwell, MacIver, Sweeny, James, Doak
Antonine 99s man of the match: Chris Donaghy