|Glasgow City Cup 2012 Review|
Author: Greig Robertson
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The Glasgow City Cup returned for the 11th time as teams across the United Kingdom and beyond came to compete in the popular youth tournament. From age groups 1991 up to 2000, a total of 75 teams competed in all age groups, producing 7 winners.
The youngest age group produced two winners in the shape of Greig City Academy (England) and Bathgate Vale Pumas, winners of the Division's Championship and Plate finals. Greig City were Champions after beating Whitby Iroquois Soccer Club (Canada) 2-0: Both Greig City and Whitby finished top of their groups, with only City going through undefeated, whilst Whitby won twice and drawn once.
The Plate final was won by West Lothian's Bathgate Vale Pumas, who beat Wallsend Community 5-3: Bathgate made it through group B in 2nd place with 2 wins and a defeat, whereas Wallsend were 3rd in group A with 1 win and 2 defeats.
The 1999 division produced two more winners in AIK FF (Sweden), who won the Championship and Drumchapel United 99's were crowned Plate final winners. AIK had to get past Wishaw Wycombe in order to be crowned Champions, and they did exactly that with a 2-0 win over their opponents: AIK finished top of group A undefeated, as did Wishaw in group B. It looked like it was going to be a fairly even match, but the result tells otherwise.
In the Plate final, it was Drumchapel who were the victors, but they had to do it the hard way, winning 3-1 on penalties against Fulham Boys Club: Both sides had finished second last in their groups with 1 win and 3 defeats each, but Drumchapel edged themselves out and away from their opponents with their final win.
More success followed in the 1998 division with Cardonald Thistle and The Celtic Boys Club winning the Championship and Plate finals. Cardonald were put to the test in the Championship final, but they emerged and beat Mill United 1-0: Cardonald came through their table as group A winners, whilst being undefeated, whereas Mill United finished 3rd in group B and not really fancied to beat Cardonald. However they did manage to make it difficult for the Champions, but they were unfortunate not to get anything out of it.
In the Plate final, The Celtic Boys Club were victorious, thrashing Airdrie BC 5-1: Celtic finished 2nd behind Cardonald in group A with 3 wins and 1 defeat, compared to Airdrie who ended up behind Celtic with 2 wins and 2 loss'.
Southside FC and EK Burgh 97's emerged as the top two teams in the 1997's division, with Southside winning the Championship and EK Burgh finding success in the Plate final. Southside won their Championship with a hard fought 2-1 win over Antonine Blacks: Southside finished 2nd in group A with 2 wins and a loss, whereas Antonine would have been expected to do better having finished top of group C undefeated and not conceding any goals in the group process, so it was an impressive win for Southside.
EK Burgh 97's endured a more easier ride by winning 4-1 against Jimmy Johnstone Academy: Having finished 2nd in group A, Southside would probably been fancied by some to win against J-J-A who finished 3rd in group C, and those fanciers were proven to be right.
The 1996 division was yet another success with Ayr Boswell and Bonnybridge Youth White going all the way to glory in the Championship and Plate finals. Ayr overcame Tyncastle BC 2-0 in the Championship final: Tyncastle finished top of group A with Ayr finishing just behind them, but Ayr didn't let that daunt them and went all the way to secure the Championship.
Having finished second last in group A, Bonnybridge managed to end the tournament on a high, beating Clydebank FC 3-1 in the Plate final: Clydebank may have been fancied by a few having finished 3rd in group B, but you can never underestimate your opponents, which may have played a part in Clydebank's defeat.
In the 1994 Division, Knightswood Juveniles and Blantyre Victoria were victorious in their respective finals having both finished 1st and 2nd in the same group.
Knightswood had to win their Championship title the hard beating Larkhall United 5-3 on penalty kicks, after both teams were unable to clinch it in normal and extra time: Knightswood certainly lived up to expectations having finished as group B winners with 2 wins and a defeat, but Larkhall had also finished in 1st in group A with 2 wins and a draw.
In the Plate Final, it was easy going for Blantyre Victoria 1995 as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Albion Rovers FCBC: Blantyre finished second in group B with 2 wins and a defeat, and they were certainly fancied as favourites compared to Albion Rovers who finished bottom of their group having not won or drawn a match.
Six teams competed in the 1991 division with a view to either winning the Plate or Championship finals. Drumchapel United secured the Championship with a 3-1 win over opponents Renfrew FC: Drumchapel finished second in group B with a win, a draw and a defeat, whereas Renfrew finished above their victors with 2 wins and a loss. Elsewhere, it was Hillwood Boys Club who won the Plate final, beating The Celtic Boys Club 3-2: Hillwood may have been fancied as under dogs having finished bottom of group B with only 2 draws and 1 defeat, compared to Celtic who finished top of group A undefeated.
In the end, it was a very successful tournament and which will go in the archives of this established event as one of the greatest. Their will be no doubt that some of these players will go onto to do great things, but for some, if they don't make it, they can hold these memories for a long time to come.
For a complete results roundup from all age groups click here.