The 2014/2015 season was one that showed a lot of promise for Ferry Athletic 2002s. There was a strong challenge for the league, though they ultimately finished in third place, and a dramatic win in the Ross Ballantine Cup final, after Ferry’s Stewart Hogan plundered in an extra time stunner in what was virtually the last kick of the game.
"Despite losing 13 players to pro-youth teams over the course of the previous 18 months the team performed really well in their first season at 11-a-side," Ferry Athletic secretary, Scott Foran, told Youth Football Scotland.
"We managed a third place finish in the league and had our day in the sun when we won a dramatic Ross Ballantine Cup final 1-0 against a very good Montrose team. We also enjoyed an excellent Scottish Cup tie with Rossvale BC going down 6-5, after extra time, in very windy conditions.
"The low point of the season was a disappointing defeat against Forfar, in the league, that all but ended any hope of the league title for us."
Despite this disappointment Ferry Athletic are gearing up for another shot at the title in what is sure to be an incredibly competitive division. Furthermore, the continuing development of the club’s players is also a priority.
"Our aim is to consolidate on last season’s progress and hopefully see all the boys continue to develop, not only as individuals but also as a team," said Foran.
"It will be a very competitive league in the DDYFA under-14’s this season, with some very good well matched teams, however another cup win and a prolonged league challenge should be our aim."
In their quest for league glory Foran suggests that there are as many as five other sides capable of claiming top spot.
"Fairmuir, DUSC , Broughty , Montrose , Dryburgh and ourselves, on last season’s form, are all capable of winning trophies. However, as was proved last season, on any given day the majority of teams in our age group can take points from each other," he said.
With transfer movements dominating the news at professional level, through the summer, Ferry Athletic have done some summer deals of their own. Three new players have joined to supplement the squad and the staff will look to bed them in as they continue with their preseason preparations.
“We have continued training twice a week, since the end of the season, with sessions going very well. We have 16 signed players and that will be our pool for the season barring any departures.”
"We are due to play in the AM Soccer Tournament in St Andrews, on 1st August, and the Fairmuir Tournament in Dundee, on 9th August, which will be a great build up for the season start on August 23rd.”
With a long and competitive campaign on the horizon for Ferry Athletic every member of the team will have to be called upon to play his part. With such strong competition Foran emphasizes that "all the players we have are as important to the team as the next. This is reflected in the great team spirit we have at Ferry Athletic under-14s"
With this spirit and the quality that Ferry Athletic 2002s possess these bold aims should be within their reach. No doubt they will be expecting to add more pieces of silverware to their collection by this time next year.