While the nation is captivated at the prospect of the first meaningful Scottish Premiership Title race for a number of years, an equally enthralling story is developing in the East Region’s U15 G Taylor League where five different teams are separated by three points.
Arbroath Community Sports Club (ACSC) currently lead the way having amassed 13 points from five games and are closely followed by Broughty, Dundee Celtic and Fairmuir on 12, nestled just behind are 5th placed Arbroath with 10 points. It was evident early in the season the League was going to be highly competitive. Results from the 23rd of August show narrow wins for Arbroath and Celtic coupled with a high scoring draw between Riverside and table toppers ACSC.
According to Stuart Donaldson of Arbroath Community Sports Club, "there’s a very good standard of football in the League hence the very tight top five so far. One explanation can be the high level of ‘talented young lads from all over." Understandably Donaldson is delighted at the start his side has made and is hoping to "keep up the hard work and remain in the top half." ACSC’s beginning to the season is all the more impressive considering "it is the clubs first crack at the higher League this year."
The highly competitive nature of the League has also aided the sides competing in the Scottish Cup as Broughty, Fairmuir, Forfar, Riverside and St Andrews Colts advanced to the third round of the tournament. Other clubs in the League have also acquitted themselves well, with Arbroath, Dundee Celtic and ACSC being defeated at the Second Round stage in highly competitive matches.
The result for the most recent G Taylor League game indicates the close nature of the League and subsequent matches will not be limited to the start of the season with Dundee West and Lochside playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw. As a consequence only eight points now separate ACSC in top position and 7th placed Dundee West.
It is apparent the high number of good footballers representing every one of the competing clubs has manifested itself in a very tight League full of entertaining matches.
So while the public takes interest in the Scottish Premiership Title race it is also worth turning attention to the U15 G Taylor League as the story of the season will prove every bit as interesting.