Benarty Astros 2002’s recently won their league – Fife Football Development League Division 1 - for the first time. We were fortunate enough to talk to Club Secretary, Kerry Duff, to find out about why they had such a superb season.
Kerry and the rest of the team were thrilled about their brilliant year. She said this about their season in general: “It has been a long hard season battling against some excellent sides. Thankfully the boys managed to keep their nerve to grab the title that their efforts all season had richly deserved.” In a league as competitive as Benarty Astros’, that might have been the deciding factor that saw them lift the trophy.
The best moment of Kerry’s season was winning 3-0 over local rivals Lochgelly Albert Colts in the East Region Cup Final to win their first trophy. She believed that this gave Benarty Astros the determination to go on and win the league: “Winning the first silverware available gave the boys the confidence and the belief.” Confidence and belief are crucial elements to winning a league title, and Benarty Astros had these in abundance.
The biggest challenge this season was a close encounter against a strong Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts side in the league play-off match. Despite a solid performance from Inverkeithing, Benarty Astros managed to progress after a penalty shootout, which Kerry called “a real test of the boys’ ability and character which they passed with flying colours.”
Kerry praised the boys' "team spirit and willingness to work hard for each other every week.” This was key to Benarty Astros successful season, along with their mentality and performance. Kerry thinks that they can keep up their high standard of football, which would result in “improving the players as individuals and as a team which will hopefully lead to continued success on the pitch.” If Benarty Astros manage to sustain their level of effort, commitment and attitude then they are heading in the right direction for more positive seasons.
Kerry also thanked the parents, carers, supporters and sponsors of the Benarty Astros youngsters: “We would like to thank them for the tremendous level of support shown to the club. Without these guys contribution our success this season would have been impossible.” This just goes to show how important these unseen helpers are, and how they are the driving force behind the club.
Congratulations to Benarty Astros on their successful season and good luck for the upcoming seasons.