The 2017/18 season saw Ferry Athletic, Dundee United SC and Celtic Boys all win doubles. There was silverware in the form of the Ross Ballantine Cup for Fairmuir, and Pitfour won the East Region Cup.
YFS takes a look at some of the top performers in the U13s Team of the Season.
Goalkeeper – Finlay Lyttle – Ferry Athletic
Ferry boasted the best defensive record in the Café Royale League as they conceded just 22 goals in 14 games. Very much the modern keeper, Lyttle’s passing ability and coolness on the ball make him an important part of Ferry’s passing style, and he kept four clean sheets as they went on to lift the title.
Defender – Rhys Hoon – Carnoustie Panmure
The Carnoustie Captain drew plenty of plaudits as he established himself as one of the top defenders in the top flight. A strong centre back that’s comfortable on the ball, he picked up the Man of the March award in the Jubilee Cup final.
Defender – Jamie Bruce – Dundee United SC
Bruce may have had his heart set on a midfield role at the start of the season but established himself as one of DUSC’s top defenders as they won the J Clenaghan League. He helped his side to a clean sheet in the final of The Marshall Cup as DUSC completed the double.
Defender – Ryan Anderson – Riverside CSC
The 2017/18 season may not have brought Riverside silverware, but they established themselves as one of the sides to beat in the Café Royale League. Captain Anderson helped Riverside to three domestic clean sheets and the second best defensive record in the Café Royale League.
Midfielder – Stuart Heenan – Fairmuir
The powerful midfielder was in sparkling form, as he bagged nearly 40 goals from midfield. His direct running and clinical finishing caused every defence he faced problems, and he showed his class in the final of the Ross Ballantine Cup as he netted Fairmuir’s third goal.
Midfielder – Brodie Cussick – Fairmuir
Cussick is the perfect compliment for Heenan in the centre of Fairmuir’s midfield. His fearlessness in the tackle and composure on the ball make him one of the strongest players in the league.
Midfielder – Aiden Lockhart – Ferry Athletic
The phrase “big game player” is an apt description for the Ferry midfielder, who netted both their goals in the Jubilee Cup final, and a last-minute winner against Riverside in a potential title decider. A dead ball specialist that returned a double-digit goal tally from midfield, Lockhart will be an important player for Ferry over the coming seasons.
Midfielder – Adam Leese – Pitfour FC
Leese was an instrumental part of the Pitfour side that won the East Region Cup. A strong tackler with the ability to unlock defences with his passing ability, Leese is one of the top players in his position.
Forward – Thomas Drysdale – Pitfour FC
Drysdale netted 36 times for Pitfour, including the winner in the East Region Cup final, as he and his teammates ended their debut season at 11-a-side football on a high.
Forward – Josh McGuire – Celtic Boys
The pacey forward was in top form as he netted over 20 times as Celtic won the P Gibson League. He ended the season by bagging four of their goals in the Celtic Jubilee Cup final win over Mearns.
Forward – Blaike Kyles – Ferry Athletic
Ferry’s “silent assassin” may have missed a chunk of the season through injury, but that didn’t stop him scoring nearly 30 goals for the Scottish Cup Quarter Finalists. Kyles pace and predatory finishing make him a threat no matter the opponents.
Goalkeeper – Finlay Moncrieff – Pitfour FC
Moncrieff played a pivotal role in Pitfour’s success with several top performances throughout the season.
Defender – McKenzie Martin – Ferry Athletic
Another key member of Ferry’s backline, Martin’s passing ability combined with his defensive attributes make him a nightmare for strikers to play against.
Midfielder – Matthew Brown – Mearns YFS
The winger netted 15 times for Mearns in their debut season. Two goals in their cup final against Celtic Boys capped off a strong season for Brown.
Midfielder – Scott Hamilton – Carnoustie Panmure
Hamilton played a multitude of positions for Carnoustie, but still managed to find the net over 20 times for the Jubilee Cup finalists.
Forward – Aiden McDougal – Riverside CSC
The big striker was an important player for Riverside, netting their goal in the Ross Ballantine Cup final and helping them to a second-place finish.