Amidst fierce competition, Cove BC U14s lost only two games to secure the top spot in the Soccerworld B League. It was a close-run contest though, with Banchory BC Hawks and Middlefield Wasps finishing just two points behind them.
In the end, consistency was the key for Cove, who were confirmed as champions after two high-scoring victories at the end of the season.
"Our biggest asset this season was consistency. We managed to maintain the same level of performance week in, week out which at this age is a massive plus. There were games when the ball wasn’t bouncing for us and we had a few slices of bad luck but, credit to the boys, they kept on going, things changed and we got the results," head coach Brian Forrest told Youth Football Scotland.
On the moments that he felt were decisive in their victory in the league, Forrest felt that it was their games against Banchory Boys and Middlefield Wasps, both of whom finished closely behind Cove.
“All three teams were challenging for the two top spots and all three were taking points off each other. I felt that our two games against Banchory Boys, where we drew 1-1 and 3-3, won us the league. Out of the three teams, we didn’t drop points against opposition teams, where both Middlefield and Banchory did, and that helped us as well,” he said.
Facing such tough competition proved to benefit Cove, as Forrest explained that his team learned a lot throughout the season: "The boys learned not to take things for granted, to work hard at training and on the pitch, and be focused during a game. By doing that, the results will look after themselves."
With their league victory, Cove will progress to League A next season and they are looking forward to a new challenge.
“We enter into it knowing we are in the big league. The games will be tough and we have to perform to the highest level in every game. Our aim is to establish ourselves in the A league and make sure we give a good account of ourselves for the seasons to come,” Forrest said.
Congratulations to Cove BC, U14s Soccerworld League B champions for 2014/15!