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Milngavie battle to Scottish Youth Champions League title

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Sunday 14th February saw the Scottish Youth Champions League come to Port Glasgow's Parklea for the second successive season. The showpiece event saw some of the most successful teams from eight different associations and five different football regions come together to take on each other and vie for the SYCL crown.
 
Hosts Milngavie Wanderers were joined by reigning champions St Peters FC. Also returning from last year were Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers, Jeanfield Swifts, Dryburgh Athletic and Burntisland Shipyard. New to the event were Hutchison Vale - a former Scottish Cup winning side whose inclusion saw the South East Region represented for the very first time. Also making their debut were Fraserburgh Link-Up, who were hoping to emulate fellow North Region side Dyce BC, who were victorious two years ago - the last time a team from the region featured.
 
Below are the results and standings from the group stages:
 
Group A
 
Results
St Peters 1 Wishaw 0
Jeanfield 1 Fraserburgh 1
 
St Peters 0 Jeanfield 0
Fraserburgh 2 Wishaw 1
 
St Peters 0 Fraserburgh 1
Wishaw 2 Jeanfield 0
 
Standings
Fraserburgh Link-Up - 7
St Peters FC - 4
Wishaw WW - 3
Jeanfield Swifts - 2
 
Group B
 
Results
Milngavie 2 Hutchison Vale 1
Burntisland 3 Dryburgh 2
 
Milngavie 0 Dryburgh 0
Hutchison Vale 1 Burntisland 0
 
Milngavie 1 Burntisland 0
Hutchison Vale 2 Dryburgh 0
 
Standings
Milngavie Wanderers - 7
Hutchison Vale - 6
Burntisland - 3
Dryburgh - 1
 
Semi Finals
 
Fraserburgh Link-Up 1 Hutchison Vale 0
Fraserburgh faced a tough semi final tie against a talented Hutchison Vale team. The Aberdeenshire side defended well when they had to and played to their strengths, which led to a good goal by Kane McCrory. Sean Douglas set up McCrory, who swivelled in the 6 yard box and fired home the winner to secure his team's place in the final.
 
Milngavie Wanderers 0 St Peters 0 (Milngavie win 3-0 on pens)
Awaiting the hosts in the semi finals were St Peters, who beat Milngavie in last year's final. It was a cagey affair with neither team able to score, so to penalties it was. Wanderers' Grant Mackie became the hero, with three outstanding saves in a row and Darren Halligan side footed the ball in off the post to send Milngavie into the final.
 
Final
 
Milngavie Wanderers 3 Fraserburgh Link-Up 1
 
Debutants Fraserburgh met hosts MIlngavie in the final. One thing for certain was that a new name would be on the trophy.
 
William Fleming opened the scoring for Wanderers after heading the ball over the keeper as he attempted to claim. Broch equalised through Sean Douglas five mins into the second half with a turn and shot across Mackie. However, Milngavie were not to be denied, with Elliot's wicked freekick hitting the top corner and Fleming pouncing late on to secure a famous tournament victory for the Wanderers.
 
 

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