The SYFA Youth Cup is well underway, with the fifth round of the tournament just around the corner. So far, it has proved to be a successful cup campaign for the North region, with nine teams still in contention throughout the various age groups of the competition. YFS caught up with coaches from these teams to review their results so far, and look ahead to their upcoming fixtures.
There are three 2003 teams still in the competition, with Dyce Boys Club, Banks O’Dee Albion and Lewis United Youth all progressing to the fifth round of the competition. This is a fantastic feat for their first year at 11-aside. All three teams will, this weekend, enjoy a home advantage and hope that this will favour their chances in the fifth round of the competition.
Culter Colts are the last remaining team in the 2002’s age group, having won their first three fixtures without the advantage of playing at home. However it was a home victory against East Stirlingshire Galaxy that secured their place in the fifth round of the competition. Coach of Culter Colts, Kenny MacPherson, said, “This is a great achievement for the boys. There’s probably six or seven of the squad today that have been with us since they were five years old. It’s great that they can see that loyalty to a team does pay off. There’s no doubt that it’s a bit of pressure going into next week’s game but we’ll enjoy it!”
Only one team from the region remains in the 2001’s age group, with Lewis United Youth the last team standing in the competition from the North. They have faced some tough competition, defeating local rivals Banks O’Dee Albion 5-0 in the first round, and claiming an impressive victory over Formartine United Youth in the second. A 6-2 win saw them knock out Milton Rovers YFC in the third round while their fourth round match came down to penalties, where Lewis saw four on target to their opponents’, Syngenta Juveniles, three. They now look ahead to the fifth round where they will face Blue Brazil of Cowdenbeath in an away fixture, hopeful of progressing to the quarter finals.
Lewis United are also still represented in the 2000’s age group, alongside local rivals Banks O’Dee Albion. Last season, Banks O’Dee 2000’s made it to the semi-finals, where they were edged out of the competition by Crosshouse FC. This season they are hoping to go even further, as club secretary Patrick Ritchie explained. He said, “Because we reached the semi-final last year, there is a real hunger amongst the squad to go on and get to the final this year. We have the team and the squad that are capable of doing this but, as in any cup, you need a wee bit of luck to achieve it. All that we can do is ask the boys to improve season on season.”
Two teams remain in the competition in the 1999 age group, through Culter Boys Club and Fraserburgh Link-Up YFC. Neither side are strangers to the competition with Fraserburgh having done particularly well in previous years. Two seasons ago, they reached the semi-final where they were knocked out of the competition by Westwood Rovers FC. Much like Banks O’Dee 2000’s, they will be eager to push even further in the competition this year. Meanwhile Culter, who beat Johnstone Burgh BC 4-3 in the fourth round, continue their run of home games against Hillwood BC this weekend.
As the competition becomes even tougher, all of the remaining teams from the North region will be hoping that their success continues and that they can go even further. YFS wish all of the teams taking part in the fifth round the best of luck in the Scottish Cup and throughout the rest of their season.