Formartine United YFC 1997’s ended their season on a high, winning the Sunnybank Shield in a competitive final against Stonehaven YFC, which saw the winner decided by penalties. The score was tied at 2-2 at full time and remained the same at the conclusion of extra time. Formartine held their nerve to win the match 4-2 on penalties and lifted the Shield. Manager of Formartine United YFC, Glen Thomson, spoke exclusively to Youth Football Scotland to reflect on their season.
Thomson was delighted with his team’s performance in the final, describing the day as ‘awesome’. He said, “It was a tough game as both sides really wanted to win. We had plenty of shots on target but just couldn’t get it past their goalkeeper. It was one of our best performances as a team, as the boys just went for it. Our journey to get to the final was tough as our first game was against Deveronvale, who were expected to win the league.”
Formartine were able to overcome the early challenge that Deveronvale posed in the competition, reaching the final to face Stonehaven, in a repeat of last year’s fixture. Thomson said, “We all enjoyed the game as it was so close which made it very tense for our spectators. Both teams put their hearts into the game wanting to win. Last year we were also in the final, which also happened to be against Stonehaven, but it didn’t go our way then so it was extra special that we won, with it being both Bob [Simpson- assistant manager at Formartine United YFC] and myself’s last game.”
However, Thomson was less pleased with his side’s performance in the league, with the team having faced numerous difficulties throughout the season. He said, “I am disappointed with our performance this season in the league as it was inconsistent. It started when we played against a team in a match that we should have won easily and I had to leave early due to unforeseen family circumstances. We then did not play for about eight weeks due to the weather and then we were hit with an accumulation of yellow cards causing players to be suspended. This then caused a shortage of players, which is hard enough with under 19’s, as boys are working and getting off work can be a problem every week.”
Despite the team’s disappointment with their league performance, Formartine were able to finish their season on a high with their win in the Sunnybank Shield and were able to enjoy their win at a club event in the evening. Thomson said, “We had our meal and prize-giving arranged for Saturday evening. All in all, we had a great day. I am also hanging up my boots as manager so I have gone out on a high.”
That seems like a fantastic way for Thomson to end his time in management, and YFS offer their congratulations to everyone involved at Formartine United YFC on winning the Sunnybank Shield.
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