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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 15:42

Amateurs set sights on UEFA glory

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Author: Andrew Gill

UEFA Regions CupSome young players see their final year at Under 21 level as the end of their football career; this does not have to be the case. Many young players who have graduated from the youth ranks have progressed further and are playing their trade in the Amateur set up.

The best of the young players in the South East of Scotland who have made the step up have been selected to compete for the Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur FA in a fixture with the Scottish Amateur League (based in the West of Scotland) select at Olivebank , home of Junior team Musselburgh Athletic, on Sunday at 2pm.

Alan McKay, manager of the LEAFA Select XI and amateur side Tollcross Thistle sees this match as an ideal opportunity for his players to make a name for themselves and win a spot in the Scotland Amateur squad for tournaments such as the upcoming UEFA Regions Cup competition.

‘The Scotland Amateur manager and selection committee will be at Olivebank on Sunday so this is the players’ chance to get their names on the squad list. These young players have worked hard for years and the opportunity to represent Scotland at any level especially the UEFA Regions Cup would be a dream come true.’

‘The Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary are in Scotland’s group so players would be competing with real giants of world football’

Amateur football is an excellent step up from youth level and there really is something for everyone. There are 70 teams competing every Saturday in the LEAFA, ranging from extremely committed and organised teams training two/three times a week at the top to more social based teams lower down. Whether you’re a player who narrowly missed out on a place in an East of Scotland side who wants to keep playing with a formal team or someone who just wants a laugh with their mates, there will be a club for you. 

Visit the LEAFA website at www.leafa.co.uk for more details. Below is the Edinburgh squad along with their current team and previous youth club:

Craig Weir - Musselburgh Ams & Bonnyrigg Rose 
Scott Walker - Fernieside & North Merchiston 
Steven Milne - Musselburgh Ams & Robert Gordon University
Martyn Wallace - Tollcross Thistle & Leith Athletic
Peter Gilhoolay - Edinburgh South Vics & Liberton United
Greig Hogarth - Tollcross Thistle & Liberton United
Jordan Leishman - Heriot Vale & Berwick Rangers
Robbie Simpson - Tollcross Thistle & St Bernards
Robbie Laird - Spartans & North Merchiston
Gary Craig - Links Utd & Heriot Watt University
Ryan Moore - Edinburgh South Vics
Kieran Proven - Tollcross Thistle & Spartans
Kenny Park - Bathgate Thistle
Andy Hornell - Spartans & Bonnyton Thistle 
Michael Yuill - Alba Athletic
Paul Murray - Edinburgh South Vics
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