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Edinburgh City Whites Under 16's were presented with the South East Region YFL Division 2 League Trophy and their league medals by former Hearts, Rangers and Scotland player, now Sky Sports presenter, Neil McCann.

City finished top of the pile, three points ahead of runners-up Newcraighall Leith Vics and four points clear of third placed Edinburgh United in what was a hotly contested division. Fifteen wins, three draws and only two defeats made good reading for the men based at Forrester High School. The home record was impressive as they went undefeated with only Edinburgh United able to leave with a point throughout the season.

The champions began the season without a recognised goalkeeper and head coach Mike Murphy was full of praise when he said, "the start of the season saw us having to ask outfield players to step into the breach for around ten games and they did so brilliantly. Aided by a good defence in front of them, they coped very well.

"Our first game of the season saw us only have 11 players available with a stand in keeper, but we won the game 1-0 which was very pleasing."

Mike went onto explain "Over the course of the season we have had many excellent performances from players like Callum Doig, Matty Downie, Mikey Murphy, Ethan Rae, Sam Thompson, Owen Chan and Cameron Wells to name but a few."

Luckily a keeper was found and Darren Lindsay joined the team from Edinburgh City 99's and Mike was very complimentary of his keeper's performances over the season. "Darren Lindsay has had many games with not a great deal to do but when he's been needed he's responded very solidly, which is a sign of a good goalkeeper."

Every team needs a leader and even though he has not always been available, Mike had nothing but compliments for his skipper. He said: "Our captain Tommy Walker has missed around 10-12 games through injury or suspension. However, when he's fit and available for selection he's been fantastic, both leading the team and orchestrating games with his play and determination to win."

Reluctant to single out one player, Mike did have a special word for David Gibson who they signed towards the end of the season explaining, "David played eight to ten games and he chipped in with two massive goals, both against North Merchiston and both times we came from behind to win late on, showing the character and never say die attitude of the team."

After being asked about his thoughts for next season, Mike replied positively. He said, "We are looking forward to the challenge of next season and we will grow stronger as a team."

When questioned on the step up to the first division the head coach remained very positive, commenting, "We hope to add two or three players to the squad for the step up to the first division but I am very content with the players we have as we have a good tight knit squad but its always nice to add a few new faces.

"We have played a few first division teams in cup games throughout the season and had good results against them. We have also been a bit unlucky particularly against Tynecastle, where we were unfortunate to fall to a 2-0 defeat."

Apart from losing to Dunbar the only other thing out with the League that Mike found frustrating was losing the League Cup Final against Edinburgh United. He stated, "It was a major disappointment against a team who in our previous three games couldn't beat us. We let ourselves get beat by the occasion in the final but we will learn from that.

"Although winning the league was our priority it would have been nice to have added another piece of silver ware. At the end of the day we achieved what we set out to do, so after all is said and done we achieved our goal and are proud to be crowned Division 2 champions 2014/2015."

Mike finished of by thanking his sponsors when he said, "football is not cheap and I would like to thank Fabios Restaurant and Dunedin Properties for their sponsorship and support they've given us this season."

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