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Leith Athletic under-21s performed magnificiently this season, bringing home four trophies including the South East Region YFA Division 1 title.

They saw off stiff competition from Tynecastle FC, who finished three points behind them.

"The team has been fantastic this season. We went close to winning the league last season, but we went a step further this season along with retaining the Sports Asiist South East Region Cup down at Dunbar. We won the William Johnston Cup and retained the William Bauld Trophy from last season. So four trophies was an excellent achievement," head coach Steven Chalmers told Youth Football Scotland.

"Both league games against Tynecastle I would say were decisive. Towards the end of the season we lost league games against Tranent and Edinburgh University and being 2-0 down against Musselburgh Windsor with 15 minutes to go. Many would think that our league challenge would be over but we showed a lot of character to get ourselves back into the game and drew 2-2. So I would say that one game was a really decisive match in the season."

Chalmers made sure that complacency was not a factor in Leith Athletic's season.

When asked what the team had learnt this season, he said: "To treat each opposition you face like they are league champions. Give them respect. Don't underestimate anyone and never give up."

A star striker is vital for any team competing for silverware, and Leith Athletic have exactly that. 

"Every player in the squad has played their part and contributed to the success we have had. Our striker Steven Froude scored 58 goals in 38 games. Other players such as Alan Murray, Callum Man, Euan Morrice and Kevin Hamilton had a say in various games throughout the season," Chalmers said.

As for next season, Leith are able to call on the majority of their squad as they look for more silverware.

"The difficult thing about under-21 football is it's a constant cycle of rebuilding. We lost eight players due to being overage. But we are able to keep a core of the existing squad and will look to strengthen further in the hope of repeating the success of the last two seasons," Chalmers said. 

Congratulations to Leith Athletic under-21s, 2014-15 South East Region YFA Division 1 champions!

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