Peebles U13's crashed out of the SYFA Youth Cup on Saturday, but will take plenty of positives from their run to round four of the national competition. They were the last remaining Borders based side, making it to the final 32.
Manager Kevin Ryalls was philosophical about his team’s 3-1 loss to Lewis United. He said: “They were a good team. We actually got off to a good start and knocked the ball about. But to be fair they were very fast, took control and scored a goal.
“But our goalie was phenomenal and kept it down. It was 2-0 at half time but could have been more. The last ten minutes was quite even and we got a goal back and hit the post. We could have got back into it but that would have been harsh on them as they were very good.”
Despite the disappointment of not going one further, being one of the final 32 in the country is no mean feat. Ryalls and his team are aware of what they have achieved. He attributes it to the togetherness and positive attitude of his squad.
“We have a good team spirit. There have been a couple of games where we have had to defend strongly, including Claremont in the last round. We pulled together and were brave. That is something we talk to them a lot about – the value of team spirit, learning from mistakes, being disciplined and that the team is more important.
“We will take confidence from this. They were gutted after the game, which is a good sign. But at training last night we had a chat about how good they have been. They have got to be really proud. In a competition like the Scottish Cup you are going to come up against good teams, but we’ve done well.”
Peebles are currently mid table in the South East Region Division Two, and they will now be able to turn their attentions to league affairs. They are also still in three cup competitions. Ryalls added: “We want to compete in every game and learn as we go along.
“They are young lads and they have got to learn about themselves as individuals as well as learning about working as a team.”
The Borderers will look to bounce back with an away league fixture against Edina Hibs this Sunday. Edina sit two places and four points behind them in the table.