After an unforgettable 2014-15 season KSC are embracing the new challenges awaiting them in the campaigns to come. The Kilwinning club move up to under 19 level as CAYFA under 17 league champions, having also added the CAYFA League Cup and CYP Regional Cup to their trophy haul.
Manager John Murphy looked back on the season with huge pride, highlighting team spirit and effort as key factors in their success.
"It was a very enjoyable and remarkable season for me as manager of this great bunch of lads. The treble was an amazing achievement and I have no individuals to single out. We have played together as a team, from goalkeeper all the way through to the forwards, and also had a good bench when a change was needed in a game," he told Youth Football Scotland.
"The team have learned to work hard for each other on the park and put the effort in at training, and to enjoy each match as if it was their last."
KSC ran out convincing league winners with a few games to spare, but Murphy points to their only league defeat against their closest rivals as the real wakeup call which drove his side on.
"We lost on March 22nd against Troon Thistle and we had an off day. We had to remind the players that hard work and determination is required in every game. There was still a lot of football to be played and no trophies had been won. We can’t ever take it for granted," Murphy said.
Having lost to Troon Thistle that day, KSC went on to duly turn the tables on their rivals, defeating them in the CAYFA league cup final a month later. It was the springboard to league and further cup success, as they went on to beat Tass Saltire in the CYP Cup to clinch the treble.
KSC also reached the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, and Murphy can reflect on a season where the club was recognised at a national level, with several players going on to represent their country and enjoy success.
"Two of our boys were picked for the SYFA Scotland team to play Australia and seven were selected for the CYP Scotland team. Our captain Alan Murphy also led the national team to success in the recent tri nations tournament in Wales," Murphy said.
The club now begin their pre-season build up with great optimism on the back of last season, as the team moves up from under 17s to a new league at under 19s. Murphy looks forward to an exciting future as the hard work gets underway. He said: “Stepping up to Under 19s level will bring its own challenges and hopefully a respectable league finish awaits us next year. Our ambition is to keep developing the players and win more trophies along the way.”
“Hopefully the players will play at a level they enjoy and go on to enjoy the game at professional, junior or amateur level one day.”