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It was so close but yet so far for Tass Thistle FC 2002s, who could have won the Central Ayrshire YFA League and two cups last season.

Thistle manager Sean Docherty spoke to Youth Football Scotland to discuss the campaign just past, and the one ahead.

"It was a decent first season at 11-a-side-football, with the aim at the start of the season being to finish in the top four of the league. Anything else was a bonus," he said.

"The league went down to the last game of the season, which was Tass Thistle v Bonnyton Thistle. Bonnyton won 2-1, making them league champions and ourselves runners up.

“We then got beaten on penalties in the semi-final against Kilmarnock Portland of the William Tracy Cup. Also, we were then beaten 1-0 in extra time in the League Cup final by Galston.”

There was, however, light at the end of the tunnel for Tass Thistle, in a season where, for the most part, they came so close only to fall short. In the CYP Cup final they were finally able to lift a trophy, as they cruised to a 5-2 victory over Galston, leaving them with something to show for their valiant efforts last season.

Still yet to make any new signings for the upcoming season, Docherty is overseeing what has been an enjoyable pre-season so far despite, with friendlies and tournaments waiting ahead before they kick-off the new campaign.

It will certainly be an exciting league next season, with teams going from strength to strength.

"With a bit more consistency about them this year Kilmarnock Portland, Galston United, and Largs Colts could be the teams to watch. Although, saying that, a lot of the other teams are a lot stronger than last season, and it will depend on how each team’s new players settle in to their new teams and how they have prepared for the new season ahead," Docherty said.

"There are a meant to be a few new teams joining our league which I cannot comment on as I have not seen them playing but will make it a very hard league to win this season."

The target however remains the same for Docherty: "The aim this season again will be to finish the season as high in the table as possible and to hopefully reach a cup final if possible at the end of the season."

Good luck to Tass Thistle FC 2002s for the 2015/16 season!

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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