Last season saw Largs Colts 2002s competed in 11-a-side for the first time, they did themselves proud by clinching a fifth placed finish, only one point off fourth, and sealing their place in a cup final against KSC Barca.
Colts' coach, Campbell Coupar, spoke exclusively to Youth Football Scotland regarding the season just past, and the season ahead: “The team performed well in their first season at 11’s finishing fifth in the league and reaching their first cup final”, he said. “The high point was defeating the league winners Bonnyton 4-0 and the low point was probably the performances and results in the cup, especially in losing the cup final.”
It is not all about results for Coupar however: “A major plus was that a number of coaches called Largs Colts 2002 out as the best passing team they had played during the season. It was pleasing to see the team play some great passing football at times and to have this reputation.” he declared with pride.
He foresees a few teams putting up a strong challenge for next season’s title. “Valspar, AC Irvine and Galston I would expect to be very good. Kilmarnock Portland and Tass were the only teams we did not beat last year though I believe we are much better prepared this time around. The good thing is with a variety of strong teams it will test the boys and help them to develop individually and as a team.”
So far Colts have been very active on the transfer front, adding in Fraser Blair, Louis Bainbridge, Ben Robson and Lewis Cormack, all local lads from Larg. The manager revealed that all four boys are great friends and attend the same school, which is sure to help them settle into the club with ease.
Coupar also told us that his side have a busy pre-season schedule ahead: “Pre-season has been mixed, and in the early stages, difficult, given the number of boys still on holiday. We have another five pre-season games planned as well as a tournament to round things off, which will be great preparation for the season ahead.”, he said. “Fitness will also be a big focus over the next three weeks in readiness for the first competitive games.”
In terms of targets for the next campaign, the Colts gaffer was not expecting his side to jump to the top of the league just yet: “It is likely that the league will be very different this year with teams from the West league making it a much tougher and larger league.
A finish in the top five again would be positive progress and ideally winning a cup to get the first silverware. We would love to make the rounds of the Scottish Cup outside of our region and travel somewhere. Overall, being hard to beat and being recognised as a very good football side whilst being true to our philosophy would be an achievement.”
And lastly, what does the Largs manager value as one of the most important aims for the season ahead? “Fun”, he replied.
Best of luck to Largs Colts 2002s in the 2015/16 Central Ayrshire Youth League!