Some say the Barclay’s premier league is the best league in the world, with the most competitive, the most enthralling, and the most upsets. Does it have five teams separated by only four points and all vying to claim top spot come the end of the season? No, didn’t think so. However, the Central Ayrshire Youth FA U14’s division has exactly that.
With around eight games into the league season nobody would have expected such a closely fought battle from so many sides that we currently have on our hands. AC Irvine sit top of the pile with 20 points while KSC Barca are the back runners in fifth on sixteen points. Largs Colts, Valspar FC, and Coylton FC are the remaining teams which make up this five way title race.
As a result of the fine margins which currently separate the teams, there are undoubtedly going to be exhilaration, deflation and a plethora of changes in league positions before the season is out. If being crowned Champions at the end of the season is the goal, with this division being so tightly balanced, then you must aim to be taking the three points against your fellow challengers on as many occasions as possible.
AC Irvine head coach Chris echoed this view “It’s been a cracking start for us and we’ve been involved in some really competitive games that could’ve gone either way.
I really don’t think there’s any room for complacency in the league as it’s already proving to be a division where just about anyone can take points off of each other. As a club, our aim is consistency! If we can build up good form and carry that from game to game, week to week, we’ll be up there challenging.”
Largs Colts only sit two points behind top of the table AC Irvine and head coach secretary and Campbell Coupar is thrilled with the freshness the division is providing. “As expected the league is highly competitive this season with teams from the west and CAYFA coming together. The variety of teams to play is great and keeps it fresh. It’s been good meeting like-minded coaches and we are pleased with the start the Colts have made, in particular the style of pass and move football being played.”
Having such a tightly fought league can only be a positive and to see so many teams in the running to win the title is refreshing as the coaches from the various teams have stated.
Valspar FC coach Richard McNulty is delighted that the league has so many teams vying for top spot “The league has been really competitive this year with some really close games. There is a long way to go this year with another 26 league games still to play so we are not getting carried away.
We have started well and had that bit of luck you need at times, but I genuinely believe there could be as many six teams all fighting for top spot at the end of the season.”
With a full card of fixtures on Sunday there will be a whole host of changes to league standings come the end of the 70 minutes and undoubtedly for the rest of the season. This is the league to keep an eye on. Barclay’s Premier league, eat your heart out and make way for the CAYFA U14’s division.