SYFA Challenge Cup finals 2012 preview article
Author: Ross Mitchell
Having reached their first final of the SYFA Challenge Cup, which will be contested on Sunday against Banchory, I look at how this Bellfield Royals’ side has been shaped over the years.
In 2003, the first training session was held for Under 8s from the Bellfield area. From there on, the group competed in 7-a-side competition where they developed a reputation of being able to hit double-figures regularly. During this period one of Bellfield’s players, an attacker named Mark Thomson, was picked up by Kilmarnock F.C. where he still is as part of their Under 17s squad.
After the move into 11-a-side, Bellfield continued to be successful. They won the Central Ayrshire Youth Division twice in a row. The Central Ayrshire Youth Division was a league containing mostly teams from the Kilmarnock area and this league merged with the West Ayrshire League, made up of mainly teams from Ayr.
After the two leagues merged, Bellfield remained as successful as before going unbeaten in the league for years and on the way, winning the title three years in a row – including this season’s competition. Bellfield were also able to add a number of League Cup triumphs to their massive haul of trophies during their time in 11-a-side.
With such success it is only natural that the team loses players to bigger clubs and Bellfield have seen a few players move on. Defender Euan Blair has moved from the Royals to Greenock Morton’s Under 17s squad and Adam Fraser has moved onto to Ayr United. Other players have attracted interest from big sides, with Sam McCloskey having a trial with Celtic recently and Stranraer showing interest in Ryan Golightly.
With the morale high among the tight-knit group the players, coaches and supporters are heading to Airdrie hopeful of taking the trophy back to East Ayrshire. However, there are a few nerves in the camp. The squad have the chance to make history as the only side in the club’s 49 year history to win five trophies in one season. Already, Bellfield have won the league and League Cup with three more finals to come this season.