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Prolific St Peters celebrate treble-winning season

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It was St Peters FC that basked in league glory this year, as they tasted the delight of winning this year's Paisley, Johnstone and District YFL League, one part of an incredible treble which they achieved this season.

St Peters manager, John Dalziel, was in a upbeat mood as he praised his players for their efforts over the course of the season, citing their attitude as one of the key factors in their success.

"The boys have had another excellent season, winning the treble and making it 12 trophies in just over three years. We've got a great group of boys, who have a fantastic team spirit and great work ethic," he told Youth Football Scotland. "As a group, they have worked extremely hard throughout the season improving physically and also developing technically, which has been evident in a number of games with some fantastic free-flowing football."

Dalziel was very aware of the difficulties which faced them in their league victory this season. He said: "We've also had to dig in and battle to win games, there are no easy games at this level, so to win the League, League Cup and the Regional Cup is a fantastic achievement, and something that we are all very proud of."

The St Peters manager felt that results against fellow title contenders this year were a vital factor in sealing the league title. He said: "We've had a lot of tough games this year as there are a lot of good teams in our league, so to take points off the teams who were up there challenging for the league was important. The games against Hillwood BC are always difficult and normally decisive, so to take four out of six points against them was pleasing. Also the games against Maryhill Juniors were close encounters, snatching a 1­-0 victory in Paisley with a last-minute goal from Haydn Stewart followed by a 1­-1 draw through in Maryhill in wintery conditions was important."

He was quick to acknowledge the application and ability of his players, who ultimately were the decisive factor in their triumph. "We also know how strong our league is and that over the course of a season they will have an important part to play, and that has undoutedly has been the key to the team's success this season," he said. 

The man between the sticks is important to any team, and that was no different for St Peters last season.

"Our goalkeeper Ryan Mclaren has been superb and has proven once again why he is one of the best at his age group across the country. He produced 19 clean sheets including a number of match-winning saves," Dalziel said. 

"Our defensive players were all influential in achieving those clean sheets, giving the team a solid foundation to build on."

The strikers also played their part, with St Peters scoring a massive 170 goals. Fraser Burns top scored with 27, with Bradley Rae and Ross McKay both hitting the net over 20 times. 

He also paid a touching tribute to his skipper: "Special mentions must go to our captain, Niall Herron, who lost his sister Eilish in a tragic accident in September. Niall has shown tremendous courage, fight and leadership this season to battle on and lead his team to the treble, a treble that everyone at St Peters FC would like to dedicate to Eilish".

Looking ahead to next season, the St Peters manager laid down the challenge to his players to repeat their incredible feat all over again. "The objective for the coming season will be to retain the three trophies we won this season, and hopefully give a good account of ourselves in terms of the Scottish Cup. There is no doubt that we have the talent to win it, we just need to believe in our ability....the hard work starts now!"

Congratulations to St Peters FC 1999, 2014-15 PJDYFL League champions!

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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