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East Kilbride lift B Section trophy

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East Kilbride YM under-17s won a very tough league after coming so close last year they finally got their hands on the Section B trophy as well as reaching the LFDA Cup semi-final.

Youth Football Scotland spoke to coach Martin McGill about the team's success.

"Our team performed to a very high standard and from their first game of the season we knew we had a great opportunity to do well in the league, to end up going through the league season unbeaten was a tremendous feat and it was only a draw in the last game that deprived us of a 100% record," he said.

"We had a good run in the LFDA cup, getting to the semi finals only to be defeated by a very good Blantyre side in the closing stages of the game of a very close game.

There is always one game that is vital in a team's success, and for EKYM it was a match against their biggest rivals.

"One game stands out where we played our closest rivals on their home pitch, we quickly went 2 – 0 up and we were quite comfortable until we lost a player to two yellow cards meaning we had to play about an hour with 10 men. The boys put in a tremendous effort and in the end we clinched an impressive 4 – 1 victory. This game laid a marker down for the rest of the season and set the standard that was required in every game," McGill said.

"Our team has learned that to be successful you need to put in the hard work at training and in games where things don’t always go your way, as it is the first time many of the team had won anything it will hopefully make them want more success and continue putting in the effort required.
"For myself and the other coach, we felt that having a settled line up was the best way for us to go and that it would help the full squad to grow in confidence by being part of a winning team."
As for next season, McGill is looking for further success. He said: "We hope to progress as a team and become regular challengers for the league and cups and if we can keep the team together there is no reason why we cant have further success."
Congratulations to East Kilbride YM under 17s, 2014/15 Lanarkshire FDA B Section champions!

Joe McCready | YFS West Region Journalist
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