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Double-winning season delights Westerton

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The 2014/15 season was an extremely succesful campaign for Westerton United 2001s. Not only did they seal the Glasgow and District YFL title by playing some scintilating, easy­ on ­the ­eye football, but Fraser Clarke's men also lifted the pre­season Dumbarton Riverside trophy, completing an impressive double for the North Glasgow side.

Speaking to Youth Football Scotland, head coach Fraser Clarke spoke of his delight at his team's quality. He said: "Overall we couldn't have asked for anymore from the boys. Our league form was outstanding and the football we played was far better than some of the senior stuff I watched last season!"

The Westerton head coach praised the courage and grit shown by his players, despite their dissapointing exit in the early stages of the cup. "The only slight disappointment was going out the Regional Cup 4-­3 to St Peters. It was a very dramatic game, with three of our players playing on through what turned out to be broken bones ­ including our goalkeeper with a broken finger! "

"It was painful to go out, but the commitment from the boys when we were down to eight fit outfield players was tremendous," he said. "They did the club proud."

The head coach specifically picked out three key results which ultimately were key factors en route to clinching the title, one of which was a 2-­2 draw against Coatbridge in the wind and lashing rain. Despite relinquishing a two-goal advantage, Clarke saw it more of a point gained, rather than two points dropped. Clarke decribed this point as "a crucial result".

He also highlighted the 4-­3 victory in February against Dumbarton United, saying: "The game was played in traditional Scottish weather with pouring rain, a strong wind and a pitch resembling a ploughed field making playing almost impossible for both sides.

"We put in a gritty, sturdy performance and even managed to knock the ball about a bit. The victory was one of the most enjoyable I've ever experienced," Clarke declared with joy.

"Finally the 3-­0 victory of Clyde at Colquhoun Park in April, we knew it would be a difficult game and we spent a lot of time working on a game plan at training. On the day we produced, what I would say, was our best performance of the season. It was great to watch."

He also spoke of his player's maturity and footballing intelligence of how to get the right result.

"It's not all the glory of attacking and scoring, but how crucial a simple tackle or clearance can be. We've learnt how to hold onto a lead and not let our heads drop if things aren't going our way," Clarke said.

The Westerton man was not overly keen to pick out players as indivduals however, instead insisting that everyone had a role to play in their success.

"Every outfield player has scored this season, and almost everyone has played in every game. It was a real team effort, players have been versatile and both 'keepers have been outstanding when called upon", he said.

So what are Fraser Clarke's ambitions for the upcoming season in a new league?

"Hopefully to match this season next year in the Paisley and District league!"

Congratulations to Westerton United 2001s, 2014/15 GADYFL Champions!

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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