It was a mixed season for Giffnock SC Reds 2002s. They are the second string of the boys club, but still managed to finish sixth in the Paisley Johnstone & District Division 1. John McLachlan, club secretary and coach of the Reds, told Youth Football Scotland he was happy with the team’s performance and that they had "exceeded all expectations."
The team certainly managed some impressive results, and McLachlan picked out some of his season highlights.
"Taking a point from our first team in a league game in December and taking the eventual league winners, Glenvale, to the 89th minute in a league game in April before they secured a 3-2 victory," McLachlan said.
However, the season ended disappointingly for the boys, somewhat running out of steam and losing their last three games. Looking ahead, McLachlan is going for another stable finish.
"Our aim is to consolidate our top half finish of last season," he said. "To achieve anything more would be a great result. Also, to have a decent run in one of the cup competitions would be a nice bonus."
With three new "quality" sides joining the PJ&D Division 1, and having six changes in our Reds personnel, it may be a tough ask. "I think we might find ourselves in a ‘mini-league’ within a league with those teams we had great games against last year, such as Erskine Athletic, St. Cadocs, Barrhead and St. Andrews," McLachlan said.
It has been a difficult pre-season too, with McLachlan finding training tough to organise as so many boys are away on holiday. "So far, we’ve only managed a maximum of 10 boys at training at any one time. Having said that, the attitude of the boys has been excellent and we hope to take that into the Barrhead Tournament over the weekend of 7/8/9 August."
It is fair to say the coach has a very positive outlook for his side, having added another six boys to the squad. "Yes, six new signings mean we are quietly confident that we will do well again this season,"
But, McLachlan is not just interested in glory, he wants everyone to enjoy themselves. “All 17 in the squad will play their part this season,” he said.
Good luck to Giffnock SC Reds for the 2015/16 season!