On Sunday 15 November East Kilbride 2000’s progressed to the 5th round of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup with an impressive 3-1 victory over Burnhead Colts from Larkhall.
Players from both sides were given a little glimpse of the match day lifestyle of a professional footballer thanks to Trans World Soccer as they featured the game as their tie of the round. The cameras were rolling and photographers in position as the sides took to the field past the trophy which is up for grabs in May.
The match which took place at K-Park Training Academy, a facility set up and run by the East Kilbride Community Trust saw East Kilbride start the game with greater purpose and they deservedly took the lead through an excellent header from Lewis Easton. Burnhead struck back not long after to make it 1-1 through a hotly contested penalty.
East Kilbride rallied and were back in front before the break thanks to a well worked goal from Jack Little. Into the second half and the Larkhall side pressed for a second equaliser but were denied thanks to some great defending from East Kilbride centre half and man of the match Calum Grassom.
With less than ten minutes to play East Kilbride sealed their victory through a Jony Wills effort from inside the Burnhead box which was met with jubilant scenes of celebrations on the touchline.
The victory will now see East Kilbride face a tricky tie away to Montrose Youth for a place in the Quarter Finals. The prospect of travelling away should hold no fears for the players having overcome a stern test from Tynecastle in Edinburgh in the 3rd round.
Greg Little, Head Coach of East Kilbride 2000’s said “I’m very proud of the boys, it’s was a hard fought victory as Burnhead are a very good side. We now look forward to the next round and a tie which we believe we can win.”
Scott MacFarlane, UK Director, Trans World Soccer, who attended the match, commented: “I’d like to congratulate both teams on what was a magnificent cup tie. In the end East Kilbride had a little too much for Burnhead and were deserved winners. It’s a fantastic achievement to reach the 5th round of a national competition and the boys can be very proud of their efforts so far. I wish them all the best for the fixture away to Montrose.”