Both the coaches and players at Lewis United believe the bond throughout the squad was key to their U17s SYFA Cup final success.
Speaking after his sides 2-1 final victory over Rossvale Thistle, manager Lee Youngson said, ‘At this club we’ve got a bunch of boys who want to play for each other and that’s the way it’s been since day one. We get a lot of respect from them and they get a lot of respect from us.’
His feelings were echoed by assistant manager Craig Stevenson, who was delighted with the way the team recovered from conceding an early goal. He said, ‘We said to the boys if we go a goal down we’ll pick the ball out the back of the net and keep going. The boys have great character, it’s what’s won us so many games this season.’
Describing the match, Captain Barry Smith said, ‘The first five minutes we were a bit ropey but we got a hold of the game and the rest of the half we dominated. The second half the wind was against us so we were defending for most of it but we managed to see it out.’
He was also full of praise for the support from the stands, “The supports been mental. Our fans – especially our parents – come to every game and take us to every training session. We’ve done it for them.’
Stevenson agreed, ‘The support was fantastic. We’re a big family and a big unit. We have been all season.’
And what next for the club? Smith is already on the hunt for more success, ‘Hopefully we can win the other two cups in the local area and get the quadruple.’