Dryburgh Athletic “deserve to be on this stage” as they prepare to meet Glasgow City in the SWF U17 Youth Cup Final at Oriam this Saturday.
That’s according to John Beatt, club chairman and U17’s manager, who can’t praise his team enough for their efforts this year.
The majority of the side have just made the move up from U15s and have enjoyed a fantastic season; they won the North East League Cup back in August and finished second in the North East League.
And Beatt believes the success they’ve achieved is testament to the players:
“From a coaching perspective, the girls have been first class all season,” he said. “They have worked so well together, and this really shows in the performances and results throughout the year.
“The girls have played some lovely football on the way to the final, scoring some fantastic goals.
“It’s been a joy to watch at times and they’ve certainly kept the supporters happy.”
Dryburgh have been free-scoring on their march to their first ever Youth Cup Final; they put ten past Montrose in the first round; three past South East League Cup winners, Broxburn Athletic Colts, in the second round; nine past Raith Rovers in the quarter-final and three past SE Joelle Murray league champions Murieston United in the semi-final.
And it’s that semi-final performance that Beatt has particularly fond memories of.
He said: “Showing the character to come from a goal down against Murieston and go on to win the game was fantastic.
“Murieston are a quality side and to win in the manner we did was a definite highlight.
“That was our first appearance in the semi’s, so we just tried to approach it like any other game and keep the girls’ feet on the ground.
“That approach worked really well during the game, but everyone was thoroughly enjoying the occasion during the celebrations.”
With the anticipation to Saturday building, excitement levels throughout the club are growing, but they know if they’re anything less than their best then a strong Glasgow City will punish them:
“The girls are really looking forward to Saturday,” Beatt said. “They’ve been working hard to prepare and are sure to be in good form on and off the park this weekend.
“We’ve got two bus loads heading to Edinburgh and numerous car loads too, so Oriam should be maroon and blue come 4pm.
“Days like this don’t come around very often, so we’re going to enjoy every moment.
“To meet a side the calibre of Glasgow City is exciting and we will have to be on the top of our game to compete, that’s for sure.”