The 2016/17 season saw both Pitfour and Dundee West complete trebles, as Pitfour did a clean sweep of the top-flight trophies, and Dundee West claimed the second-tier’s titles and the inaugural Wellgate Cup. We look at some of the top performers from the past year in the U14s Team of the Season.
Goalkeeper – Archie Kelly-Barton – Pitfour FC
Pitfour’s number one kept five clean sheets in 12 league games as his side completed the treble.
Right Back – Callum Rae – Dundee West
Dundee West’s flying full back was a key component of their treble winning squad. The captain led his defence to 12 clean sheets, and chipped in with two goals as Dundee West stormed their way to the Watson McInally League title and two cups.
Centre Back – Kai Guild – Fairmuir
Numerous managers have described Guild as the best defender at the U14 age group, and it’s a title he’s well worthy of. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with his excellent positional sense and reading of the game. With 12 goals to his name, he’s a threat at both ends of the pitch.
Centre Back – Andrew Allan – Pitfour FC
The Pitfour captain struck up a formidable partnership with Rory Harrower at the heart of Pitfour’s defence. With just 44 goals conceded over the course of the season, it’s clear that their immense defensive record was crucial to their success this season.
Left Back – Logan Piggott – Dundee West
Dundee West’s “Mr Versatile” made the left back position his own this season, finding the net five times and picking up 10 assists, as well as contributing to 12 clean sheets.
Centre Midfield – Lewis Denny – Broughty Panthers
The Broughty Panthers man made the move from free scoring forward in 2015/16 to defensive midfielder in 2016/17. Despite this, he still managed to bag 10 goals in what was a difficult season for Broughty Panthers.
Centre Midfield – Josh Paterson – Arbroath Lads
Arbroath’s captain put in several impressive performances as they finished second in the DS Rennie League, including a Man of the Match winning performance in their cup final defeat to Pitfour.
Centre Midfield – Jamie McCann – Dundee West
The midfielder has been called the best player in either of the U14 leagues by several managers and it’s a title that only a few of his peers could complain about him having. The midfielder’s surging runs and clinical finishing saw him terrorise defences in the league and cup competitions as he scored 15 goals and assisted over 20.
Striker – Cavan McLaren – Dundee West
One of the players that benefitted most from playing alongside McCann, McLaren found the net 40 times, and created 15 goals for his team mates. A powerful forward comfortable playing through the middle or on the wings, he will be relishing the chance to take on the top-flight defences next season.
Striker – Graeme Stewart – Fairmuir
Stewart found the net 37 times as Fairmuir finished third in the DS Rennie League. A similar output next season may well see his side lifting silverware.
Striker – Alistar Alcorn – Pitfour FC
The Pitfour man picked up 39 goals in his sides treble winning season, finding the net in the Dundee West Cup final against Ferry, and in their title decider against Fairmuir. With a low centre of gravity, Alcorn’s quick feet and composure in front of goal make him a handful for any defence.
Defender – Nathan Stewart – Fairmuir
Stewart put in a number of impressive performances alongside Kai Guild in the heart of the Fairmuir defence as they conceded just 19 goals in 12 league matches.
Midfielder – Kai Meldrum – Ferry Athletic
The Ferry skipper is an imposing figure in the middle of the park, and when he’s on-song, there are few better players in the DS Rennie League. He helped his team to two cup finals and bagged a last-minute winner against local rivals Douglas in what was a fine season.
Striker – Ryan Carr – Broughty Panthers
The pacey forward scored the majority of Broughty Panthers goals this season as he found the net 18 times and picked up numerous assists.
Striker – Nairn Beaton – Arbroath Lads
The big striker was a key figure for Arbroath as they finished second to Pitfour and reached a cup final this season.
Striker – Jordan Turnbull – Pitfour FC
Alistar Alcorn’s partner in crime Turnbull found the net 31 times as they formed the most formidable strike pairing in the top flight. His deadlock breaking goal in the J Duffy Cup final ensured that they completed the treble.