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Portlethen SC U15s ready for anything in ADJFA C League

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The transition from playing at U14’s level to U15’s level involves many changes for the 2002’s ADJFA C-league. Last season, the C-league was split into two sections with eight teams in section 1 and seven teams in section 2. This season, the two sections have been joined and, with several teams having been promoted at the end of last season, eleven teams feature in the league. Derek Masson, coach of Portlethen SC amongst several other roles with the club, spoke exclusively to YFS to reflect on last season and share his hopes for his team this season.

Portlethen played in section one of the C-league last season and Masson looks back on their performances with a great deal of positivity. He said, “Portlethen had a very good U14’s season and perhaps over-achieved based on our pre-season expectations. We had lots of good performances throughout the season and finished the season very strongly, winning seven out of our last eight matches.” He added, “Looking back, we dropped points in a few matches where we possibly did not perform to our usual levels and that, together with disappointing results against the team that deservedly went on to win our section, cost us the chance of winning the section.”

Given their strong performances last season, Portlethen certainly have a chance to challenge for the title this season but Masson is aware that anything can happen and that early results could be influential. He said, “You cannot really tell who will be strong until you have played each team, with player movements between clubs. There are two new teams in the C-league this season, meaning there are a few unknowns at the moment. There is also a three-way B/C-league play-off [before] we know who will be in Category C but whoever misses out, there will obviously be a strong side and contenders again this season.”

Although the squad is relatively unchanged this season, Masson is hopeful of adding some players. He said, “We are looking to strengthen [the squad] with the addition of one or two more players.” In doing this, Portlethen will hope to pose an even greater challenge in the league.

However Masson’s main aim for the season is player development. He said, “[We want] to keep improving and developing the team but most of all {as with most teams) it really should all be about the boys enjoying their game of football.” 

Portlethen have started the season well with three wins and a draw from their first four games. They began with two away fixtures, a 3-0 win against Kemnay FC and a 4-4 draw to Culter Thistle, before following up with home wins against Culter Cobras and North Star. They will look to build on these early performances to challenge for the league title although at this early stage, everyone is still in with a chance, and YFS wish all the teams in the 2002’s ADJFA C-league all the best for the 2016/17 season.

Claire Gulline | YFS Aberdeen Senior Reporter
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