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Bright future ahead for ALC Athletic U14's

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ALC Athletic Under 14s have had another great season in the ADJFA "A" league finishing in 3rd spot,  the Woodside based side have also been busy since the curtain came down on last season with 5 departing the club while 6 have arrived through the door.

Coach Neil Paterson says it’s exciting times for the club when he said “It was a great finish to the season for us, we finished 3rd at under 13s and repeated that again this season, we got off to a slow start this season and we got knocked out of the Scottish Cup early by Deveronvale.

“The 2nd half of the season after January, we kicked on and only got beat 4 times in the league, all credit to the lads, we had to keep the same lads from Under 13s as we moved clubs, they’ve worked hard on & off the park and yes we’ve lost 5 players this season however we’ve took in 6 which will make us even stronger.

“We drew with Dyce in the league however got beat in a semi-final by them, that was a poor performance from us that day, we played them again in the league a week later, they were 2-0 up before we came back and won 3-2.

“It just shows the character and attitude that the guys have got and to finish in 3rd place, 6 points clear of Dyce is a great achievement.

“The highlight of last season has to be the way we’ve seen the lads develop, 11 a side football is a big step up from 7 a side, YFS had been at a couple of the games in the last campaign and it’s good to showcase the hard work that these guys have put in over the year not only on the pitch but also on the training ground.”

Neil said there will be no more signings ahead of the new campaign when he added “We’ve looked at the players that we’ve brought in and we’ve approached them and we’ve been offered more players and to take players in on “trial” would be a shame as 4-5 weeks later, you could be saying “look your not good enough” and the lad would then have to go and try to get another team.

“At the moment, we’re going to be working with the 17 guys we have here just now at ALC, no-one will be coming in as trialists, this is the guys we want here, I’m disappointed to lose Callum McKenzie, unfortunately Callum made his decision that he wanted to join Albion and I know Albion was in talks prior throughout the season, he’ll be missed by the players as well as he’s a great player.”

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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