Lasswade Thistle were crowned Under 13s South East Region Youth Football Association Division 1 champions for season 2017-18 beating Scottish Cup winners Hutchison Vale in the process to be victorious.
The club were only formed back in 2011 and the Under 13s have certainly done their club proud with this incredible achievement. Thistle won 14 out of 16 games racking up 43 points to win the title and demonstrated their quality throughout the season with impressive wins over Vale and Spartans Youth which were key in their quest to be crowned champions.
Thistle made it as far the third round of the Scottish Cup, losing 2-1 over eventual finalists Cove Youth FC, however despite this defeat it is clear that the future is bright for this young group of players.
Coach Alan Young said, "To be league champions in the first competitive season is an amazing achievement. The players totally deserved it and both coaches and parents were delighted for them.
"It’s hard to pick a favourite moment but just watching the boys develop throughout the season into a very good footballing side was pleasing. Some of the team goals were tremendous to watch with the quick passing and moving. Watching them celebrate together when picking up the league trophy was brilliant.
"Portobello BC were probably the most challenging and they managed to get a draw in our last encounter. They played very defensively looking for the counter, which worked for them. Thereafter we knew every game was a must win."
Young made it clear just how hard his side worked throughout the season and was keen to express his gratitude towards his players for their hard work and attitude, which led them to the title in their first competitive 11-a-side season
"Every player gives 100% in training and the games and it’s their determination to succeed and better themselves that drove them to the title. The team will move on to next season with a view of continuing their development, whilst looking at winning more silverware."
Alan Young revealed that he is stepping down from coaching and Young had these words to say for the parents and players of Lasswade Thistle 2005s, "Having just stepped down from coaching I want to thank the parents for their support throughout my time with Lasswade Thistle and wish the boys every success for next season."
It is certainly hard to predict just how far these young boys can go in the game but one thing is for certain, the future looks incredibly bright for the SERYFA Division 1 champions.
Congratulations to all at Lasswade Thistle 2005s and Youth Football Scotland wishes them well for season 2018-19.