Many teams would be happy with one piece of silverware to mark their first foray into 11-a-side football, but for Edinburgh South CFC they managed to secure a league and cup double in what was a memorable campaign for the SERYFA Division 2 champions.
Now as they move into Under 14’s football they can look forward to challenging matches against Division 1 winners Lasswade Thistle and Scottish Cup and South East Region Cup champions Hutchison Vale.
On top of this they were crowned Edinburgh Cup champions, beating Longniddry Villa to lift the trophy at the home of Bonnyrigg Rose Juniors.
It will certainly be a tough ask to compete with the quality of the teams in Division 1, but CFC coach Kenny Mantle believes that his side are ready for the step up.
“We're very excited about moving up to the first division next season and testing ourselves against the best teams at this age group.”
On his side’s achievements, Mantle said, “It was an amazing feeling and a fantastic achievement from my boys in what was a difficult league.”
To maintain a title challenge is no easy feat and a feeling of togetherness is sometimes all it takes to separate teams come the end of the season and Mantle was keen to point out that his side’s teamwork was extremely vital in the closing stages of the season.
“A lot of my boys are at school together therefore they're pals as well as team mates. This makes them even more of a team when their backs were against the wall. Everyone played for each other right to the end.
“We were away to North Berwick at the end of April. Everyone had been beating them fairly convincingly and my boys didn't travel well and we had a very poor game. We went behind in the first minute and struggled to take any kind of control in the match.
“We were behind three times and eventually ground out a 6-4 victory by scoring two goals in the last five mins. It was then that I realised the determination they had and they showed true grit to dig out the result.
“This gave them the belief that if they keep playing the game properly and don't panic you will always have a chance.”
Finally Mantle wanted to express his gratitude to his players and his pleasure in managing his players’ previous campaign.
“It's been an absolute pleasure coaching my team this past year and we had an exceptional first foray into 11 a side football together winning a double in our first season. I look forward to many more successful seasons in the future.”
Congratulations Edinburgh South CFC U13’s and best of luck for next season.