• Kilwinning Sports Club Town under-17s win the treble in the 2014-15.
• The team lost just one game all season.
• Interviewee: John Murphy
Kilwinning Sports Club Town can look back on an unforgettable 2014-15 season, having completed a Central Ayrshire YFA treble as under-17 league champions, CAYFA League Cup and CYP Regional Cup winners.
Manager John Murphy spoke to Youth Football Scotland and highlighted his team's exemplary collective spirit as key factors in their extraordinary and continuing success.
"Last season was a very enjoyable and remarkable season for me as manager of this great bunch of lads," he said. "The treble was an amazing achievement and it was a great overall team effort. I have no individuals to single out. We played together as a team, from goalkeeper all the way through to the forwards, and also had a good bench when a change was needed in a game."
Last season KSC ran out convincing league winners with a few games to spare, but Murphy points to their only league defeat against their closest rivals as the real wakeup call which drove his side on.
"We lost on March 22nd against Troon Thistle and we had an off day. We had to remind the players that hard work and determination is required in every game. There was still a lot of football to be played and no trophies had been won. We can’t ever take it for granted."
Having lost to Troon Thistle that day, KSC went on to duly turn the tables on their rivals, defeating them in the CAYFA League Cup Final a month later. The victory was a springboard to league and further cup success. KSC went on to beat Tass Saltire in the CYP Cup to clinch the treble and reached the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.
"The team have learned to work hard for each other on the park and put the effort in at training, and to enjoy each match as if it was their last.", said Murphy.
Hard work and team spirit have combined with a desire to play passing attacking football, as KSC have swept all before them, with the strike force of Ben Black and Jack Ewing earning huge plaudits as the club piled on the goals with style.
Moreover, Murphy can reflect on a season during which the club was recognised at a national level, with several players going on to represent their country and enjoy success.
"Two of our boys were picked for the SYFA Scotland team to play Australia and seven were selected for the CYP Scotland team. Our captain Alan Murphy also led the national team to success in the Summer tri-nations tournament in Wales," said Murphy.
With the season well underway, the signs are that KSC’s progress continues unabated. The manager pinpoints new targets as his side continue to progress with six league wins out of six this season.
“Stepping up to Under 19s level has brought its own challenges and hopefully a respectable league finish awaits us next year. Our ambition is to keep developing the players and win more trophies along the way.
“Hopefully the players will play at a level they enjoy and go on to enjoy the game at professional, junior or amateur level one day.”