In a tightly-contested Fiona Brown U15’s League, it was Kilwinning SC who emerged as champions, clinching the league on the final game of the season to not only secure the title, but to complete the season undefeated, with a record of nine wins and two draws.
The youngsters started the season in style, with two deserved 3-0 wins away to Stenhousemuir and Pollock United respectively, and an incredible 9-1 victory against Motherwell. These results set the tone for much of the season, the only blips being two draws against Glasgow City and Queen of the South. Everything came down to the last game of the season against second-placed Cumbernauld Colts. With the pressure on, the girls held their nerve, beating the Colts 1-0 and bringing home the trophy.
Youth Football Scotland caught up with Kilwinning SC Coach Mick Baird for his thoughts on a successful season for his young side.
“It’s been a great season for the girls but it is nothing more than they deserve as their commitment throughout the year has been second to none. They are a great bunch of young ladies and an absolute pleasure to coach. Everyone involved in our team is immensely proud of the girls and what they have achieved this year and we are already looking forward to next season.”
When asked about his memorable moments from the season he replied, “There have been several but the two that stand out the most was the final league game against Cumbernauld and the League Cup Final against Kilmarnock at Lesser Hampden. Both very high pressured games and not much to separate the teams on the day but the girls dug deep and secured the wins to lift the League Cup against Kilmarnock and then the league title against Cumbernauld.
“As the season drew to a close we knew there was very little separating ourselves and Cumbernauld and every game was difficult in its own way. An away tie to Rutherglen with only three games to go was a tough one. We knew a win would take us top of the league but Rutherglen were a well organised and strong team and it was deep in the second half before we opened the scoring with a penalty.”
With the pressure on it can be difficult to keep teams focused, but Mick Baird says that keeping his team focused was no problem at all. “The girls have played together for a long time and are all good friends away from training and games, there was no need for us as coaches to keep the girls focused as they ensured they kept their close bound throughout the season and played for each other throughout the year.”
And on his aims for the next season he said, “To build on the success of this season as we look to make the difficult step up from U15s to U17s.”
Congratulations to Kilwinning SC and good luck for the next season.