It is fair to say that the 2008s of Bonnyrigg Rose FC had a vastly impressive 2022/23 campaign.
Playing at the U15s level in the top tier of the South East Region Youth Football Association, the young side were triumphant throughout the campaign.
Along with winning the league, Bonnyrigg won the league cup and were rather unfortunate not to make it a treble, agonisingly losing their second cup final on penalties at Hearts’ Tynecastle Park.
Nevertheless, they did manage to run away with a 3-1 final victory in their aforementioned league cup success.
It wasn’t just in cup competitions Bonnyrigg were prosperous, though, as in the league, they done the business just as well.
Throughout the season, the side led by Danny Burnett and Aaron Waugh remained unbeaten at home in the league and dropped just seven points from 20 games throughout the entirety of the campaign.
This feat in itself is hugely prodigious and because of their consistency, the U15s side managed to win the first top-tier title in Bonnyrigg Rose’s existence, etching their names into the club’s history books.
Moreover, when you consider the fact they were competing in arguably the strongest division in Scotland for their age group with two teams in the league making the Scottish Cup final, their success is even more admirable.
Back-to-back victories over their closest title challengers in the space of four days went a long way in helping Bonnyrigg achieve their ultimate goal but so did the performances of their players.
Brodie Armstrong won the Parents’ Player of the Year award meanwhile Finlay Cameron won Coaches’ Player of the Year. Leon Young had the best season of his youthful career to date meanwhile Jan Kapis truly came on towards the back end of the season.
Despite the deserved recognition of these standout players, there was a sense of leadership throughout the spine of the team which showed the maturity of the young players.
Going into next season, it will be intriguing to see what this group of players can conjure up. Clearly, they are one of the top crops at Bonnyrigg having just won a double and narrowly missing out on a treble.
Certainly, they will continually look to progress as they step up in age level to under 16s and one wouldn’t bet against them doing so.
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