Andrew MacDonald reports on how our U20 players fared on loan at Junior clubs across Scotland this weekend.
Dillon Young was the only U20 player to experience success this weekend, as he played the final 20 minutes of Wishaw’s away match to Vale of Clyde. The centre-back was a calming influence on proceedings, to help his side to a 2-1 victory. The win takes Wishaw into the second round of the West of Scotland Cup.
Carluke Rovers’ Alberto Vezza played the second half of his side’s West of Scotland Cup tie against Junior football giants Auchinleck Talbot. The skilful winger put in an astute defensive performance, as Carluke lost the tie 1-0 at Beechwood Park. Despite the substantial gap in playing divisions, Carluke were disappointed not to force a replay.
U20 captain Ryan Lockie played 90 minutes as his Camelon side went down 4-0 to Hill of Beath Hawthorn. The disappointing result sees Camelon slip one place to 10th in the East Region Super League. Callum MacDonald was unavailable for this game.
Full-back Brooklyn Mair was also on the wrong end of a four-goal swing, as Oakley United lost 5-1 to Tranent at home. Mair played 45 minutes at right-back, and defended well considering two of his team-mates were shown red cards. The loss sees Oakley exit the East of Scotland Cup at the first hurdle.
Defender Luke Martin played 90 minutes as his Newmains United team lost heavily to St Roch’s away from home in the West of Scotland Cup. Winger Justin Watson played the final 15 minutes. Martin, Watson and their Newmains team-mates gave a spirited showing against a team who ply their trade in a higher league. New
There was game cancellations for Reg McLaren’s Luncarty, as well as Declyn Cumming’s and Marc Innes’ Thorniewood United.
Elsewhere, it was excellent to see U20 players Kyle Banner and George Stanger make their first starts for Dave Mackay’s first team. Ross Cameron, Taylor Evans and Connor McMullan were also among the substitutes at Broadwood.