Andrew MacDonald takes a look at how our U20 players fared on loan at the weekend.
Thorniewood United continued their good run by defeating East Kilbride Thistle 3-2. Both Marc Innes and Luke Martin completed 90 minutes for the Wood. The U20 duo complemented each other effectively down the left side, as Martin played left-back and Innes was left midfield. The understanding was evident, as their link-up play and team-work helped Thorniewood to victory in the searing heat. The win means the Robertson Park side move off the foot of the Central District First Division.
Ronan Fallens and Connor McMullan both featured for Cumbernauld Colts in their double header against Vale of Leithen over the last week. It was disappointment for the pair on Wednesday night as a 3-2 defeat saw them eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the South Challenge Cup. There was drastic improvement on Saturday, however, as the Colts won 6-0 at Broadwood.
Fallens earned his clean sheet, as he made some superb saves throughout the match. McMullan used his strengths of dribbling and passing by taking players on and creating chances by playing through balls. Cumbernauld have one match left to play in the Lowland League this season, as they eye a fifth-place finish.
Left-back Ryan Lockie (pictured) completed 90 minutes as his Camelon side were defeated by Sauchie 2-1 away from home. The U20 captain gave a typically energetic performance on the left side, as he was solid defensively and looked to create opportunities with his considerable crossing ability. Ross Cameron played 70 minutes for the Mariners. It’s positive to see the forward getting a run in the team. Camelon look set for a mid-table finish in the East Region Superleague, which is a huge improvement on last season’s efforts.
Defender Brooklyn Mair again played 90 minutes as his Rosyth side went down 2-1 to his old team Oakley United in the East Region South Division. Mair’s decision to switch to Rosyth has been a good one for his development, as he’s started the last six games he’s been available for. Rosyth have one match left to play in the league; a bottom-half finish is looking likely.
Dillon Young watched on as the Scottish Junior Cup dream ended for his Wishaw side after being defeated 2-1 on aggregate by Hurlford United. Congratulations to Wishaw on a fantastic cup run. Young was in action on Monday night as Wishaw were defeated 1-0 by Shotts Bon Accord away from home. The defender played the full 90 minutes and defended competently for the Beltane Park side.
Taylor Evans was playing in the opposing team and was part of the reason Shotts side kept a clean sheet. The midfielder protected the defence and broke up play very effectively. Both teams sit in the bottom half of the Central District First Division but have plenty games in hand. Meanwhile, Declyn Cumming has been recalled from his loan spell with Thorniewood United.