Andrew MacDonald reports on the latest action for our U20 players on loan at clubs across Scotland.
Congratulations to Cumbernauld Colts (pictured) who have won their first senior silverware after defeating Selkirk 3-1 in the Lowland League Cup final on Sunday. Ronan Fallens and Connor McMullan were both involved in the comeback win. Fallens made some good saves and distributed the ball efficiently while McMullan played the first hour before being substituted. The cup win concludes Colts’ season, which saw them achieve a sixth-place finish in the Lowland League.
Justin Watson continued his scoring streak for Shotts Bon Accord with a goal in a 5-0 win in the second round of the West of Scotland Cup against Whitletts Victoria. Watson played 70 minutes at right wing, his goal coming from the edge of the six-yard box, where he showed his technical skill by expertly volleying into the corner of the net. The winger has three goals in his last four games. Taylor Evans had a solid game in the centre of midfield for this one. The pair were also involved last Wednesday, when the Bonny drew 1-1 with East Kilbride Thistle at home. The Hannah Park side have a minimum of five fixtures left this season.
Camelon’s Ryan Lockie played 90 minutes in his side’s 4-0 home win over Broxburn Athletic. The U20 skipper played centre-back and provided his eighth assist of the season for Camelon as his whipped corner was met by a team-mate to score. His impressive defensive influence was a huge reason behind the Mariners’ clean sheet. Forward Ross Cameron played the first hour and was involved in the build-up play for two of the goals. It’s been a successful campaign for Camelon, who have two games left to play in the East Region Superleague.
Centre-back Dillon Young played 90 minutes in two matches for Wishaw this week. Firstly, Wishy won 4-2 on Wednesday against Blantyre Vics, with Young producing a competent defensive display. The North Lanarkshire side were then on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline against Neilston on Saturday, despite leading 2-1. The game ended in controversial circumstances as Wishaw’s opponents were awarded three questionable penalties. Young is progressing well and it’s reassuring that he’ll be involved in many more fixtures before the season’s end.
Both Marc Innes and Luke Martin played 90 minutes for Thorniewood United on Wednesday night in a 3-1 defeat against St Roch’s. The U20 duo played in their favoured central midfield and left-back positions during this game. Both Martin and Innes will be kept busy next week as Thorniewood have matches to play on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.