Champions League in Milngavie!

GLENHEAD PARK was buzzing last Sunday as Milngavie Wanderers U14s hosted the first ever Scottish Youth Champions League.

The tournament, sponsored by Clyde Shopping Centre, brought together some of the top ‘99-born’ sides in the country including Tass Thistle, Gourock YAC and Hamilton BC.

Along with with Milngavie, these four teams have amassed an incredible 14 trophies this season.

The opening match saw the hosts narrowly beat Ayrshire champions Tass Thistle 1-0 after an early goal from Nathan Carmichael.

Hamilton announced their arrival with a 2-0 win over Gourock and followed that up with a 1-0 win against Milngavie to all but book their place in the final with a game to spare.

Tass bounced back from defeat in their opening match to edge out Gourock 1-0 and knock the Paisley, Johnstone & District Champions out of the competition.

Despite this disappointment, Gourock picked themselves up to secure a 1-1 draw with Milngavie which left Tass needing to pick up all three points against Hamilton, however, the central champions were too tough for everyone as they sealed a 2-0 victory.

Milngavie knew they would have to defend well against the strongest side in the group stages and the match seen Hamilton create several early chances without finding the net.

Wanderers could not seem to be able to trouble Hamilton keeper Jordan Pettigrew and the Lanarkshire side finally made the breakthrough just after half time.

It was a terrific piece of individual skill from Bradley Seaton who backheeled through the legs of Milngavie full back Bailey Williams and drilled the ball past Jamie Forrester.

Despite Milngavie’s best efforts they could not find an equaliser and the title was wrapped up in the final stages when Evan Duffy calmly chipped the ball into the net.

And so the inaugural Scottish Youth Champions League was won by the impressive Hamilton side who claimed the trophy having failed to conced a single goal.

The tournament proved to be hugely successful event and recieved a lot of positive feedback. Milngavie Wanderers plan to expand for 2013 and make it the most prestigous pre-season tournament in Scotland.

Results - Group stage: Milngavie 1-0 Tass, Hamilton 2-0 Gourock, Milngavie 0-1 Hamilton, Tass 1-0 Gourock, Milngavie 1-1 Gourock, Hamilton 2-0 Tass. Final: Milngavie 0-2 Hamilton.