Wanderers host successful Youth Champions League

Milngavie Wanderers 99s recently hosted their hugely successful Scottish Youth Champions League and got all the way to the semi-finals before being knocked out on penalties, after a goal less full time, to St Peter’s in a repeat of their Scottish Cup round 1 tie in 2011/12 - which also went to penalties won by the Paisley outfit.

The eventual winner was Dyce who proved why they are rated so highly beating St Peters 3-0 to lift the SYCL trophy.

League winning teams from Aberdeen, Oban, Perth, Lesmahagow, Paisley, Ayr and Fife all turning up for the tournament.

Paul Mooney from the club said: “It was a truly national event. We were delighted with the feedback we got and it has really put our small club on the map as one of Scotland’s top boys teams.

The competition is now in its second year and took place last Sunday at Parklea.

After becoming Glasgow and District Champions in 2011/12, the coaching staff at the Milngavie club came up with the idea of bringing together other league champions from across the country.

Following last year’s success at Glenhead Park, Duntocher - the tournament this year was expanded to make it a similar format to the Champions League group stages. In total, all the teams had amassed an astonishing 32 major trophies in two years competitive football.

In Group A there was Milngavie Wanderers (Glasgow & District Champs), Gow Valley (Lanarkshire Champions), Letham Tangerines (Perthshire Champions) and Oban Saints (Dunbartonshire Champs).

Group B had St Peter’s (Paisley & District Champions), Dyce (Aberdeen & District Champions),

Tass Thistle (Ayrshire Champions) and Burntisland Shipyard (Fife Champions).

Milngavie coasted through the group stage, defeating Oban Saints 6-0 and Letham 4-1 to ensure they reached the semi final with a game to spare.

Group B was considerably tighter, with all four teams able to qualify in the last game. Scottish Cup semi finalists Dyce topped the group, with West Regional champions St Peter’s claiming the runners up spot.

With Gow Valley finishing second behind Milngavie, it was a repeat of this years Scottish Quarter Final tie vs Dyce - and once again the Aberdeenshire club progressed in a dramatic penalty shoot out after a 2-2 draw.

The event was sponsored by Clyde Shopping Centre who supported it last year.