THE second West Park United U-19 Invitational Cup was held on Easter Monday at the Petershill complex, replicating the success of the previous year’s tournament.
The four-team round-robin competition – with the two teams with the most points at the end of their three games competing in the final game for the Jan Price Memorial Cup – saw last year’s winners, Maryhill, return to defend their title along with high-calibre opponents Campsie Black Watch and EDFC Villa.
To encourage good football, the format allowed for additional points being awarded for goals scored, which added to the excitement of the shorter, 50-minute duration games, but ensured no-one cruised if in a winning position.
Points were also deducted for achieving a set number of yellow cards during a match, with the emphasis being on attacking football and good sportsmanship, which was in abundance throughout from all the participating teams and ably assisted by some excellent officiating from the local referees.
West Park, appearing in their second final, met Campsie in a repeat of this year’s opening game. Two second-half goals saw West Park lift the trophy at the second time of asking, but were pushed all the way by Campsie BW.
In a clean sweep, the West Park keeper – Callum McBain – also won the player of the tournament trophy, as voted by the participating club coaches and match officials.
West Park’s 95s head coach Iain Kennedy hopes the tournament win will be the incentive needed to capture the GADYFL Division 1 title, with the Park sitting in a great position with 19 wins from their 20 league games to date. He said it would be a fitting reward for the hard work and excellent football played throughout the season.
West Park United would like to say a very special thanks to all the teams who participated and to their supporters. On a day when everyone who took part was a winner, and in keeping with the club’s emphasis on an invitational competition, each participating team made very kind and much appreciated donations to the club’s charity partner, Marie Curie Hospice.
With contributions from a decent-sized crowd on the day, a very healthy £240 was raised for this very worthy cause.
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