Red Star ju­niors tri­umph at foot­ball fes­ti­val

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

This week­end saw an­other great turnout for youth foot­ball in Mid Ar­gyll.

Sat­ur­day Septem­ber 29 saw 45 young­sters from Lochgilp­head Soc­cer Cen­tre head up to North Con­nel for the Lochnell Foot­ball Fes­ti­val.

A well-or­gan­ised fes­ti­val and great fun to play at, the kids from Lochgilp­head had a ter­rific time de­spite the weather.

Both girls’ teams kept im­prov­ing ev­ery game. The 2012s en­joyed the chance to take part in an­other fes­ti­val. In the 2011 sec­tion the kids showed how well they are de­vel­op­ing.

A small squad but a great team in the 2010 age group worked re­ally hard all day. Fi­nally an­other im­pres­sive dis­play from the 2008s saw them lose only one game in five.

On Sun­day Septem­ber 30 the 2007 team trav­elled up to Oban for an­other ninea­side ex­change. Great ef­fort was made by the team with some good foot­ball played. The con­fi­dence in the team is re­ally grow­ing in pre­par­ing for the step up to 11 aside.

Sun­day also had the Red Star 2004s back in ac­tion on Scot­tish Cup duty. The vis­i­tors to the astro were Ren­frew FC Blues. A com­mand­ing dis­play from the Lochgilp­head young­sters saw them run win­ners by 6-0. A slightly ner­vous open­ing few min­utes were calmed by an ex­cel­lent goal from Aitken, who lofted the ball over the Ren­frew keeper from just in the penalty box.

Star be­gan to dom­i­nate and fur­ther goals, from McMurchy with a great strike on edge of the box and Caskie with a thun­der­ous ef­fort, gave them a 3-0 lead at half time.

The sec­ond half was largely one way traf­fic with Star adding fur­ther goals from McMurchy and Caskie twice to give him a hat trick. A ter­rific per­for­mance and a re­ally im­por­tant clean sheet cour­tesy of hard work and con­cen­tra­tion by the mid­field, goal­keeper and back four. The Star young­sters will find out on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 9 who their op­po­nents will be in the next round.

Lastly, two for­mer Soc­cer Cen­tre kids and mem­bers of the Red Star 2004 team are now play­ing for Rangers Girls Un­der 15s. Top goal scorer Carla Todd and fan­tas­tic goalie Jas­mine McPhie have both played key roles in get­ting Rangers Girls Un­der 15 to the fi­nal of the Scot­tish Cup beat­ing Aberdeen, Hamil­ton, Cen­tral Girls, Glas­gow City and Celtic on the way.

Red Star 2008 at Lochnell.

Red Star Girls at Lochnell.

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