Midlands youth festival 26th May at DISC Dundee

The Fourth round of these Festivals was hosted by Grove Menzieshill H.C. at DISC on Sunday 26th May.

A number of factors did their best to ruin the experience for our players such as light rain throughout the U10 event, slightly heavier spells of rain for the U12 event, torrential downpours for the start of the U14 event mixed with spells of hot sunshine that created the unusual sight of steam clouds rising from the pitch – all topped off by the closure of the M90 motorway and slow lengthy detours due to an unfortunate accident which added at least an hour to travel time for many.  HOWEVER, a few made the venue just in time, some arrived a little late and a very few failed to show which played havoc with our pre-planned team formations especially for the early games.

By borrowing players from other teams when necessary and swapping our players from team to team we managed to somehow get through the U10 programme with reasonable success for all three of our teams.  Carnegie Eagles won all five of their games and were given a walk-over win in their sixth due to Dundee Wanderers failing to show.  Carnegie Hawks managed four wins in their six games and Carnegie Swifts, the youngest team on show, managed two wins and a draw for their efforts.

For the U12 event we had entered two teams but fortunately, as it turned out, they were not scheduled to both be playing at the same time during the first three rounds of games which was just as well because for our first game we only had the bare minimum of six players at pitch-side for the Carnegie Tigers opener against Kinross ‘A’, but all six combined well to record a very creditable 5 – 0 win.  Carnegie Lions were next up and we had increased our numbers to 10 players by then so by getting two players to go straight back on we faced Kinross ‘B’ with a full team but unfortunately lost by 2 – 1.  Both teams then had a one game break and by the time we were due to play again twelve of my expected fifteen players had made it, so panic over.  Carnegie Lions proceeded to win two of their next three games 5 – 0 against Kinross ‘A’ and 11 – 0 over Stirling Wanderers but unfortunately lost a very good game against Dundee Wanderers by three goals to one.  Carnegie Tigers had even greater success as they proceeded to beat Dundee Wanderers Young Guns 4 – 0, Monarchs 3 – 2 and Dundee Wanderers Youth Stars 4 – 0.

For the U14 event we had the reverse problem – TOO MANY PLAYERS – caused by me I’m afraid, because based on the form of the day I anticipated some players would not make it so I had asked three U12 players to stay back and play for our older squad. HOWEVER, all ten of the expected players DID turn up so we found ourselves with FIVE subs, therefore the headache now was giving them all a reasonable time on the pitch in the eight-a-side 18 minute games.  Game one against Perthshire ‘A’ looked like it was going to be a 1 – 1 draw until they scored in the dying seconds from a goalmouth scramble whilst game two against Grove Menzieshill Athill did end up as a deserved 1 – 1 draw.  With multiple substitutions in the third game our team play became a bit disjointed and against a good Dundee Wanderers outfit we lost by 3 goals to nil.

Many thanks to the parents who endured the conditions especially to those who helped out with Managing teams for us.

The next event for U8, U10, U12 and U14 is the Inverleith Tournament in Edinburgh on 16th June.