Haymaker eyes place: U20s star Kerr hopes to earn jersey after impressive cameo

Pic credit: Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit: Christopher Coutts.

What a day it was for young Kerr Hay on Saturday as the 19-year-old made his senior debut for Forfar Athletic and lifted the U20s league trophy.

It could have been even better for the Dundee lad as he very nearly scored just seconds after coming on for the Loons, who were fighting for the League One title.

Alas it wasn’t to be for the senior squad who go into the play-offs for promotion to the Championship.

Forfar will come up against Stranraer in one semi-final while fierce rivals Brechin City will entertain Alloa Athletic in the other; the two winners will then face off in a winner-takes-all two-legged finale.

Hay will fancy his chances of being involved in those games with the Blues after an impressive cameo appearance capped off what has been a sensational season for the lad in the U20s Development Squad.

Fellow U20s players Craig Smith, Cameron Clark and Michael Kennedy could also feature.

Kerr said: “It was great. It’s our first year and most of the boys haven’t played that level before, so it was good for all of us to go on and win the league. Especially given there’s so many full-time clubs in that league.

“For us coming in as part-time, to finish top of the league as the best team in the league, it’s a big achievement.

“We weren’t really concentrating on trying to win the league or that, but then just after Christmas we thought ‘we’ve got a good chance for this, let’s go for it’. We went on a good run that took us to the league.

“We were never under pressure from the coaches to go and win it.

“It just shows that we’re playing good in our league, the gaffer will give you a chance. It took me to the last game of the season to get on but at least we’re in and about it. Now we can move on to bigger and better things.

“There would’ve been nothing better would there, coming on and scoring like that? To be fair, we’ll say it’s a great save for the keeper.

“The senior team are gutted after that but they’ll pick themselves back up for Wednesday and Saturday, and get the job done.

“Hopefully I’ll be part of those squads, and hopefully I’ll get on again and get another wee chance.”