Promotion for Forfar Boys Under-15 side

Members of the Forfar Boys Football Club's under 15 team who received their awards from Forfar Athletic striker and midfield player Chris Templeman. The boys are pictured with their manager Jack Florence at their prize-giving at Strathmore Park.
Members of the Forfar Boys Football Club's under 15 team who received their awards from Forfar Athletic striker and midfield player Chris Templeman. The boys are pictured with their manager Jack Florence at their prize-giving at Strathmore Park.

FORFAR Boys Under-15s capped a successful season last week when they were presented with their league runners-up medals at a ceremony hosted by the Dundee & District Youth Football Association in the Caird Hall, Dundee.

The boys gave a creditable performance throughout the season, finishing nine points behind league leaders Pitfour in the P. Gibson League.

Pitfour, along with Forfar Boys and near rivals Celtic Boys of Dundee, have won promotion.

Forfar Boys and Celtic Boys also came face to face in a thrilling cup final at Dundee North End’s ground at the end of May for the J. Bolton Cup.

Battling strong winds, the Forfar Boys kept their composure in what was to prove a tough test of their footballing skills and self-discipline.

Gavin Thomson opened the scoring, a lead they held at half time. In the second half, and with the wind in their favour, Celtic Boys equalised forcing the game into extra time.

It looked as if it was “game over” after Celtic scored not one, but two goals in quick succession to give them a three-one lead, but the Forfar Boys were not giving up with Max Reid pulling a goal back followed by Rory Cowan, forcing the game to a penalty shoot out.

Again there was no let-up from the two teams, with three-goals apiece forcing a sudden death decider which was won by the Dundee team.

During the season Forfar Boys lost only four games – twice to league leaders Pitfour and once each to Bankfoot and Sidlaw.

In the league they scored 99 goals and in cup outings scored 20.

The full under-15s squad for the season was Ronnie Anderson, Brodie McCash, Liam Szillat, Max Reid, Matthew Florence, Ryan Kennedy, Rory Cowan, Andrew Beattie, Nairn Laurence, Dean Kettles, William Mutch, Gavin Thomson, Sean Higgins, Gary Grant, Scott Ritchie and Lee Myles.