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The Covid pandemic might have stopped their Glasgow and District Youth Football League season from taking place this year but Oban Saints under-15s have made the most of the GADYFL Divisional Cup campaign by getting all the way to this Sunday’s final.
Six group games in a section with Milton Rovers, Westercommon Star and Cranhill were well navigated, with Saints finishing top of the section ahead of Milton after a late penalty equaliser between the sides three weeks ago secured top spot in Group B.
Group A saw Knightswood and Glasgow Athletic qualify from a section that also contained Renton Craigandro and Park Sports. With the top two teams from Groups A and B meeting in the semi finals last weekend Saints came out on top with an excellent 3-2 win against Glasgow Athletic.
Saints now take on a strong Knightswood side in the final after the Glasgow-based team won their semi final against Milton Rovers 3-1. Knightswood have finished runners up in the first division at the 2006 age group in both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons and have had the upper hand against the Saints, winning all four previous league meetings.
Although Knightswood go into the final as favourites, the Oban side will be heartened by their display in the semi final last Sunday and know if they can reach those levels again they will have a chance of winning silverware for the first time as a team. Saints top scorer in the competition, Zander Craik, will be looking to add to his six cup goals so far.
Coach Allan MacDonald said: ‘It has been great for the boys to get back to playing competitive games again during May and June after such a long lay off due to the Covid restrictions. The divisional cup has given the team something to focus on and they have responded with some great performances and results. They have worked really hard and trained well as a group so getting to the final is a great reward for them, and in a one off cup game anything is possible.’