National League Tournament
Last Wednesday saw the National League Tournament get underway again after a successful inaugural event.
Ayr United Football Academy’s WF Team finished in a very creditable third place last season just behind two very strong Heart of Midlothian teams.
This year the Academy has entered two teams in the competition, those being Ayr Parkhouse and Ayr Beresford.
Both teams performed very well last week with Ayr Parkhouse notching two wins and one loss and Ayr Beresford one win, one draw and one loss.
The competition is played over 6 months so with five rounds still to go both Ayr teams are ‘tucked in’ nicely behind the early leaders. Ayr Parkhouse were represented by Billy Agnew, Lindsay Easton, David Reid, Brian Connolly, Derek McCabe, Tom Dowman, Brian Pitt, Davie Howie, Gary McLaughlin and John Crawford (Player Manager).
Special mention should go to Billy Agnew who stepped up at the last moment and ‘bravely took the gloves’ in the absence of Stuart ‘The Ghost’ Galloway. Billy performed well ‘between the sticks’ and made some important stops.
Brian Pitt returning from a long standing injury also performed well and weighed in with a couple of good goals.
Perhaps mention should also be made with regard to the ‘non-appearance’ of WF Scotland Chairman and Ayr United player, Gary McLaughlin.
After performing his now usual customary photo shoots Gary headed for the dressing room to don his match day strip and make for the pitch.
However, sadly for the ‘errant’ Gary he chose to put on the ‘wrong team strip’ and that of Ayr Beresford with whom Gary was not registered! The good news is that Garry wasn’t missed on the day by either team but he did in fact take some very good photographs. Well done Gary as always.
The Ayr Beresford team having lost some of their ‘supposed bigger hitters’ pre-match went on to perform well on the day.
Special mention should go to ‘debutant’ Scott Campbell who showed ‘promise’ in all three matches and at 50 years old (hard paper-round here) looks like ‘one for the future!’ Rugged defender and Ayr United Chaplain Jim Smith also brought some much needed stability to the team.
Special mention should also go to Davie Ferguson who also took over goal keeper duties on the day and again performed well for his team.
I’m also hearing ‘good things’ about another ‘promising midfielder’ Campbell Frame who displayed some very silky moves.
The Ayr Beresford Team were represented by Davie Ferguson, Jim Smith, Scott Campbell, Ian Mason, Callum Campbell, David Neil, Campbell Frame and Graham Shirra.
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