Ex-Queen of the South youth signing Ruaridh Thompson grabbed a glorious second half winner as Tass Thistle departed Under-17 football en-route to becoming the new Kilbride Thistle AFC Under-20 Development Squad, writes Tom Scott.
Thompson added to a Rudi Morrison double and Andrew Jack effort in their 4-3 win over Irvine Vics.
Tass were down to the bare bones with only 11 fit players, and outfield captain Sean McGreer went in goals.
Manager Ryan Docherty revealed: “It wasn’t a risk as Sean played in goal before, when we won a Cup Final at this level, and I had every confidence in him”
“To be honest, it was not a great game. We went down to 10 men with another injury for the last 30 minutes, but still managed to scorer the winner and I was delighted for every single player.”
Man of the Match Ruaridh Thompson and his parents have moved up from Dumfries to set-up their home in Saltcoats – and Doco is delighted with the capture of an excellent signing!
Doco told me: “He is a good technical player – probably a No 10 – who listens to every word of the coaching points, has a great attitude
M and discipline in his game.”
“The squad will be strengthened with a mixture 17-year-olds and older 18-19 players. As Donald Bell proved last Saturday in the first team friendly, our level is always been watched by manager Sean Kenney and he won’t hesitate to give youth a chance – go and embrace the challenge!”
“We have started pre-season training with a lot of testing – bleep, agility and sprint – on the first night.”
“Moving forward, we will concentrate on ball work and pressing.”