St Joes Coach Praises Players’ Commitment

They may have narrowly missed out on winning Group 2 in the William Turner Challenge Cup, but Coach Stephen Docherty has praised the squad’s commitment amid a hefty list of injuries, writes Tom Scott.

Dumbarton Academy FP AFC topped the group – which also featured former Premier Division champions Thorn Athletic and Rhu Amateur – and Doco agreed “Yes, the injuries have been unbelievable.”

“I think a lot teams have been in same position to be fair.”

“So much time off with Covid, then training and back-to-back games in such a short space of time.”

“In every game in the Group the boys were outstanding.”

“The game against Dumbarton at home, which ended up being the deciding game, was very even, but we were by far the best team in the 2nd half, and deserved something out of the game.”

“It gives everyone at the Club confidence that we can go into the League campaign with nothing to fear against anyone.”

“To beat a team like Thorn both games, and not concede a goal against them is huge credit to all the players.”

Scott Cameron scored the winner (1-0) against Thorn and has returned to the Clydebank club from Petershill.

Manager Adjie MacColl said: “Cammy had work commitments but has obtained his release from Peasy, and is back with us.”

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