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Thursday, June 17, 2010

EK82: A Scottish Success Story

EK82 Handball Club in East Kilbride has just enjoyed one of their most successful years ever for youth development, with three of their young teams winning their respective Scottish Cup finals last month.

The Under-11s overcame Kirkliston in their final. They scored early through a well-worked move between James Smith and Cameron Fyffe. Roan Perrie added a second with some great individual play, closely followed by a great goal from the wing by Andrew Hughes.

Kirkliston hit back and led for the majority of the second half, but with some ingenious play from Fyffe and Lees, EK drew level with two minutes left. This season’s Player of the Year Greg Hughes nudged EK in front, and young Keir Coffield came off the bench to score twice and help secure a 13-10 win.

The Under-14 girls also battled Kirkliston in their final. They quickly took the lead through Sarah Clelland and Amy Stuart, and extended their lead with goals from Junior Girls Player of the Year Aimee Taylor & Robyn Convey.

The second half began as the first left off with Sarah Clelland grabbing a quick brace, while Amy Stuart and Aimee Taylor added to their tallies. Goalkeeper Amy Hiddleston was in fine form, making outstanding saves to maintain the EK lead.

Emma Taylor put in a great display on the right wing, feeding sister Aimee for her hat-trick and supplying Sarah Clelland with some inch perfect passes to put the game beyond Kirkliston and win 22-14.

The Under-14 Boys had a difficult match against the reigning East of Scotland Champions Livingston, in a repeat of last season’s final.

EK took the lead through a well executed cross move that opened up the Livingston defence for Benji Muir to score. Chris Mowat added a second before Livingston drew level at 7-7 at half time.

Livingston took the lead early on, leaving EK to chase the game for much of the second half. Brothers Jack and Benn MacQuire linked up well to force gaps in the opposition defence that allowed Chris Mowat through to score his third with Perries, Robin and Roan, teaming up to allow Robin to grab his third of the match, and Chris Mowat grabbed the winner with a minute left.

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