East Kilbride FC U-20’s have made a fine start to their 2016/17 campaign, by topping their League Cup section to set up a semi-final with Edusport Academy, and defeating Whitehill Welfare 7-2 in their opening League match.
The League Cup section saw Kilby edge out BSC Glasgow 2-1 courtesy of goals from Michael Jones and Liam Craig, before running out 5-1 winners over Tynecastle in a match which saw Jones net a double, with Craig on target again along with Scott Moore and Anton McGuigan.
The toughest game of the section saw a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Spartans, on a night that KIlby fought back from a goal behind, thanks to an equaliser from 16-year old U-20s’s debutant, Kieran McGuire.
EK rounded off the section in style with a 6-0 win over Edinburgh City at Peffermill, with Liam Craig scoring twice, and Michael Jones, Blair Kidd and Gavin Millar also on target to ensure Kilby won the section on goal difference ahead of Spartans.
Friday night saw the start of the U-20 Lowland League, with Kilby defeating Whitehill Welfare 7-2 at Riccarton in a fine display.
Anton McGuigan gave EK a dream start with a first minute goal, before slackness allowed the home side to equalise. However, an emphatic fifteen minutes spell before half-time saw Kilby race into a 5-1 lead at the break.
Lewis Doherty headed home a Gavin Millar cross, before Michael Jones bulletted home a precise Liam Craig delivery. Ex Aberdeen & Linlithgow Rose man Jones then netted his second, with a fine left foot finish, before Anton McGuigan scored a superb goal to make it 5-1.
Failure to properly defend a free-kick allowed Welfare to make it 5-2 on the hour, before Doherty fired home from 15-yards after good wide play from Millar.
Midfielder James Cassidy had the final say on a great night for Kilby with a stunning curler into the top corner fifteen minutes from time, on a night 17-year old Michael Anderson made his EK debut after joining last week from EK Burgh U-19’s.
Kilby next face BSC Glasgow on Sunday at K-Park in Round 2 of the SFA Youth Cup. Kick-off is 4pm.
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