Bute Youth Football’s under-17s signed off in style on Saturday with a 1-0 home win over KSC United in their last ever game after four highly successful seasons together.
Keeper and man-of-the-match Ryan Leitch pulled off a string of superb saves in the first half before Nico McBride thumped a free kick into the corner of the net to ensure that Bute finished their final season on a high note.
The team was brought together four years ago, when ten players from Bute were shuttled across to Dunoon every week to play in the Greenock and District League, before the addition of six more local boys saw the team move back home 12 months later to play from the island.
Coach Roddie Leitch said: “The boys have now played 102 games in the four years, winning 62, drawing 12 and losing 28, and scored 204 goals, with top scorer Matthew scoring 116 including 10 hat tricks.
“Nico was next top scorer with 38 goals in his 102 games. Ryan kept 28 clean sheets, scoring four goals in the process.
“We have gone through four years with only 17 players, which is one of the smallest squads in the league. It has cost the club more than £6,000 in the last four years just to travel to away games.
“Last weeks win equals the boys’ best unbeaten run of eight games, this time with seven wins and a draw only bettered in the 2012/13 season when we won eight straight games which included a cup run all the way to the semi-finals.
“Only six different teams in four years have left the island with three points, making us hard to beat at home.
“I’m very proud of what we have achieved, I hope the boys have enjoyed it as much as me, and I wish them all the best in whatever they do. Thanks for the memories boys.”