To finish the season, the U11 squad travelled to Thurso on Sunday 16th September.
With 3 teams competing from Orkney and 3 from a Caithness select, out of the 9 games played, Orkney won 7 games, drew one and lost one. A fantastic effort.
This was then followed by an inter-county A match. In very windy conditions it was Orkney that took the honours with a close but well deserved 2-0 win , both goals against the wind, coming in 2nd half from Kris Aiken and Thorfinn Scott.
This brought the season to a successful end with Orkney U11’s triumphant in all their inter-county matches this season. Well done lads, a fantastic team effort.
Over the season our thanks to the continued support of Northlink Ferries, OYDG, parents, supporters, all teams that have travelled to Orkney this season, Islesburgh hostel & cafe (Shetland) and to the hospitality and organisation by Shetland & Caithness youth development groups.
Orkney Under 11's in Thurso, September
Back Row: George Wylie, Zander Baillie, Damon Hutchison, Kris Aiken, Michael Scarth, Jordan Linklater, Hunter Swanney, Scott Sinclair, Kyle Kinghorn, Louis Hancock, George Ewing, Tam Clark, Heddle Poke, Sam Barber.
Front Row: Kian Vendy, Cullen Dick, Ronan Hamilton, Jamie Sutherland, Dan Ross, Angus Robertson, Kyle Scott, Thorfinn Scott, Ashton Sutherland, Danny Taylor
On the 25th August, the Orkney Under 11 squad travelled to Shetland for the Andromeda Cup & Inter-County matches.
This is the first time Orkney travelled to Shetland in this age group which proved to be a great success.
In the inter-county at the Clickimin on Monday 26th August the Orkney U11’s continued their impressive form and a 0-0 draw in the final match was enough to secure the inaugural Harry Jamieson Memorial Cup which was organised by the family and kindly donated by Northern Isles Marine picked up by Kris Aiken and Damon Hutchison, the Orkney U11 team captains for the day.
Damon Hutchison was awarded Orkney B player of the day, George Ewing A player of the day and overall Orkney player of the day was awarded to Dan Ross with some impressive goalkeeping performances. We look forward to defending the trophy next year.
Orkney Under 11 squad in Lerwick, August
Back Row: George Wylie, Heddle Poke, Cullen Dick, Thorfinn Scott, George Ewing, Louis Hancock, Kris Aiken
Middle Row: Kyle Kinghorn, Jordan Linklater, Max Linklater, Angus Robertson, Dan Ross, Sam Barber, Ronan Hamilton
Front Row: Kian Vendy, Damon Hutchison, Zander Baillie, Hunter Swanney
Sunday 18 June saw us playing our home inter county matches with Shetland. These contests are generally very competitive and normally very close with little held back from either teams. These fixtures didn’t disappoint and started with a very well deserved win by Orkney B against Shetland A with two goals from Kris Aiken. Orkney A then beat Shetland B 2-1 with goals from Thorfinn Scott and Louis Hancock. The third game between Orkney B and Shetland B was very entertaining but Shetland scored the only goal and it finished 0-1. The final match between Orkney A and Shetland A was more one sided and Orkney went on to win 1-0 scored by George Ewing, which meant the cup stayed in Orkney. The B player of the day was Zander Baillie and Thorfinn Scott for the A with George Ewing getting the award for overall player of the day! Thanks to OYDG for organising the event, picky for holding it and the sponsors Littlejohn Removals for the Northern Counties and John W Shearer for the Inter-county. Thanks also to the Shetland & Caithness teams for making the trip.
Under 11's with John W Shearer Cup at Picky, 18 June
Back Row: Hunter Swanney, Ronan Hamilton, Kian Vendy, Heddle Poke, Michael Scarth, George Wylie, Danny Taylor, Scott Sinclair, Zander Baillie, Louis Hancock, Kris Aiken.
Front Row: Sam Barber, George Ewing, Angus Robertson, Thorfinn Scott, Cullen Dick, Jordan Linklater, Dan Ross.