Solway Sharks’ hopes of winning the Scottish U20 League were dealt a blow as they lost against title rivals Fife Falcons.
Ben Coughtrie, Struan Duff and Lewis Houston got Solway’s goals in a 6-3 away defeat.
Coach Jamie Thomson: “The result more or less hands them the league, however we were extremely short-benched after the game was rearranged at short notice due to the bad weather.
“We played as well as we could and gave it everything – it just wasn’t to be. Our aim now is to consolidate second place in the league and hope Fife slip up against Belfast.”
Solway recovered from that disappointment to book their place in the final Scottish U20 Cup with a hard fought victory over Kilmarnock.
Liam Stenton (3), Lewis Houston (2) and Kieran Hair were on target as Solway recorded a 6-5 success.
“This game was the best we have played all year,” added Thomson. “Yes, 6-5 is a tight scoreline, but we were never losing this game.
“Now we are in the cup final, which is a massive achievement by the team and well deserved after a long season.”
Solway U20 are back in action on Saturday, 24th March, for the return game against the Falcons.
The club’s U16 side hosted Fife Flames in the semi-final of their cup competition, but found themselves on the wrong end of a 14-1 scoreline.
Coach Jamie Kerr said: “We tried hard but it was clear early on that Fife’s superiority in terms of age, strength and experience would overpower our plucky young team.
“We kept trying right to the end, and were finally rewarded with a goal in the dying seconds of the game.”
There was better news for Solway’s U12 team, with the youngsters running out 13-0 road winners against Moray – Bailey Thomson, Ewan Duignan and Tomas Vyrostek all hit hat-tricks.
Coach Craig Jackson said: “Straight from the outset we took control of the game and took an early lead.
“We continued to dominate the first period, piling shot upon shot on the Moray netminder who had an outstanding first period.
“The second period continued where we left off – we soon started putting the puck in the back of the net and took full control of the fixture.
“In the third we continued the high work rate and we started moving the puck around and creating plenty of chances.
“Goals were well spread about the team with plenty of assists for the players. Morale was great in the changing room afterwards and it’s good to get another win on the board for the team.
“Confidence is high and we hope that we can carry this into our remaining fixtures.”