Murrayfield JIHC coach ‘proud’ as Reid fires team to Scottish U16 Cup success

Murrayfield JIHC coach Steven Young says he was proud to see his team clinch the Scottish U16 Cup against Fife Flames on Saturday.

There was little to separate the two sides during the league campaign, with Fife just edging the title battle, but Murrayfield gained their revenge in dramatic style at Fife Ice Arena.

Ethan Reid’s stunning equaliser in the third period sent the game to a penalty shoot-out and the young forward went on to secure the trophy for his side with the deciding goal.

Young said: “The team have all worked really hard this season and have played some fantastic hockey. It was very tight in the league with only a goal splitting the two teams over the season to give Fife the edge.

“So it was our focus in the last month to fully prepare for the Scottish Cup. In training the team were all very enthusiastic and our compete level was second to none.

“They all trained with an intensity beyond their years and all fully understood the team concepts and systems that we had implemented for our final game of the season.

“Everyone knew their job and we were going to leave nothing in the dressing room – it was our final game together as an U16 team, managers and coaches included, and we didn’t want to come home with regrets, things we should have done differently.

“The team fully deserved some silverware for their efforts and it made me the proudest coach to see them finally lift the cup after such an intense final with penalty shots eventually having to decide the winner.”

(Image permission: Andy Lee)