The 2013 Jim Baxter Memorial FC U13s Football Festival was held at Broadwood Stadium last Saturday and Sunday.
With all teams at this age group having progressed to 11-a-side football, it was felt this would be a good test after the recent bad weather. Hosts and defending champions JBM were hoping to repeat their previous success.
William Dalziel, head coach for JBM, said: “This was a good test during the winter break for all the teams to get rid of the cobwebs that have set in due to the recent bad weather. The festival was run exceedingly well, with all teams enjoying the day at this magnificent facility.”
The two-day competition, described by one observer as “a fantastic show and advertisement of friendship, football and sportsmanship”, saw two leagues of five teams competing for two cups.
Match 1 saw Calderbraes beat Carmuir 5-0, while in game 2 JBM lost 2-0 to Lanarkshire SC. In match 3 ED Locomotiv defeated Carmuir 1-0 in a very close match. The fourth match saw JBM take on Calderbraes, going down 4-2. In match 5 Locomotiv defeated LSC 2-1.Game 6 saw JBM take on Carmuir Colts, recording a 1-0 win after a spectacular header was ruled offside. For match 7 Calderbraes took to the field against LSC and racked up an emphatic 6-2 win. Game 8 was a 2-0 win for JBM over ED Locomotiv. Game 9, saw JBM denied second place overall as they lost 2-1 to LSC. The final match saw Calderbraes win 1-0 over Locomotiv and claim the cup for the first day.
Day 2 started with JBM taking on an excellent Burnhead Colts team and losing 3-1. Game 2 saw Gow Valley narrowly triumph 1-0 over Grahamston BC. Next Renfrew Vics played Burnhead in another close match which ended 1-0 to Vics. Game 4 saw JBM beat Grahamston 2-0 win. In match 5 Renfrew Vics and Gow Valley battled it out to a 1-1 draw. Game 6 had Burnhead Colts face Grahamston and bang in five goals to one. Match 7 was a 4-0 win for JBM over Gow Valley.
In the eighth match Grahamston lost 3-0 to Renfrew Vics. Match 9 was a scoreless draw between Burnhead and Gow, and the final match of the day saw Renfrew claim the title by a single point after both teams failed to score.