A DREAM come true – that was how Selkirk Youth Club centre Lewis MacLennan described his team’s arrival in the National Youth League Cup Final.
MacLennan and the squad will travel to Murrayfield tomorrow to face seasoned cup campaigners Stirling County (4pm ko) following victories over West of Scotland (49-5) and a nail-biting semi-final last week against Musselburgh (24-23). Speaking earlier this week, MacLennan said: “We have had a good run to the final and it was great to beat Musselburgh last week.
“They are a big team. I think everyone knows that we are not the biggest, and we played some really good rugby against them to come through and win. It was a great feeling.
“It’s hard to put into words really how it feels to have made the final. It’s a dream come true for most of the boys. To come from a small town down in the Borders and get a chance to play in the national stadium is a huge step up for me and for most of the squad, but we are definitely up for the challenge.”
At Riverside last weekend the young Souters reclaimed the Semi-junior sevens series title they won last year – at the last event of the season.
Selkirk defeated Berwick Colts (32-7) and Hawick Wanderers (43-7) before putting series rivals Tynedale to the sword in the semi-finals by 31-0.
This result meant, having notched up more series wins overall than their Northumberland counterparts, that they had to beat Jed Thistle in the final to hold onto the trophy.
In the thrilling finale, the young Souters battled hard against the hosts for a 31-19 victory, ensuring that both bits of silverware went back to Victoria Park.