Kelso juniors make Blackpool rock at Easter tournament

KELSO United Under-15s had an Easter weekend to remember.

For against all the odds the young Tweedsiders gave a five-star display by winning a coveted trophy in a tournament staged in Blackpool.

Under the guidance of coaches John McGinley, Nicky Coburn and Prof Blaikie, Kelso did themselves and the Borders proud in lifting the Plate trophy at the competition.

Playing in a round robin format, Kelso suffered only one defeat in seven outings and excelled in every appearance.

The main cup was won by Milton.

Talking of his young guns’ cracking display, Blaikie said: “It was a big competition and it was the first time the Borders had been represented.

“We had thoughts of not even scoring a goal, never mind winning a game. So to win the Plate was just unbelievable. The laddies were just brilliant. They all played really well and deserved to win their trophy. It was a great experience for them as well, and they will be buzzing about this win for a long time.”

Delighted Kelso manager John McKinley added: “The Blackpool tournament has been going for 28 years and is a big event, so for Kelso to win the Plate was just brilliant.

“I have been with this team since they were seven-year-olds and have watched them progress and I am very proud of what they have achieved.”

Kelso won the final of the plate 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Robbie McKinley, Kyle Blaikie, Ian Gay and Euan Paul netted the Borders’ penalties, while keeper Keiran Slingsby performed heroics in saving two spot kicks.

Jason McIntosh was Kelso’s top scorer with five goals.