East Kilbride Community Trust recently ran our 2nd summer 11-a-side tournament which is aimed at workplaces and groups of friends who don’t usually take park in organised 11-a-side football.
Rangers vs Celtic kicked off the tournament when Celtic defeated Rangers in the first match. Parks motor group captain lifted the trophy for the winning team.
The weather was great throughout the tournament Runners up EK Celtic were presented with runners-up medals and winners Parks motor group also receive their medals.
Last year’s winners South Lanarkshire Council were again represented within the 7 teams, as well as several new groups including the Science centre and groups of local Rangers and Celtic supporters.
The first match was an Old Firm derby and a strong Celtic side overcame Rangers 7-3.
In the second match Parks motor group defeated Stewart Nicol transport 7-0 in a one sided affair. Parks entered last year and were disappointed to be disqualified by the organisers therefore had a point to prove this year and went about it in the correct manner from the 1st whistle.
The 3rd game was a match between two regular ‘social’ users of K-Park, an older “veterans” team against a young vibrant team who were representing the science centre. The youth of today would be the eventual winners of the match, securing their place in the semi finals with a comfortable victory.
The semi-finals were completed with South Lanarkshire Council, who received a bye after the eighth team who made up the tournament pulled out at the last minute.
The semi-finals were East Kilbride Celtic Select vs Science centre and Parks motor group (EK) vs South Lanarkshire Council. A late night and a few sore heads meant Science centre were a weak challenge for the Celtic Select who booked their place in the final with a 6-0 victory. The other semi-final, however, was a thrilling encounter.
South Lanarkshire Council, as holders, went into the match as slight favourites but Parks Motor Group had impressed in the previous match and would always pose a threat. The fact that the two teams don’t play regularly was evident as the match was a high scoring affair which Parks finally won 5-4. Both teams gave an excellent account of themselves in high temperatures and Parks would have been glad that the final was 5 days away!
After five matches the final would be contested by Parks Motor Group and East Kilbride Celtic Select in front of a big crowd at K-Park. The two teams produced an excellent match but there could only be one winner. The eventual victors were parks motor Group who secured a 2-1 victory with a goal around ten minutes from time.
East Kilbride Community Trust would like to thank all teams for taking part and look forward to welcoming you back next year. Each team helped raise in the region of £1000 which will go back into the community. Our main aim this year is to raise funds for a specially adapted wheelchair accessible minibus to help transportation to the projects we run in the community. The money raised in this tournament will make a massive difference. Thank you once again.