Youth football teams all set for Super cup

NHS Lanarkshire chairwoman Neena Mahal (centre) at the semi-final draw with (l-r) head of Supercounty John Scott, Hamilton Accies secretary Scott Struthers, Motherwell's head of youth development Gordon Young and NHS Lanarkshire board secretary Neil Agnew.

NHS Lanarkshire chairwoman Neena Mahal (centre) at the semi-final draw with (l-r) head of Supercounty John Scott, Hamilton Accies secretary Scott Struthers, Motherwell's head of youth development Gordon Young and NHS Lanarkshire board secretary Neil Agnew.

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Youth sides from four of the county’s senior football clubs are set to play for the Lanarkshire Supercounty Under-17 Trophy.

The competition, sponsored by NHS Lanarkshire, aims to encourage, promote, foster and develop youth football as part of Supercounty’s Celebrating Lanarkshire 2013.

The cup draw was made by NHS Lanarkshire chairwoman Neena Mahal who paired Motherwell and Clyde in the first semi-final with Airdrieonians facing Hamilton Accies in the other.

The matches will be played at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Saturday, December 7, with the play off for third place and the final taking place a week later.

Neena said: “I want to thank the board of Supercounty for arranging this tournament and the fact that it is targeting young people is absolutely fantastic – an ideal precursor to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I have worked in deprived areas and know the difference it would make if young people had someone to talk to, somewhere to turn up to regularly and not be judged by where you come from, who you hang out with or your academic achievements.”

Head of Supercounty John Scott said: “I’m delighted that the four Lanarkshire senior clubs who run Under-17 teams as part of their youth development programme have agreed to support this tournament .

“Lanarkshire has a proud record of producing many talented players over the years who have gone on to play at the highest level.”