Four local Wigtownshire schoolboys were part of the Queen of the South Under 15s squad that took part last week in the annual Milk Cup competition in Northern Ireland.
Jordan Dunlop from Port William, Robbie Thomson from Minnigaff, Aaron Splain from Newton Stewart and Euan Drysdale from Kirkcowan all attend the Douglas Ewart High School and started their football careers with Newton Stewart based Galloway Thistle Youth Football Club.
Jordan and Robbie joined Queens from Kilmarnock and Aaron played for Clyde before coming to the Dumfries club. Euan has been at Palmerstone for several years and has turned into a very promising young goal-keeper.
Staying in Coleraine University the youngsters played there first match against Everton who were the eventual winners of the Milk Cup Junior Section going down by a solitary goal. Queens then failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Milk Cup competition being beaten very narrowly by Dundalk and Ipswich but managed to take the runners up medals in their group section of the Salver Cup after drawing two goals each with County Fermanagh and beating South Coast Strikers from the USA by six goals to four on the final day.
It was a great feat by the young Queens side and in particular for the Wigtownshire lads who saw their long journeys to Dumfries for training paying off. All four youngsters have represented the Dumfries and Galloway Schools Select in the past year and look to have a good future in football as they continue to improve as they grow older. It was a particularly special time for goalkeeper Euan Drysdale who was voted as player of the year for the season by his team-mates.