Greg Hurst and his U20’s teammates begin their Development League season at home to Dunfermline Athletic on Tuesday night.
The forward from Dunblane is itching to get the new season underway and believes a win on the opening day is crucial in setting the tone for the rest of the campaign.
“It’s key to start your season with a win. It gives the team alot of confidence and gives you momentum going into the next game with Celtic. But we’re not looking past Dunfermline which has our total focus. Everyone’s looking forward to it and everyone is looking really good in training.
“Dunfermline will be a strong team. We only beat them by a goal last time but it was a game I feel we dominated. They will be a good test because they might play some older players alongside their development ones. But it’s essential to get 3 points from the first game, especially when it’s at home.”
The Development side already have a competitive game under their belt after playing Turriff United in the Irn Bru Challenge cup earlier this month. The youngsters will feel unlucky not to at least take the game to extra time as Turriff scored with minutes remaining to win 2-1 to set up a second round tie with Montrose.
“We were obviously disappointed to go out in the first round of the cup but have taken many positives. It was good personally to get a goal but it didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. It was a tough battle coming up against grown men but there was no doubt that we were the better footballing side. In the draw they got Montrose who we felt we could have done well against if we had progressed.”
The summer has seen the U20’s side transform due to the promotion of U17’s players to the fulltime set up while the older players, like George Hunter and Eoghan McCawl, have stepped up into the first team squad. Despite the changes, Hurst believes that the new-look side have many similarities with last season’s team.
“I feel we have a big attacking threat going forward with lots of pace, which was one of our main strengths last year. The young boys who’ve come up fit into that mould and play good football. If the younger ones gel with the players who were in the U20’s last year then I’m sure we’ll have another successful season.”
**Saints' U20's begin their Development League season on Tuesday night when Dunfermline Atheltic visit McDiarmid Park.
Kick off is 6pm and admission is £5 for adult and £2 for concessions (over 65's and children). Season Tickets holders gain entry free of charge.**
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