107 goals in the bag for teenage scoring sensation

Kieran, left, and Ryan Somerville. Picture: Neil McGlade
Kieran, left, and Ryan Somerville. Picture: Neil McGlade
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Records are there to be broken – even when they belong to your older brother!

When a then 17-year-old Ryan Somerville scored his 100th goal for Newbattle High School’s football team in 2011, he surely thought the milestone would remain unsurpassed for years to come.

Fast forward two years, though, and his record has been broken by someone very close to home…younger brother Kieran.

Kieran, 15, who has not long entered his fourth year at the Midlothian school, has managed to eclipse his brother’s benchmark, scoring an incredible 107 goals to date.

The new record holder, who also plays for Hearts Under-17s, said: “I thought Ryan would have been quite annoyed at me breaking his record but he says he is proud of me.

“I always go out thinking I want to score as many as I can in a game and then the next week I want to get even more. I score all kinds of goals but I’ve scored a lot of one-on-ones against the goalkeeper.

“At the end of this year, I’ll be getting a trophy for the record so it’s a big achievement for me as I’ve still got another two years of school to go.

“A lot of the boys are catching up with me on my height and they’re doubling up on me as well on the pitch. But I just want to keep adding to my record and I think it’s something I’m going to have wrapped up for quite some time.”

Previous youth clubs on Kieran’s CV read Easthouses, Bonnyrigg Rose and Tynecastle FC, before signing on with Hearts’ youth initiative set-up.

With some of his team-mates within his school Under-15 side also tied to both Hibs and Rangers, Kieran admits the school coach does his utmost to accommodate certain fixtures around the boys’ professional club commitments.

He said: “I train with Hearts on a Saturday morning so our teacher tries to get our school games on a Thursday or a Friday if possible. The two Hibs boys in the team also train on a Saturday so we try and work our fixtures around that. Professional football is what I want to do, but I’ve got another year after this with Hearts and that’s when they’ll need to decide if they want to offer me a contract or not.”

Kieran, left, has managed to find the net on 18 occasions this term already for Newbattle, despite the season being barely eight weeks in.

Father Sean is a regular fixture on the touchlines to support his son on the pitch and remains hopeful such prowess in front of goal will continue to help advance the teenager’s career in the right direction.

Sean said: “He plays in a really good football team at the school and they’re all really good friends which helps a lot. His record in one game was eight which was against Dalkeith just a couple of weeks ago, so he’s on fire and does what he does best which is scoring goals. When he first started playing with Easthouses, they played him at the back because he was the biggest player on the pitch.

“I’m absolutely delighted and it’s just phenomenal that I’ve got two laddies that can do what they’ve managed. The messages Kieran’s been getting have been great. He’s a very hard worker and rarely misses training, so I’ve said to him to just keep working away, keep his head down and he might just get a wee break as that’s all it needs.”