Fixture: Stirling Albion Junior Academy v Milton Reds
Competition: Under 17's Forth Valley FDL
On Saturday 14th March Milton Reds 1998s under 17’s were at home to Stirling Albion Young Reds in their League cup section match. The game was played at Stirling High School on the grass at Williamfield. The undulating surface made it difficult for both teams to play football and the match was not a great spectacle as both teams struggled to control and pass the ball properly on the difficult surface.
In the 3rd minute Milton got off to a good start when forward Callum Brown ran on to a fine through ball from team mate Jake Hurry and fired into the net passed the advancing Thomson in the home goal.
The game then never really got going as both teams never really settled into any pattern of play.
As the half wore on Milton gradually began to gain territorial advantage and after a few close calls finally doubled their advantage when forward Kros Brown took a pass from team-mate Callum to rifle home and the first half came to a close with Milton leading by two goals to nil.
Half Time : Stirling Albion Junior Academy 0-2 Milton Reds
The second half started with both teams knowing that the games momentum would determined by whichever side scored next.
Neither side seemed to get into any rhythm as the game tended to be rather stop start as the play never flowed for any length of time.
In the 73rd minute Milton scored after a corner was not cleared by the home defence and defender Jason Walker bundled the ball home from close in.
With the game drawing to a close Stirling gave themselves hope when the managed to score and they then pushed forward to try to rescue a result.
Their hopes faded when with three minutes left mid fielder Hamish McIntyre who had worked tirelessly scored to restore Milton’s three goal advantage.
In the final minute of the match Stirling scored but it only proved to be a consolation as the final whistle soon sounded and the points went away with the visitors from Milton.
Full Time : Stirling Albion Junior Academy 2-4 Milton Reds