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Motherwell Community edge out Rannoch Rovers

Rannoch Rovers 0

Motherwell Community Trust 1

Etherson 60
  • Saturday, 21 March 2015
  • Langloan Sports Centre, Coatbridge
  • Under 13´s
  • Central Lanarkshire Youth Football Association League

Ben Lester | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Kieran Etherson's goal ten minutes from time gave Motherwell Community Trust a 1-0 victory over Rannoch Rovers in their Central Lanarkshire Youth Football Association League match on Saturday.
The first half was tight with neither team creating many clear cut chances. Motherwell perhaps had more of the play however several attacks were cut out by the solid Joshua Lowe in the Rannoch defence.
Ten minutes in Dylan Morrow played a through ball to Etherson however his shot from a tight angle was comfortably saved by Ryan McDonald in the Rannoch goal.
With Motherwell playing further forward, there were chances for Rannoch to break quickly and on twelve minutes a counter attack saw Keiran Gray put through but Motherwell goalkeeper James Low was quick off his lines to smother the ball before Gray could get his shot away.
Just over five minutes later Motherwell had two good chances to take the lead. A good passing move down the left hand side saw a good chance for Motherwell go begging. Morrow flashed a ball across the goal that was just asking to be stuck away but there were no takers and the ball went out for a throw in to Rannoch. From the resulting thrown in, Motherwell pressed high up the park and won the ball back. The ball found its way to Geordan O'Brian who had found space just over twenty yards out. He struck the ball sweetly, but his shot went just wide of the post.
Another counter attack saw them nearly take the lead. After some good play down the right wing, a low cross was swung in and a couple of deflections saw it land at Nicky Presland's feet. His shot however was well saved by Low who pushed the ball out for a corner.
Daryl Bowie's pace had caused Rannoch a few problems during the first half and he came close to opening the scoring with less than ten minutes of the first half to play. He received the ball midway in the Rannoch half and beat a few defenders before shooting straight at McDonald from just inside the area.
Rannoch ended the half strongly and some great play from Presland almost lead to the opener. He received the ball and ran straight at the Motherwell backline, beating several players before forcing Low into a great save who palmed his high shot wide of the post.
  • Half Time:
  • Rannoch Rovers
  • 0-0
  • Motherwell Community Trust
The first chance of the second half went Motherwell's way when they won a corner five minutes in. The corner was only half cleared and Bowie had a great chance to score but his shot was saved by McDonald.
A quarter of an hour in to the second half the Motherwell players were adamant they should have had a penalty. A high cross into the Rannoch area was parried away by McDonald who collided with Morrow as he landed. The referee waved play on, which looked to be the correct decision.
Soon after, Rannoch had their best chance of the game. They won a corner and the ball fell to Allan Chalmers, however his goal bound effort was cleared off the line.
Ten minutes after that, and with ten minutes of the game left, the deadlock was broken. A ball into the Rannoch area dropped to Etherson who hit a half volley from 18 yards out that flew into the back of the net. One nil to Motherwell.
Motherwell had several half chances to double their lead in the final ten minutes, however some good goalkeeping from McDonald, who was quick off his line to gather, ensured that Motherwell's lead remained at one.
The win sees Motherwell remain in 6th place in the league, level on points Airdrionians BC in 5th and five points ahead of 7th placed Stonehouse, whom they play next weekend. Rannoch Rovers remain in 12th place ahead of next weeks clash against 3rd placed Jerviston FC.
  • Full Time:
  • Rannoch Rovers
  • 0-1
  • Motherwell Community Trust


Rannoch Rovers
Motherwell Community Trust
1. Ryan McDonald
2. Christopher Jordan
3. Josh Cappie
5. Aiden Bradley
7. Aaron Boyd
8. Joshua Lowe
9. Keiran Gray
10. Aidan Barlow
11. Allan Chalmers
12. Peter O'Rourke
16. Nicky Presland
17. Meer Ahmed
21. Sean Holmes
1. James Low
2. Robbie Payne
3. Luke Colman
4. Jack Dickson
5. Daryl Bowie
6. Geordan O'Brian
7. Luke Duthart
8. Aaron Baxter
9. Brogan McBride
11. Dylan Morrow
14. Adam Haggerty
15. James McMillan
16. Clarke McIntosh
17. Jack Lilly
18. Kieran Etherson
19. Aiden O'Neill
Star Player
Rannoch Rovers
Motherwell Community Trust
Ryan McDonald had a good game in goal for Rannoch Rovers. He made a few smart stops and was quick off his line to stop attacks.
Daryl Bowie was a threat to Rannoch the whole game with his direct running and pace. Unlucky not to score.
Magic Moment
Rannoch Rovers
Motherwell Community Trust
Nicky Presland's run and shot before half time. A great run past several players before his powerful shot was well saved by the goalkeeper. It deserved a goal.
Keiran Etherson's winner. A well placed volley that struck the post as it went in. Goals win you games.
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