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Strathclyde treble scorers and now treble winners after cup final win at Dundee

Dundee University 0

Strathclyde University 3

Longcake 42, 47, Wilson 81
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2015
  • Riverside 3G
  • College & University
  • SSSC Final
Strathclyde won this high quality encounter, travelling east to take on Dundee in the University Scottish Cup Conference final at Riverside, on a deceiving sunny but bitter Wednesday afternoon.
 
Strathclyde already newly promoted league 2 champions, and with a cup win in the Glasgow region, faced former league opponents and recent title winners Dundee from league 3. Special recognition should go to both managers, Dundee's Logan McConnachie and Strathclyde's Andy Thomson for their already successful campaigns.
 
The opening minutes of the match saw Strathclyde show the initial possession with good interlinking passing.
 
The first strike on goal came from Hne Wilson from just outside the box on 4 minutes, with a low driven shot which was easily gathered by Dundee keeper David Temperley.
 
Strathclyde regained the possession imminently in the heart of midfield with Chris Hackland passing the ball wide right to Blair Shearer, but the ball was well intercepted by Dundee Luke McGeehan. His pass down the left to Scott Gray was well challenged by right full back Euan Wheeler. His pass into no 10 Brandon Longcake was pushed wide right to Wilson but again good defending by Dundee, this time Martyn McCabe clearing the danger almost 7 minutes into play.
 
Dundee quickly counter attacked down the left with several passes made, but the ball ran frustratingly away from the feet of Tom Casey and out for a goal kick.
 
Dundee's Barrie Pullar clashed heads with an opponent on 12 minutes in the centre of the park and was removed from play temporarily.
 
On 22 minutes a foul on Wilson earned a free kick 22 yards out in the centre. Taken by Longcake which was well blocked by the Dundee wall and went out for a corner.
 
The resulting corner from the right high into the box was headed down by Jordan Morrison into the feet of Wilson. A scramble in the box saw Longcake latch onto the ball but Temperley again retrieved the ball at the midfielder's feet.
 
A foul by Dundee's McGeehan on Shearer on 18 minutes resulted in a free kick 35 yards out. The quick lay off by Hackland to Ryan Ralston was shot high over the bar.
 
Strathclyde continued to pressure the Dundee defence down the left, with Lloyd Robertson overlapping Dundee full back Lee Gallacher. The pass was laid off to Longcake, who's good cross into the box was connected by the head of Shearer, but not enough power in his effort and collected by Temperley on 20 minutes.
 
Longcake's creativity was really becoming a joy to watch, with his individual skill and assets dominant in Clyde's opportunities. Dundee were resilient and fending off any potential danger, in particular Marco Notarangelo.
 
A free kick by Morrison high into the box was headed away by the central defender which then fell at the feet of Casey, but his shot unfortunately yards wide of the left hand post. A further chance fell to number 8 Scott Wightman after he was set up from a quick passing move involving several players, but he over hit the ball, and once more the ball going high over the bar on 25 minutes.
 
Wilson was put through on goal by Longcake's through header beyond the Dundee back four on 28 minutes, but was called off side.
 
A free kick 50 yards out was drifted in from the left but again Notarangelo sweeping up the incoming cross inside the box. The clearance fell to Wheeler on the right and his in swinging ball was met by Morrison's boot, but the shot lacked speed and collected by the keeper easily.
 
Dundee were now retaliating and pursuing that all important opening goal with Pullar down the left cutting inside, laying the ball to Shearer, his shot from just outside the box easily gathered by Clyde keeper Joe Wilton on 32 minutes played.
 
The first really testing effort for Temperley was Longcake's low driven shot from 20 yards out to his left post a minute later. The powerful strike was well parried from the tip of his left hand and out for a corner.
 
The resulting corner swung in was headed off the keeper's right hand post by Morrison inside the box.
 
Dundee then broke away and the ball down the left to McCabe resulted in a 20 yard strike from his left boot, but a couple of yards to the left of Wilton's post who tipped it out for a further corner on 37 minutes.
 
The match was very evenly balanced with several chances accrued from both teams.
 
With just a few minutes to half time Wilson earned a corner for Clyde on the right, taken by Hackland high into the centre of the box was met by Morrison's head but diverted high over the bar.
 
The long anticipated opening goal was eventually scored by Longcake's strike on 42 minutes. He struck a decisive and powerful shot past a helpless Temperley, from 25 yards out to his right. Excellent initial build up play from Wheeler, Wightman and Ralston down the left created the goal.
 
The opening 45 was evenly balanced and this could have been anyone's win for the taking. Could 'Clyde increase their lead or Dundee equalise early, and the contest truly on.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee University
  • 0-1
  • Strathclyde University
Into the second half and Dundee's mission was inevitably to equalise quickly. 
 
But Strathclyde looked like they were determined to capitalise on their one goal lead and succeeded just 2 minute into play.
 
Longcake grabbing his second and now importantly leading 2-0 on 47 minutes. He struck the free kick low past Temperley's right hand side from 25 yards out.
 
Soon after the referee was called over by the linesman for a presumed off the ball incident and subsequently brandished a yellow card to Longcake. Due to the gathering of players the decision was difficult to access.
 
Dundee then had a couple of attacks down the flanks, but these were efficiently dealt with by the Strathclyde defence.
 
A further free kick by Longcake on 52 minutes, on the hunt for a hat trick from 20 yards out, guided the ball over the wall and rattled the top right of the crossbar.
 
An opportunity by No 11 Daniel Neath's through ball down the left, found Casey's left foot. His drive from the edge of the box went agonisingly wide of Wilton's left hand post on 55 minutes.
 
Longcake was fouled moments later on the edge of the box by McGeehan, and consequently shown a yellow card. Longcake took the free kick himself, but his shot rose high over the bar to Temperley's right.
 
Dundee then found themselves moments later with a free kick 20 yards out in the centre of the pitch, Casey's right foot shot blocked by the wall.
 
Gallacher's good run down the right and lead up cross into the box on the hour mark was headed by Pullar 8 yards out, but easily taken in the hands by Wilton.
 
There was now an almighty tussle in the centre circle for possession and both teams making opportunities. Several shots on goal squandered from long distance.
 
Robertson of 'Clyde had the next chance on goal when his cross beat the keeper, but came back of the post to the right hand side on 69 minutes.
 
Predominantly creating goal scoring opportunities, Longcake's free kick on 70 minutes going inches wide of Dundee keeper Temperley's left. 
 
Substitutions at this point from Dundee saw Pullar, who seemed to not have recovered fully from the knock to the head in the first half, was replaced by Raheem Simms.  Ryan Aitken replacing Neath and Shearer taken off for James Aitken of Strathclyde.
 
The defining moment of the match came on 78 minutes later when Temperley took down Wilson inside the box and given a yellow card for the foul. A Penalty kick awarded and a further opportunity for Longcake to score his hat trick and undoubtedly secure the cup for Starthclyde. He stepped up and struck the penalty well, to the left, but Temperley redeemed himself with a fine caught save.
 
With just minutes to go Dundee needed two goals to take the match into extra time, but unfortunately, but deservedly Strathclyde scored the final goal of the match for 3-0 and surely the Conference Cup heading home West to Glasgow.
 
Wilson put through one on one with the keeper and composingly slotted the ball low past the keeper on 81 minutes. Wilson was then replaced by Robert West on 84 minutes.
 
The final chances for goal number four and Longcake's wishful hat trick was a strike off the post again 3 minutes from time from 20 yards out. His further strike soon after was easily gathered by Temperley and a further strike immediately after, going agonisingly wide to the left. He was so determined to grasp that coveted accolade, but it never came. 
 
West also went close with a couple of opportunites at goal with a shot narrowly wide, and again whizzing past a defender and clipping a shot off the post. 
 
A thoroughly entertaining and high quality spectacle, with both teams working hard.
 
It was a case of Longcake stealing the limelight and Strathclyde taking their chances when required. Dundee put in a good battle and made some good chances but unlike them could not capitalise in front of goal.
 
So in overall perspective both teams are newly promoted. Strathclyde secure the treble and looking to secure their third consecutive promotion and league championship in the now top division.
 
 
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  • Full Time:
  • Dundee University
  • 0-3
  • Strathclyde University

Lineups

Dundee University
Strathclyde University
1. David Temperley (c)
2. Lee Gallacher
3. Martyn McCabe
4. Simon Eldridge
5. Marco Notarangelo
6. Luke McGeehan
7. Tom Casey
8. Barrie Pullar
9. Scott Gray
10. Craig Blyth
11. Daniel Neath
12. Ryan Aitken
14. Andrew Carnaghan
15. Chris Liversedge
16. Fabien Maier
Raheem Simms
1. Joe Wilton
2. Euan Wheeler (c)
3. Lloyd Robertson
4. Ryan Ralston
5. Yiorgos Kanellos
6. Jordan Morrison
7. Chris Hackland
8. Scott Wightman
9. Blair Shearer
10. Brandon Longcake
11. Hne Wilson
12. Robert West
13. Adam Rennie (GK)
14. James Aitken
16. Craig Morrison
17. David Aubrey
Star Player
Dundee University
Strathclyde University
David Temperley :

Although conceding 3 goals it could've been far more if it weren't for the towering no 1. Some fine finger tip saves, the penalty stop and great bravery at the feet with interceptions were testament to him and was an exemplary captain.
Brandon Longcake :

His overall creativity on the ball and assists were quality. He scored two fantastic goals and was agonisingly close to achieving a hat trick on several occasions. It was an absolute privilege to witness such a naturally gifted player, who could and should go on to greater things professionally.
Magic Moment
Dundee University
Strathclyde University
Temperley's fine shot stop from Longcake's penalty kept Dundee's chances alive
Longcake's two free kick strikes were of the highest quality. Precision and power to put Strathclyde two up.
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