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United take the points in Cumbernauld derby

Cumbernauld United 5

Smith 13, Docherty 15, 27, Sbragia 52, 60

Cumbernauld Colts 0

  • Saturday, 18 April 2015
  • Lomond Grove, Cumbernauld
  • Under 13´s
  • Cumbernauld and Kilsyth League

Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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Doubles from Kevin Docherty and Nico Sbragia helped Cumbernauld United to a 5-0 victory over local rivals Cumbernauld Colts.

With both teams battling it out in mid table, this match was about bragging rights as much as anything. United have a five-point advantage over Colts prior to the game and with home advantage they started as favourites.

They were certainly out of the traps quicker than the opposition who had goalkeeper Reece Egan to thank in the early stages - first for rushing off his line to clear Docherty’s through ball and then for a fine save to stop Ben Smith’s curling corner going straight in at the near post.

Colts fashioned their first chance of the match through Reiss Rooney who cut in from the left wing, beat his man and flashed a shot across the front of goal, but it didn’t trouble United goalie Munro Chalmers.

The opening goal came from good play by Docherty whose shot from the edge of the box was tipped wide by Egan in the Colts goal. The resulting corner was a carbon copy of the earlier attempt except this time Smith managed to curl the ball away from Egan and into the back of the net. A goal direct from a corner is a rare thing but Smith seemed to have a knack for it.

With the goal boosting their confidence, United went in search of the second and got it soon after. Paddy Gillan’s hard work paid off when, after chasing after the ball to prevent a throw, he executed a lovely turn to beat his marker, before playing in Docherty who exchanged a neat one-two on the edge of the box with Daniel McGarvey and slotted home for the second.

United had bossed the early stages and were good value for their two goal lead but Colts were determined not to give up. Kian Docherty played in Jacob Kennedy but his shot was bravely headed clear by Martin Pollock and then Sean Paul Spiers gave Docherty a chance of his own but the Colts striker was thwarted at the near post by Chalmers.

Spiers next released Kennedy in the box, as Colts continued to search for a goal to get them back in the game, but United’s Dominic Boyle got across with a brilliantly timed tackle to stop the striker from getting his shot off.

Then, a quick throw in by Jake Lindsay gave Spiers the opportunity to cross to Kian Callaghan who forced another good save from the United keeper.

It was a good response from Colts who did not let their heads go down despite the scoreline. Unfortunately, they could not take any of their chances and United came back into the game.

They almost got the third in unusual circumstances. McGarvey showed good footwork on the left wing and his cross struck James Marshall on the shoulder and dropped just wide.

When it did come it was another Smith free-kick that created it. From the half-way line his lofted ball found Docherty unmarked in the box and he had time to take a touch to bring it down and then smash it into the roof the net for 3-0.

Smith almost created the fourth before half time when his corner fell to Ethan McDermott who shot wide. McDermott then turned provider with a ball over the top for Marshall to run on to. Marshall chose to take it first time and was unlucky to see it go a few inches by the top corner in the last action of the half.

  • Half Time:
  • Cumbernauld United
  • 3-0
  • Cumbernauld Colts

Buoyed by the three goal lead, United came out for the second half looking hungry for more. Lewis Holland’s fizzing long-range shot went narrowly wide of the post and then McGarvey hit the crossbar after Egan had punched clear a corner. Sbragia’s shot hit the side-netting as it began to look inevitable the fourth goal would come. 

Colts had other ideas however, and were still offering plenty of effort and pressing high up the pitch to create a good spell of pressure. Spiers and Callaghan were interchanging well down the left hand side and it was often an unlucky bounce or unfortunate ricochet that stopped them from breaking through a solid United defence.

When Callaghan did get a through ball to run onto, substitute United keeper Callum Hopkins and defender Dominic Boyle combined to block his shot. Then when Lindsay beat two men to burst into the United box, defender Martin Pollock was there with the tackle to stop him.

The United defence were determined to keep a clean sheet, and after an intense 15 minutes where they looked like getting back into the game, Colts began to tire.

Another Smith corner was headed onto the roof of the net and Docherty’s shot on the spin just missed the top corner as United searched for the fourth. Colts had goalkeeper Egan to thank for saving from Sbragia at close range and then racing out to the right-wing to clear the ball before a United player could follow up.

Unfortunately for Egan he couldn’t keep out Sbragia moments later. McDermott headed a corner down to Lewis Wilson whose shot was blocked on the line by a defender before Sbragia knocked it in to make it 4-0.

United were very much on top at this point and the goal had been coming. The only surprise was it wasn’t Paddy Gillan who got on the scoresheet. He was full of running the entire game and came close on many occasions, particularly just after the fourth goal when he showed great strength to hold off his marker and attempted to lob the goalkeeper. Egan managed to get a hand to it and was grateful for Cameron Joyce helping to get it clear.

The last minute of the game saw action at both ends. Searching for a consolation goal, Lindsay’s throw-in set Callaghan off down the wing and his cross was perfect for Spiers who was once again unlucky as he could only hit the post. As Colts were cursing their bad fortune once again, United counter-attacked down the left wing with Sbragia who hit a powerful effort into the keeper’s bottom left corner to finish the match.

An entertaining and high-tempo match played in great spirits that wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline suggests but it’s Cumbernauld United who took the three points thanks to some clinical finishing and excellent set-pieces.

Cumbernauld Colts will need to regroup before their next match against high-flyers Kirkshaws Colts but will take heart from the effort shown in the second half and hope they have used up all their bad luck in this game.

  • Full Time:
  • Cumbernauld United
  • 5-0
  • Cumbernauld Colts


Cumbernauld United
Cumbernauld Colts
1.Munro Chalmers
2.Ethan McDermott
3. Dominic Boyle
4.Martin Pollock
6. Ellis McDade
7. James Marshall
9. Paddy Gillan
10. Reiss Rooney
11. Greg McMillan
15. Daniel McGarvey
16. Nico Sbragia
17. Lewis Wilson
18. Ben Smith
19. Lewis Holland
20. Kevin Docherty
21. Callum Hopkins
1. Reece Egan
2. Cameron Stewart
3. Matthew Wyne
4. Connor Stevenson
6. Josh Allen
7. Sean Paul Spiers
8. Cameron Joyce
9. Kian Callaghan
10. Jake Lindsay
11. Jacob Kennedy
12. Max Mosson
14. Jordan Docherty
15. Jamie Bryce
16. Calum Burke
Star Player
Cumbernauld United
Cumbernauld Colts
Ben Smith's set pieces were a constant source of opportunity for the Cumbernauld United team. If he wasn't setting up his team mates he was scoring direct from them himself. A real weapon that gives United the chance to score almost every time there is a dead ball situation.
Connor Stevenson played well for Colts at the back. He sniffed out many an attack before it became a clear opportunity and was regularly the one clearing the ball and taking the pressure off the Colts backline.
Magic Moment
Cumbernauld United
Cumbernauld Colts
A goal direct from a corner is a rare event but Ben Smith clearly knows how to do it. After coming close once he pulled it off with his second corner, bending it into the near post and making it impossible for the man on the post or the goalkeeper to do anything about it. An excellent goal that got the ball rolling for United.
Three of Colts' best attacking players linked well in the final minute to turn a throw in into a good chance for Sean Paul Spiers who was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post. Despite being well behind in the game it was a good example of Colts refusing to give up and almost getting a reward for their hard work.
Club Views
Cumbernauld United
Cumbernauld Colts
Jim Marshall, Cumbernauld United Chairman said "I think both teams played their part in quite a good game actually. If it had went to 2-1 it might have been a slightly different game. The boys held their shape quite well, did what we asked them to do in training. We're sitting mid-table and I'm quite happy with that as long as they learn and they develop - that's what this club is all about."

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