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Cathkin beat St Ambrose to claim title

St Ambrose HS 1

McCartney 77

Cathkin HS 3

Dickson 26 (p), Ryan 62, Hunter 79
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015
  • Somervell Park, Cambuslang
  • Under 15´s
  • LLSFA League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Cathkin High School came out on top in this closely-fought, league-deciding contest against Lanarkshire rivals St. Ambrose. The match took place in glorious conditions at Somervell Park, home of local junior side Cambuslang Rangers.

Cathkin certainly deserved to come out on top and the 3-1 scoreline was fair reward for their efforts. That being said, if a little luck had went the Coatbridge side's way, then the match could easily have been drawn. With the match heading into the last few minutes and with St. Ambrose two goals down, they managed to raise their game and put the Cathkin defence under intense pressure that  produced a goal and several chances but in the end their defence was left exposed when Cathkin counter attacked and settled the match with a third goal.

The match was finely balanced early on as both sides attempted to gain supremacy, and mainly played in midfield. It was a scrappy affair that started at a hectic pace that made it difficult for either team to settle down and feel comfortable on the ball, maybe down to nerves.

Calan Pacitti of St Ambrose was first to create an opportunity when, in the 13th minute, he managed to go past a Cathkin defender and shoot from 15 yards but Cathkin goalkeeper Kyle Miller saved comfortably.

With a quarter of the match played, Cathkin broke from defence with a ball played into the St Ambrose half. Lewis Ryan brought the ball under control and played it inside perfectly for Scott Williamson to blast off the crossbar from 15 yards.

Within five minutes Cathkin went one up when they were awarded a spot kick after a St Ambrose defender committed a clumsy challenge. Joe Dickson stepped up and confidently converted, 1-0.

Dickson showed a touch of class when he won the ball 30 yards from the St Ambrose goal, went past a player before nipping between two defenders and letting loose from the edge of the penalty area. The strike inched past the post.

St Ambrose finished the first half strongly and were awarded a free kick after a spell of pressure. Pacitti swung the ball into the six yard area and Daniel Zekaj managed to head towards goal but Miller was able to save comfortably.

  • Half Time:
  • St Ambrose HS
  • 0-1
  • Cathkin HS

St Ambrose began the second half much the same as they had finished the first with another stint in the Cathkin half and won a free kick. The ball was played into the box with Connor Neilson shooting wide. A second free kick was awarded to the Coatbridge side minutes later. From 35 yards, Scott Finnieston struck the ball long into a dangerous area in front of goal and Ryan Lindsay read the flight of the ball and headed onto the crossbar.

With 20 minutes of the second half played, Dickson won the ball inside the Cathkin half and made a strong run towards the St Ambrose goal. Unfortunately for him, he was brought down with a trip on the half way line and was awarded a free kick. The ball was struck high and long and came down close to the right by-line and the ball it was headed back in front of the goal. Noone was able to take control and the ball rolled out for Lewis Ryan to hammer in from eight yards, 0-2.

With the clock running down and only three minutes of normal time left, St Ambrose broke and a nice ball was played in field for Mark McCartney to hit his strike first time and brought his side to within one goal of Cathkin.

Within a minute of the restart, he had another effort from 20 yards which was saved by Miller. St Ambrose were applying pressure on the Cathkin defence and it looked as if they might actually get a second until Hunter came to the rescue and made the most of the couple of chances that came his way. The stretched St Ambrose defence looked fragile now. His first shot on goal was well saved by Krystian Kis but his second came from a well-placed pass that was played across the inside of the six yard box for him to place easily into the net, 1-3.

Cathkin and St Ambrose both managed to give their all in this winner-takes-all encounter with neither relenting until the referee blew for full time. St Ambrose can be proud of their efforts in defeat but it was Cathkin who were crowned champions.

  • Full Time:
  • St Ambrose HS
  • 1-3
  • Cathkin HS

Lineups

St Ambrose HS
Cathkin HS
1. K Kis
2. R Lindsey
3. M Curran
4. L Wallace
5. S Finnieston
6. A Gardiner
7. C Neilson
8. D Zekaj
9. C Pacitti
10. A Reilly
11. M Green
12. B Shaw
14. L Corns
16. M McCartney
16. M Doran
1. K Miller GK
2. J McLean
3. D Thompson
4. J Main
5. C Miller
6. E MacLeod
7. J Hall
8. J Dickson
9. S Williamson
10. L Ryan
11. B Hunter
12. H Shah
14. A Lindsey
15. K Moffat
16. R Hendry
Star Player
St Ambrose HS
Cathkin HS
Calan Pacitti - Although he did not manage to get on the scoresheet, he gave the Cathkin defence a hard time up front.
Baillie Hunter - Scored a an excellent goal and his performance inside the St Ambrose half was great.
Magic Moment
St Ambrose HS
Cathkin HS
Mark McCartney's late second-half goal.
Second and third goals, both were well structured and expertly finished.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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