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Dalziel delight at Cup final triumph

Dalziel BC 2

Trella 12' MacFarlane 53'

Westwood Rovers FC 1

MacMillan 67'
  • Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • K Park
  • Under 16´s
  • LFDA Cup final

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

An early goal in each half was enough to help Dalziel BC overcome Westwood Rovers in a tight and feisty LFDA Cup Final at K Park. Goals from Dustin Trella and Andrew MacFarlane had seemingly put Dalziel on easy street before a reply from Lewis MacFarlane set up a nervy and exciting final 15 minutes.
It was a thrilling end to a match that had taken a while to get started. A series of niggly fouls coupled with both teams showing signs of nerves meant that chances for both teams were few and far between.
In fact, it wasn’t until the opening goal after 12 minutes that either team threatened, and even then there was a huge slice of luck involved. Having been awarded a free kick on the halfway line, Trella launched a hopeful ball into the Westwood box, only for it to get caught in the wind and evade everyone before bouncing over the helpless Andrew Dolan in the Westwood goal and into the net.
Westwood almost replied immediately when a fantastic right-sided free kick found the head of the unmarked William Whitecross six yards out, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.
With the deadlock broken the game began to open up a bit, although clear cut chances were still at a premium. Dalziel in particular looked dangerous through the pacey MacFarlane and Jamie Sheldon up front, and it was the two of them that linked up well to create Dalziel’s best opportunity to double their lead before half time. Following a cleared Westwood corner, the ball fell to Sheldon who, after a brilliant piece of skill on the halfway line to beat a man, found himself driving at the last defender. He picked out the unmarked Macfarlane who was denied brilliantly by the dive of Dolan when clean through on goal.
Before the referee brought an end to the first half, there was still time for Westwood striker Connor Thompson to sting the hands of keeper Callum Rankin, who had to get down low to his left to save a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box.
  • Half Time:
  • Dalziel BC
  • 1-0
  • Westwood Rovers FC
Dalziel’s were quickly rewarded for their blistering start to the second half when some fantastic link up play between Sheldon and Jack Lobban down the left created space for Lobban to pick out MacFarlane with his cross. This time, he made no mistake when presented with a sight of goal; finishing emphatically low to his left to put daylight between the sides.
Westwood huffed and puffed as they looked for a way back into the match but, despite enjoying the majority of possession, they struggled to create any chances and it began to look as if the match was getting away from them.
However, in a moment not dissimilar to Dalziel’s opener, they found a goal in bizarre circumstances. A long throw into the box from Oisin Owens bounced over the head of Rankin and, before it could cross the line without a touch, Lewis MacMillan popped up to prod home from on the goal line and set up an exciting finale.
Spurred on by the confidence that came with the goal, Westwood looked more dangerous than at any point previously in the match. An Owens knockdown released Whitecross but defensive pressure meant he scuffed his shot straight at the keeper when through on goal.
Owens himself came close to getting on the score sheet when he headed narrowly over from a corner whilst Charlie Stenskie was played through on goal but skewed his shot wide with what proved to be Westwood’s final meaningful attack.  
  • Full Time:
  • Dalziel BC
  • 2-1
  • Westwood Rovers FC


Dalziel BC
Westwood Rovers FC
1. Callum Rankin
2. Craig Lees
3. Brandon MacKenzie
4. Jack Kelly
5. Ross Kinnaird
6. Keiran Pollock
7. Jamie Sheldon
8. Andrew MacFarlane
9. Connor Thompson
10. Jack Lobban
11. Cameron Dickson
12. Jack Thompson
14. Dustin Trellan
15. Connor Britton
16. Drew Lithgow
18. William Crossan
19. Kieran MacDonald
20. Gary Mullen
22. Gary Roberts
23. Ryan Sedgeworth
1. Andrew Dolan
3. Oisin Owens
4. Nathan McLlelan
5. Jack MacQuire
8. Mark Dorran
9. William Whitecross
10. Charlie Stenskie
11. Kieran Douglas
16. Ryan Dick
18. Lewis MacMillan
21. Kyle Mair
23. Greg Kelly
Star Player
Dalziel BC
Westwood Rovers FC
Jamie Sheldon - held the ball up all afternoon and was always capable of beating a defender.
Oisin Owens - was a physical presence upfront all match.
Magic Moment
Dalziel BC
Westwood Rovers FC
The build up play between Sheldon and Lobban for the second goal was the best passage of football from either side.
Dolan's save to deny MacFarlane late in the first half was straight out the top drawer.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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