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Colts breeze past Moorlands in Central Region Cup final

Moorlands Reds 1

Robertson 66'

Cumbernauld Colts 4

McKay 31' 49' Milne 52' McGarahan 65'
  • Saturday, 06 June 2015
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Central Region Cup

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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It was a comfortable victory for Cumbernauld in the u17 SYFA central region cup final despite their opposition making life difficult at many times throughout the game at Stenhousemuir which finished 4-1 against Moorlands BC.
 
A brace from Cameron Mckay, a penalty from Ryan Milne and a goal from Michael McGarahan put the Colts 4-0 up in what was a commanding and clinical performance. Dean Robertson pulled a consolation goal back for Moorlands but in the end they were defeated despite putting up a good fight.
 
Moorlands had the first opportunity of the game from a set piece, McNulty’s corner was met by the head of Marc Skelton and his header was just wide. Not the first time Moorlands would threaten from set pieces in this game.
 
However Cumbernauld gave a sign of things to come when McGarahan headed Cameron McKay’s free kick onto the crossbar in the 26th minute. Four minutes later they had the first goal of the match. Connor McAteer’s cross was knocked down to Sam Rodger by Cameron McKay whose shot was well blocked by the Moorlands defence, but Boys Club could not stop McKay following up with the rebound from the block and his shot was finessed into the far corner.
 
Cumbernauld were on top and they had a plethora of chances before half time, notably McKay’s who took McGarahan’s corner on the full volley with excellent technique. Unfortunately for him the ball did not fly into the back of the net but the Colts were on top as the half-time whistle blew.
  • Half Time:
  • Moorlands Reds
  • 0-1
  • Cumbernauld Colts
The second half started extremely well for Cumbernauld as they scored their second on 49 minutes. Connor McAteer showed great spirit to win the ball back after he had lost it and he played a perfect through-ball to McKay who drove forward into the opposition box with his chipped finish ending up in the far corner of the net.
 
It did not take long for Cumbernauld to take the game out of Moorlands’ hands. McAteer’s pace was too hot to handle for the opposition defence and as he drove into the box the keeper could do nothing as they clashed together resulting in the ref pointing to the spot as Connor McAteer was bundled over. The captain Ryan Milne stepped up for the penalty and despite keeper Fallon diving the right way. Milne’s penalty was cool and clinical to put his side three up.
 
Moorlands caused a scare for the winning side though when McNeil’s corner was headed powerfully by Skelton towards the far corner, only for the ball to be cleared off the line with the keeper beat.
 
Despite Moorlands causing problems, Cumbernauld did not stop and they had their fourth on 65 minutes. A great corner routine saw McKay play a pass along the ground to Sam Rodger who in turn curled a cross into the box which was met by the head of McGarahan to round off the Cumbernauld scoring.
 
The celebrations were cut short however when Moorlands pulled one back to take away the Colts clean sheet. Jonnie Walker's cross from the right was not claimed by the keeper who was pressured and it fell to Robertson who volleyed it into an empty net to bring one back for his team.
 
McAteer and McKay were combining again soon after the goal, the former playing an overhead through ball which fell to McKay whose shot was wide of the left post.
 
Moorlands began to up the pressure as their set piece count increased. Calvin Cowie was causing a lot of problems for the opposition defence and his header from Mookus’ free kick was only just wide. Not long later his shot from the left of the box was well saved at the near post as Moorlands desperately tried to fight their way back into the game.
 
Unfortunately for them, the final whistle cut short their efforts and despite their consolation goal Moorlands could not prevent a Cumbernauld victory. The clinical finishing of McKay and his combination play with McAteer was great to the eye and in the end the Colts’ strike force was the difference.
 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Moorlands Reds
  • 1-4
  • Cumbernauld Colts

Lineups

Moorlands Reds
Cumbernauld Colts
1. Lloyd Fallon
2. Aiden McElhinney
4. Mark McNulty
5. Dean Robertson
7. Sean Monaghan
8. Logan Jackson
10. Stephen Spence
11. Michael Clarke
12. Aaron McNeil
15. Jonathan Walker
17. Paul Mookus
19. Calvin Cowie
23. Marc Skelton
1. Ewan Walker
2. Marc Anthony Byrne
3. Michael McGarahan
5. Ryan Milne
6. Blair Bateman
7. Callum Waugh
8. Ciaran Struthers
9. Mark Brown
10. Calum Rodger
11. Connor McAteer
13. Liam Gibson
14. Sam Rodger
15. Josh Devine
16. Cameron McKay
17. Connor Murphy
18. Daniel McAllister
Star Player
Moorlands Reds
Cumbernauld Colts
Mark McNulty - Was a great influence throughout the game. Caused problems for Cumbernauld with his smart play and positioning.
Cameron McKay - a clinical, hard working forward. His energy in the opening stages of the game was key to his side getting in front and when faced with putting the ball in the net there were no questions asked.
Magic Moment
Moorlands Reds
Cumbernauld Colts
Robertson's goal. The goal was great because Moorlands had deserved it for all their attacking work throughout the game. To pull back a consolation showed that they were in the game and they would fight until the last minute.
McKay’s second goal. His blistering pace saw him cover half the field in a few seconds and then after that his composure to lift the ball over the oncoming ‘keeper shows he was cool, calm and collected.
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