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Blantyre see off Dunblane to win Central Region Cup

Blantyre SA 4

Gaffney 5, Tierney 68, Piwowar 72, Ballantyne 89

Dunblane SC 2

McGowan 22 78
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Central Region Cup - Final

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
Author's Bio | Articles by Author | [email protected]footballscotland.co.uk

It was Blantyre who performed better on the day as they beat Dunblane SC 4-2 to win the SYFA Central Region Cup on a sunny day at Stenhousemuir. Their perseverance against a tough Dunblane side was shown as they came up against a clinical striker in Ross McGowan.

Connor Gaffney, Aidan Tierney, Dominic Piwowar and Daryll Ballantyne scored for Blantyre In what was a dominant showing with Ross McGowan scoring both of Dunblane’s goals as he tried to keep his side in the tie.

Blantyre scored after 4 minutes through a corner. The first corner take saw Ballantyne’s shot fly wide but when the second corner was swung in by Peter Copland it was headed in from 4 yards by Connor Gaffney.

Ross McGowan was starting to have an influence on the game for Dunblane as he shot over the bar after 8 minutes. His first goal and Dunblane’s equaliser came on 22 minutes as Alexander Clelland’s cross found the run of McGowan with his headed effort flying into the net.

McGowan nearly scored again on 32 minutes when his shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the right post with his weaker foot.

  • Half Time:
  • Blantyre SA
  • 1-1
  • Dunblane SC

Blantyre started the second half on the front foot as Scott Moore had a chance from close range which he could not direct into the net on 49 minutes.

Blantyre went ahead on 68 minutes as the long cross from Ryan McKechnie found the head of Aidan Tierney whose header flew into the top right corner to make it 2-1.

Four minutes later Blantyre had pulled further ahead as Ewan McTaggart’s chipped through ball saw Dominic Piwowar through on goal with his little dink flying over the ‘keeper to put Blantyre in the driving seat.

It was McGowan again who did his best to keep Dunblane in the game however as on 78 minutes his header from a corner nestled into the far post to give his team a chance at 3-2.

It was Blantyre who would have the final say however as Thomas McEntee laid off the ball to Daryll Ballantyne whose shot from 20 yards sailed into the far corner from the right rounding off a solid performance from Blantyre.

  • Full Time:
  • Blantyre SA
  • 4-2
  • Dunblane SC

Lineups

Blantyre SA
Dunblane SC
1. Vincent Linden
2. Scott Moore
3. Thomas McEntee
4. Connor Gaffney
5. Jack Lyons
6. Ewan McTaggart
7. Josh Anderson
8. Declan Doyle
9. Peter Copland
10. Daryll Ballantyne
12. Gary Aitchison
14. Ryan McKechnie
15. Dominic Piwowar
16. Colin Russel
17. Aidan Tierney
19. Declan McGill
1. Paul Grant
2. Aaron Crowe
3. Jamie Braidwood
4. Jack Seal
7. Ben McColm
8. Euan Wilson
9. Daniel Sarvas
10. Ross McGowan
11. Neil McRae
12. Matthew Devoy
15. Connor Hird
16. Lauder McWilliams
17. Callum Regan
18. Alexander Clelland
19. Robert MacKenzie
21. Sean Campbell
Star Player
Blantyre SA
Dunblane SC
Daryll Ballantyne Hard working and constantly pushing forward down the right wing causing all sorts of problems for the fullback. Chipped in with a sweet strike for the fourth goal as well.
Ross McGowan. Scored both of Dunblane's goals as he showed his clinical ability to keep his team in the tie as long as possible
Magic Moment
Blantyre SA
Dunblane SC
Ballantyne's goal. He showed great determination to regain the ball after being nutmegged and his strike from 20 yards bent into the far corner in what was a great strike.
McGowan's first goal. He had been causing problems in the first 15 minutes and he got his first goal after showing good timing and composure to run and head the ball with good technique past the 'keeper.
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