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West Park United lift Michael McGinley Shield

Cumbernauld Colts Blues 1

Govan 86'

West Park United 5

Manners 13' McLachlan 16' Berrie 28' 33'
  • Sunday, 08 June 2014
  • Millburn Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Michael McGinley Shield

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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West Park United lifted the Michael McGinley Shield with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Cumbernauld Colts Blues on Sunday.

A clinical first half saw United take a four goal lead thanks to strikes from Brandon Manners, Connor McLachlan and a double from man of the match Kyle Berrie. Sharjo Jammeh made it five after the restart, before Jack Govan grabbed a late consolation for Colts.

It took just thirteen minutes for West Park to break the deadlock. Christopher Tolland’s long throw bamboozled the Colts defence, and Manners was on hand to spectacularly volley United into an early lead.

Tolland’s long throw continued to cause numerous problems, and it wasn’t long until it was the orchestrator of the second goal of the game. From an almost identical position, McLachlan latched onto the throw before turning and rifling a low shot past Colts keeper Andrew Wilson.

Scorer Manners almost turned provider when, after a delicately lofted pass into the path of Tolland, the shot over Wilson landed a whisker wide.

Midway through the first half, Colts launched a rare attack. A bursting run from Craig Shields almost caught out the United defence, and only a perfectly timed sliding challenge thwarted a promising venture forward

West Park then added a third and fourth goal in a five minute spell, in which impressive defender Kyle Berrie netted both. First, from Tolland’s corner on the left was met by the unmarked Berrie’s front post run, and he made no mistake, volleying high into the net.

Then, from Tolland’s corner on the right, Berrie grabbed his second. This time an intelligent far post run, Berrie rose highest to glance in his second and his side’s fourth of an impressive first half. 

Despite the damage having already been done, Colts continued to battle and had their best spell of the match with five minutes of the first half remaining. Patient build up play almost resulting in a couple of goals, with only the assistant’s offside flag twice foiling Colts.

  • Half Time:
  • Cumbernauld Colts Blues
  • 0-4
  • West Park United

After picking up a knock on the stroke of half time, Kieran McDonald was replaced by Sharjo Jammeh as the second half got underway.

A loose ball in midfield was collected by Colts’ Shields and, despite making the room for a shot, United goalkeeper Declan Murphy spread himself well to block the firm shot.

Midway through the second half, Colts keeper Wilson was called into action for the first time in a low key start to the second period. From Tolland’s bullet header, Wilson somehow got a hand to push it behind for a corner and prevent an almost guaranteed fifth.

There was not much he could do to prevent the fifth when it came fourteen minutes from time. Substitute Jammeh cut inside the onrushing full back and passed the ball into the net to complete the scoring for the Champions elect.

With six minutes remaining, Colts grabbed a consolation. Jack Govan had plenty of time to pick his spot and lash the ball across Murphy to reduce the scoreline. It was a deserved goal, if only for their commitment and resilience after a devastating first forty five minutes.

  • Full Time:
  • Cumbernauld Colts Blues
  • 1-5
  • West Park United

Lineups

Cumbernauld Colts Blues
West Park United
1. Andrew Wilson
2. Ryan Montgomery
3. Matthew Ralph
4. Jack McKenna
5. Kieran Savage
7. James MacLean
8. Jay McGlinchey
9. Perri Gibbs
10. Meagan Milne
11. Jack Govan
12. Ryan Gibb
14. Ross Miller
15. Edward Shields
16. Morgan Fuentes
17. Craig Shields
18. Gordon Yule
19. Scott Thompson
1. Declan Murphy
2. Kearan Fox
3. James Gorman
4. Kyle Berrie
5. Kieran McDonald
6. Kieran McCormick
7. Christopher Milne
8. Connor McLachlan
9. Christopher Tolland
10. Ben Robertson
11. Scott Allan
12. Scott Quinn
14. Craig Loughlin
15. Andrew Finlayson
17. Sharjo Jammeh
18. Brandon Manners
Star Player
Cumbernauld Colts Blues
West Park United
Craig Shields - turned out to be Colt's most attacking threat on the day and was unlucky not to both score and assist a couple of goals.
Jack Berrie - grabbed two goals from defence, where he marshalled the West Park back four with ease. Timed every challenge to perfection, read the game well and was the standout player on the park.
Magic Moment
Cumbernauld Colts Blues
West Park United
Declan Murphy's one handed, point blank stop had everyone in the ground in disbelief - a moment of real quality.
Both of Berrie's headers were of the highest standard, intelligently running and evading his marker on both occasions.
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