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Milton earn dominant cup final victory over Auchterarder

Milton BC 5

Findlay 11' Blyth 47' 63' Hope 49' Ferguson 56'

Auchterarder Juniors 1

Carchrie 70'
  • Sunday, 14 June 2015
  • Indodrill Stadium, Alloa
  • Under 13´s
  • Central Region League Cup

Adam Brown | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Milton were crowned Central Region League Cup winners after an emphatic 5-1 win over Auchterarder Juniors on Sunday morning. Calum Findlay opened the scoring for the eventual winners in the first half, before second half goals from Josh Blyth (two), Josh Hope and Reece Ferguson sealed victory for Milton. James Carchrie grabbed a well-deserved consolation for Auchterarder who, despite what the scoreline suggests, performed well throughout in a hard-fought cup final.

Both sides started off at a frenetic pace showing no signs of trying to ease their way into the game slowly. However, much of the play was confined to the midfield with chances in the opening stages few and far between.

The first real chance for either side resulted in the deadlock being broken after 10 minutes. A long ball was played over the top of the Auchterarder defence from inside the Milton half for gFindlay to chase. Findlay looked second favourite to get there, but continued to chase nonetheless. His persistence paid off when a mix-up between goalkeeper and defender resulted in the ball rolling clear for Findlay to stroll through on goal and tap the ball into an empty net.

There would be only one more notable effort on goal before the half time whistle, this time by Auchterarder’s Cameron Rattray. After some good, free-flowing build up play, Auchterarder’s attack had broken down on the edge of the Milton penalty area. However, after some good persistent work to rescue the move coupled with excellent feet and tenacity to get a sight of goal, Rattray fired his left-footed shot just wide of the post from a difficult angle.

Auchterarder continued their search for an equaliser before half time. Lee MacDonald went on a lung-bursting run covering the length of the Milton half, during which he showed great skill and strength in order to reach a crossing position. However, he only had one teammate to aim for and his resulting cross was cleared away comfortably.

Milton probably deserved to go into half time 1-0 up, although the Auchterarder players would inevitably have felt disappointed to be trailing after a competitive, end-to-end half.

  • Half Time:
  • Milton BC
  • 1-0
  • Auchterarder Juniors

Auchterarder came out quickly at the start of the second half looking to level the scores. They nearly had an opportunity to do so when influential midfielder Rattray played Cailean O’Reilly in down the left channel. O’Reilly found himself in a good position to square the ball to a teammate in the middle of the goal, but his pass was well intercepted.

Milton responded quickly and nearly went 2-0 up. Josh Blyth laid it off to the raiding right-back Hope after some smooth build-up, but he saw his shot slip just wide of the post.

However, it was not long before Milton did make it 2-0 after starting to take control of proceedings. Once again it was Hope causing Auchterarder problems down the wing, playing almost as a right winger at times. After the ball was played infield, it broke to Blyth who had acres of space on the edge of the area. He remained calm and fired the ball firmly into the bottom corner, giving Jack Rutherford no chance in the Auchterarder goal.

The score did not remain 2-0 for long however, as Milton really started to assert their dominance. Midfield anchor Adam Canavan played a wonderful defence-splitting pass into space behind the Auchterarder full back; space which Hope was running into undetected. After getting the ball under control and out from under his feet, the right back drilled an unstoppable shot across Rutherford into the bottom corner giving his side a seemingly unassailable lead.

However, Auchterarder refused to go down without a fight. Corey Doris was looking to dribble through on goal, but he was brought down on the edge of the Milton box. Doris himself stepped up to take the free kick and decided to go for power over placement. This nearly turned out to be a profitable decision for his side, but his strike whistled narrowly wide of the Milton goal.

Soon after, Milton put the destination of the cup beyond any doubt, all but sealing victory with less than 15 minutes to go. Predictably, it was Hope who was the architect of the goal. His cross was not cleared effectively by the Auchterarder defence as the ball fell straight to Ferguson on the edge of the area. He took the shot on the bounce and as a result, the ball looped up and over Rutherford creeping in just under the crossbar.

Auchterarder struggled to mount much offence with Milton controlling the game. Milton extended their lead further in the closing stages with Blyth grabbing his second goal of the game. The Auchterarder defence struggled to clear once more with an attempted clearance ricocheting off another defender and falling kindly to Blyth. The midfielder still had a lot to do 20 yards from goal with the keeper still to beat and the ball rolling towards him from his right side. Instead of taking it closer to goal, taking a touch before shooting or hitting it first time with his left, Blyth opened up his body and timed his strike perfectly as the ball came to his right foot, bending a sublime effort over Rutherford’s head.

Milton were playing with bags of confidence and showed no signs of relinquishing their firm grip on proceedings. They went close once again with Blyth going close to sealing his hat-trick after a perfectly-weighted pass by substitute Keigan Flannagan.

It looked as though Auchterarder would be leaving with not even a goal to show for their efforts. However, James Carchrie ensured that his side and their supporters had something to shout about. Milton spent much of the second half camped inside the Auchterarder half and this turned out to be their defence’s eventual undoing. Two Milton defenders went to attack the same ball just inside the Auchterarder half, resulting in it rolling free for Carchrie to collect. With the full Milton half to run into and the pace to avoid being caught by any defenders, Carchrie went one-on-one with substitute goalkeeper Jack Gregory. Carchrie kept his composure, sending Gregory to the floor with a lovely shimmy before rolling the ball into an empty net.

Although Milton deserved to win on the balance of play and nothing should be taken away from them, the scoreline is slightly flattering. Large periods of the game, particularly in the first half, were spent in the midfield with possession changing hands frequently. However, the majority of the chances fell to Milton who were also impenetrable up until the last kick of the game, and their victory was well deserved.  

  • Full Time:
  • Milton BC
  • 5-1
  • Auchterarder Juniors

Lineups

Milton BC
Auchterarder Juniors
4. Adam Canavan
5. Keigan Flannagan
11. Reece Ferguson
14. Jack Gregory
15. Ruben Campbell
17. Ryan McGeough
18. Calum Findlay
19. Josh Blyth
20. Morgan Milne
22. Chris O May
23. Patrick Elliot
24. Jack Stevenson
25. Kyle Taylor
27. Josh Hope
28. Cameron Weir
30. Jack Graham
1. Jack Rutherford
3. James Carchrie
4. Samuel Walker
5. Cluanie Fraser
7. Corey Doris
8. Struan Dinnell
9. Cameron Rattray
10. James Bone
11. Cailean O'Reilly
11. Lee MacDonald
17. Adam Brunella
18. Ethan Torrance
Star Player
Milton BC
Auchterarder Juniors
Josh Blyth - Scored two goals, the second of which was top class. His influence grew as the game went on, posing a constant threat with his movement in the number 10 position. Honourable mention must go to Josh Hope who caused problems for the opposition from right back all morning. Scored an excellent goal.
James Bone - Showed the ability to beat a man and competed well in the centre of midfield. Honourable mention must go to Cameron Rattray who battled from start to finish alongside Bone in the midfield.
Magic Moment
Milton BC
Auchterarder Juniors
Blyth's second goal - Outstanding technique and timing to get the bend and dip on the ball necessary to beat the keeper and keep his effort under the crossbar.
Carchrie's goal - He looked a threat after being put up front near the end of the game, displaying his pace and a cool head to race clear of the Milton defence, round the keeper before finishing.
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