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Goals galore as Central Boys emerge victorious

Central Boys FA 5

Hanlon 3' 58' Sloan 27' Fish 39' Shand 59'

Bonnybridge Youth FC 3

Reid 22' 42' 70'
  • Saturday, 03 October 2015
  • Inchyra Park, Grangemouth
  • Under 14´s
  • Forth Valley FDA

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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It was a cold and misty morning at Inchyra Park in Grangemouth but Central Boys FA’s league encounter with Bonnybridge Youth FC offered a ray of sunshine to warm up the spectators. Three goals at the conclusion of the first half were followed by a further five in the second, confirming the early suggestions that both teams had turned up to play attacking football. 
Neither side required time to settle into the match and within the opening minute Bonnybridge had almost opened the scoring. Louis Reid raced clear in a swift counter-attack but arrowed his effort narrowly wide of the left-hand post. Central Boys responded almost immediately and opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. It was Jack Hanlon who would find himself on the end of a threaded through ball and outmuscling his marker, the nippy striker displayed immense composure to slot the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. 
Bonnybridge continued to combine well as they sought an equaliser, focusing on possession and two-touch football. A great piece of improvisation by Caleb McNeil in the 7th minute allowed the player to turn his marker and find space in the box but his effort dropped just wide of the left-hand post. 
Central Boys were the next to exchange consecutive blows in the 13th minute as Hanlon nodded the ball on for Raymond Sloan who lobbed the ball just past the post. Minutes later Jack Shand began to ask questions of Bonnybridge, expertly crossing from the right to supply Hanlon with an opportunity to put Central further in front. Hanlon diverted his header on target but Bonnybridge goalkeeper Luke Milne produced an excellent stop with his feet before the defence cleared. 
It was end to end stuff as Bonnybridge mounted an attack in the 20th minute, McNeil knocking the ball past his marker before delicately placing the ball into the path of Reid. The striker drove towards goal but Central Boys goalkeeper Rory Windross managed to make enough contact with McNeil’s effort to kill the pace on the ball and allow his defence to dramatically clear the ball off the line. Agonisingly close for the away team. 
Reid was rewarded for his persistence, however, when in the 22nd minute he broke clear on the left. The striker confidently rounded the goalkeeper and stroked the ball into the net to level proceedings. 
Central Boys were ahead again in the 27th minute, however, scoring the last clear-cut chance of the half. The ball was played with precision from the right wing into the stride of Sloan, who calmly finished the move and made it 2-1 going into the half-time break. 
  • Half Time:
  • Central Boys FA
  • 2-1
  • Bonnybridge Youth FC
The home side continued in the same vein as the first half and would extend their lead to 3-1 just four minutes into the second half. Aaron Fish arrived late at the back-post to meet an exquisitely delivered corner and volley the ball into the net with the inside of his foot. Minutes later Bonnybridge had pulled one back and once again it was Reid proving to be the thorn in the side of the Central Boys’ defence. The striker did well to hold off the defender, steady himself and rifle the ball into the net from a tight angle. 
Bonnybridge were evidently encouraged by the goal as they pressed high and won the ball back immediately after the restart. Reid once again posed a threat, twisting in and out on the left as the contest began to heat up.
Central Boys responded strongly and notched another making it 4-2 in the 58th minute. A low effort from range was stopped by Milne but the ball fell kindly for Hanlon who converted from close range. The home side would score another in the 59th minute when a direct ball forward released Shand. Controlling well, Shand rolled the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper. Unlucky not to make it six in the 60th minute, Shand saw his lashed effort clear the left hand-post by a matter of inches following a flick-on by captain Harry Thompson. 
It looked like it was all over for Bonnybridge but for a late siege on the home goal. Ross Penman showed tenacity to win the ball and strike a long range effort wide of goal in the 69th minute. In the final minute of normal time, Reid was chipped through on goal. The striker displayed good close control before finishing with aplomb on the half volley. 
Bonnybridge would have one final opportunity to remind the home team that they were not home and dry yet when the ball fell for McNeil at the near post following a cross from the left. McNeil managed to prod an effort towards goal but last-ditch defending saw the ball cleared off the line. 
The referee blew for full-time and it was Central Boys FA who emerged 5-3 victors in a fascinating grassroots clash. The teams will meet again shortly in the League Cup in what promises to be another entertaining spectacle.
  • Full Time:
  • Central Boys FA
  • 5-3
  • Bonnybridge Youth FC


Central Boys FA
Bonnybridge Youth FC
1. Rory Windross
2. Matthew Bell
3. Grant Stirling
4. Jaye Marchi
7. Aaron Fish
8. Gregor Whyte
9. Cameron Doonan
10. Harry Thompson
11. Craig McDonald
12. Raymond Sloan
15. Jack Shand
16. Stewart Thomson
24. Lewis Dawson
25. Taylor Fyfe
47. Jack Hanlon
1. Luke Milne
2. Dylan McKay
3. Gregor Makintosh
4. Dylan Gray
5. Ewan Haggerty
6. Colm Mcgrellis
7. John-Joseph Mcgrellis
8. Lewis Gordon
9. Louis Reid
10. Ross Gordon
11. Joshua Rosser
12. Matthew Quinn
15. Ross Penman
18. Caleb McNeil
Star Player
Central Boys FA
Bonnybridge Youth FC
Jack Hanlon - Ran the channels well with intelligent movement and topped off a fine performance with a brace.
Louis Reid - It was just not to be Bonnybridge Youth's day but Reid proved to be clinical in front of goal for the away team, ensuring that Central Boys FA's defence did not have a moment's rest.
Magic Moment
Central Boys FA
Bonnybridge Youth FC
The opening goal of the game came as a result of wonderful play from Jack Hanlon. The forward showed strength to hold off his man, before bursting through on goal and finishing with composure.
It proved to be no more than a consolation but the goal that got Louis Reid his hat-trick was a wonderful piece of skill. Controlling the ball with the deftest of touches, the striker lashed a half volley into the roof of the net.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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