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5 star performance from JBM sees Mossend's unbeaten record gone

Written by  Jim Baxter Memorial

Fixture: Mossend Boys Club v Jim Baxter Memorial U16's
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth YDL 
Venue: Airdrie Leisure Centre
Date: Sunday 15th November 2015
Jim Baxter Memorial Under 16's took on Mossend, the newcomers to the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth League this season. The home side Mossend were unbeaten in all competitions coming into this game, and hold a formidable attacking record so far this season. The game was played at Airdrie Leisure Centre, and from the off it was clear to see JBM started the game where they had left off against Milton last weekend.
In the first 15 minutes of the first half JBM took control in the middle of the pitch with Murphy in the 'Makalele role' standing head and shoulders above any other on the pitch, He broke up anything Mossend had to offer and built play through the other 3 midfielders Rundell, Davenport and Mitchell who continually made themselves available. Rundell who has been quiet in the last couple of games definitely took the bull by the horns today and continually drove at the opposition, skipping and dancing through them like a hot knife through butter. It was clear to see Rundell has something to prove and certainly stood up and took notice to what the coaches had told him pre kick off.
Despite being in complete control in the early exchanges, a lapse in concentration in the JBM defende gave the Mossend forward the opportunity to snatch the lead for his side. He pounced on the loose ball, drove towards goal, but his shot was high and wide and never caused a problem to Vanderster in the JBM goal.
The JBM forwards Malone and Dalziel had been feeding on scraps up to this point, but on 25 minutes they both had great chances for the opener, but Dalziel’s first touch just wasn’t sharp enough and Malone missed a header at the back post. The ball ending up high and wide of the target. The pressure however did pay off as half an hour into the game, JBM took the lead. Mitchell gathered the ball on the left and fed Dalziel. The striker then took the ball with his back to goal and squared it to the onrushing Rundell, who delivered a pin point pass to find Malone at the back post. Despite being under pressure from the Mossend defenders he buried the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance.

Almost a second goal in as many minutes for JBM as Mitchell won the ball back from the Mossend kick off. He drove at their defenders and glided past them as if they weren't there before unleashing a venomous shot towards goal, but unfortunately his effort flew just inches wide of the post. A let off for Mossend who had been under the cosh for much of the first half.
JBM keeper Vanderster had been much a bystander in this game so far, but just seconds before halftime again JBM lost the ball in defence and as the Mossend midfielder struck the ball towards goal it had Vanderster flying across his goal to pull off a great save to prevent Mossend from equalising.

Half Time: Mossend FC 0-1 Jim Baxter Memorial

A few changes freshened things up for JBM in the second half, and 72 seconds in, it was 2-0 to the away side. Mitchell again playing with great confidence ran into the box and all the defender could do to stop him was concede a penalty. No complaints from anyone as Dalziel stepped up with composure to blast the penalty out of the keepers' reach to double JBM's lead. 

People say a 2-0 lead is never safe, and as JBM pushed for a third they lost the ball too easily, allowing Mossend to hit the visitors on the counter attack, and Mossend pulled a goal back. It could of been easily avoided but the Mossend forward controlled the ball superbly and then lobbed the ball over Gartshore as the ball nestled into the back of the net.
The JBM players immediately reacted to this by re-storing their 2 goal lead. Rundell took control of the ball well, beating 3 players down the left before squaring the ball to Sanders, and from 12 yards out he drove the ball into the top corner, well out of the reach of the despairing dive of the Mossend keeper.
With only a few minutes to go, Malone gathered the ball on the left, drove down the line, cut inside, and from 35 yards out he unleashed an unbelievable shot toward goal. From the moment the ball left his boot there was only one place that the ball was going. To call this goal unbelievable is an understatement. The top corner was tickled, and is still rippling now. What a goal!
From the Mossend kick off JBM won it back immediately yet again. Murphy fed  the ball to McSharry on the right, and he drove towards goal, and as the keeper narrowed the angle, McSharry dinked the ball over him into the goal.
No time to kick off as the referee blew the whistle to bring to an end one of the best performances from the JBM boys this season. A great spectacle and to beat the previously unbeaten Mossend is a great achievement.
Full Time: Mossend FC 1-5 Jim Baxter Memorial
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