Cleland Boys Club were at home to Syngenta Juveniles in a 3rd round Central Region Cup match. The 3G esnured the game could go ahead despite the cold and frosty conditions.
Syngenta got the game underway and it was a quick start from the men in orange as they won a corner early on, which was whipped in by Jamie Forrester and met by Conor Gamble but his effort went just wide.
Cleland reacted well to an early scare by having a good spell of possession across the middle of the park. However a good interception and a pass out wide to Connor McCallum launched a promising counter attack for the visitors, and a good through ball was played to the strike, but the shot was high and wide.
Ben Frew had a chance to get the ball into the box from the right side. Conor Gamble took the ball down with his back to goal, turned and hit a low-drilled shot forcing a good diving save by Craig Harvie to keep the score at 0-0.
Syngenta kept the early pressure up with a corner. Jamie Forrester floated in an inviting ball towards Neil Anderson who made no mistakes when he got a firm head on the ball, which beat the keeper to make it 0-1 Syngenta.
Cleland kept possession and knocked the ball about as they looked to find gaps in the Syngenta defence. Connor Phairs ran onto a good over the top ball and he managed to secure a throw in deep inside the Syngenta half. The throw in was thrown into the box, it fell to the feet of Lewis Allan who took his chance well and slotted it past the keeper to level the scores.
Straight from kick off Cleland pressed the ball, and Conor Phairs put the defender under pressure and the ball spilled to him. He kept his composure as he struck a volley from just outside the box past the keeper and into the top left corner of the goals giving Cleland the lead.
Jamie Forrester looked to get a quick equaliser as he chipped a ball over the defence in search of his strikers, but David Fagan dealt with the loose ball and averted the danger.
Another attack was mounting as Syngenta started to build up play in their own half and were moving the ball down the right side of the park, but more often than not, before they could cross the ball into the box David Fagan slid in and won the ball back for Cleland.
Cleland looked to add to their lead as Dominic Small was dribbling with the ball. He took it past two players before passing it to Connor Phairs, who cut inside and hit curling effort which looked to be heading for the back of the net, but to the keepers relief it hit the post and was cleared away by Ryan Duffy.
A good counter attack from Syngenta as the ball was cut back to Conor Gamble who was about to pull the trigger, but David Fagan was their again to knick the ball away from him and get the ball clear.
Syngenta continued to try and get an equaliser as Neil Anderson cut the ball back to Connor McCallum, who hit a rocket of a shot but it was a terrific save by Craig Harvie.
Rhys White got the ball in the middle of the park for Syngenta, trying to make something happen. He drove forward, skillfully beat three players before venomously striking a thunderbolt of a shot that flew into the top right corner to level the scores.
With their tails up, Syngenta won a corner, which Jamie Forrester took, and again he floated the ball into the head of Connor McCallum who met it superbly to put Syngenta back in the lead.
Rhys White again showed some impressive skills to ease past the challenges of the defenders and lay the ball off to Connor Gamble who grabbed his first of the match.