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Helensburgh FC put on five-star display against Loch Lomond

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Wotherspoon 56’, Thackrey 62’

Helensburgh 5

McArthur 15’, 22’, 46’, McCann 59’, Coyle 65’
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016
  • Dumbarton Common
  • Under 15´s
  • Michael McGinley Shield
On Sunday, 22nd May Loch Lomond Football Club hosted Helensburgh Football Club at Dumbarton Common in the semi-final of Dumbartonshire Football Development League’s Michael McGinley Shield.
Loch Lomond started the game promisingly with a goal scoring opportunity from Liam Bradley in the second minute. Bradley's shot skimmed inches above the goal post keeping the score 0-0.
Another opportunity arose for the home team as Evan Hartley stepped up to take a free kick minutes later. Harley's attempt at goal, however, was denied by a swift save from Helensburgh's goalkeeper Stewart Peden.
The 15th minute saw Helensburgh storm into the lead as Callum Russell set up Benjamin McArthur with an excellent assist. McArthur finished expertly to hand Helensburgh a 1-0 lead.
Loch Lomond's Ryan Madden attempted to equalise as he took the ball up the pitch, driving through the holes in Helensburgh's defence, until Helensburgh’s Ewan Coyle cleared his attempt.
Helensburgh lined up multiple shots as they attempted to increase their lead. After receiving a precise pass, from McArthur, Lewis Cull took a shot that just missed the goal.

Minutes later Helensburgh's efforts paid off with McArthur's second goal of the day, in the 22nd minute. McArthur's shot flew past Loch Lomond's Devin Koroma making the score 2-0. That’s how it remained up until half time.

  • Half Time:
  • Loch Lomond FC
  • 0-2
  • Helensburgh
In the second half, and two goals down, Loch Lomond's Jason Hartley was presented with his second goal scoring opportunity of the game. However, it was saved again by Helensburgh's Peden.
McArthur then scored another, in the 46th minute, after his ball skimmed past Koroma and into the net. A fine hat-trick for the number 11.
After Mcarthur's hat-rick Loch Lomond made an inspired substitution by bringing on Ross Wotherspoon in the 54th minute. Wotherspoon took to the pitch and, within minutes, scored Loch Lomond's first goal of the match to make it 3-1.
Helensburgh increased their lead moments after Wotherspoon's goal. Drew McCann took a corner, setting up a header for Robert Laird, inside the six-yard box. Laird's header bulleted past Lomond's keeper, Koroma, resulting in the team’s fourth goal of the day.  
Lomond stepped up and increased their attack, driving the team forward, which resulted in a free kick taken by Evan Hartley. Hartley's shot was pushed wide and was eventually cleared by Helensburgh.
Loch Lomond grabbed their final goal of the match as Ross Thackrey stepped up to convert a penalty and make it 4-2.
In the 65th minute McArthur set up Ewan Coyle with a great assist. Coyle executed his strike perfectly and plunged the ball into the back of the net, and over Koroma's hands to make it 5-2.
Helensburgh were undoubtedly pleased with their impressive victory it leaves them in a strong position ahead of the Michael McGinley Shield final.
  • Full Time:
  • Loch Lomond FC
  • 2-5
  • Helensburgh


Loch Lomond FC
1. Devin Koroma
2. Liam Brennan
3. Evan Hartley
4. Robbie Grindlay
5. Jason Hartley
6. Andrew Irving
7. Alistair Dawson
8. Stuart Alexander
9. Alex Frew
10. Ryan Madden
12. Liam Bradley
14. Nathan Hennebry
16. Ross Wotherspoon
19. Ross Thackrey
1. Stewart Peden
3. Alec Gregory
4. Ewan Coyle
5. Drew McCann
6. Andrew Carmichael
7. Callum Russell
9. Rory Smith
10. Lewis Cull
11. Benjamin McArthur
12. Aidan Hardie
14. Kyle McGuiness
17. Kieran McKenna
18. Christopher Gilmartin
20. Robert Laird
21. Callum McCrossan
Star Player
Loch Lomond FC
Jason Hartley – Unlucky in the game but worked hard throughout.
Benjamin McArthur – A hat-trick, assist and great all-round play. What more can you ask for?
Magic Moment
Loch Lomond FC
Wotherspoon’s goal – Definition of impact substitute!
McArthur’s hat-trick – all three goals were equally good but when the third went in it rounded off a terrific individual display.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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