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Cumbernauld seal cup victory against Hamilton Accies

Cumbernauld Colts FC 3

Hall 16’, 57’, McGukin 30’

Hamilton Accies Boys FC 1

Ramage 25’
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 13´s
  • CSFA League Cup
On a bright sunny afternoon, at Ochilview Park in Stenhousemuir, the Cumbernauld Colts and Hamilton Accies Boy’s Club met to decide the CSFA under 13 Cup winners. In front of a passionate crowd, the occasion was marked with a family friendly atmosphere, which was comparable with the maturing nature of these talented youngsters. The age grade has special significance for all Scottish youth footballers as it is the first grade at which the clubs field teams of 11-a-side.
The match had major implications for both sides. The Colts have positioned themselves to potentially achieve a treble of trophies this season, with the League and Regional Cup titles to be settled later in the year. Hamilton, on the other hand, had already tasted defeat in a final this season, against the hosts Stenhousemuir, and were out to fight for what silverware was still on offer.
In a high intensity end-to-end contest both sides were able to produce goal scoring opportunities across both halves, which left the family members in the stands biting their nails. The 3-1 victory for the Colts does not account for the intense pace of the match. The quality of the goals were unrivalled by any match on the day with three superb solo efforts. Were it not for the efforts of both goalkeepers the score would have been considerably higher. Overall the match was a thrilling finale to the season, in which these young men left the field with their pride intact.
The first half began as a tight-knit affair with neither team able to find enough breathing space to create a serious goal scoring opportunity. The breakthrough came mid-way through the half with a powerful header from Ciaran Hall putting the Cumbernauld side into the lead.
However, the greater number of chances created by the Colts could not extend their lead and it was soon wiped out by a brilliant solo run and goal from Dylan Ramage, which came from nothing. The rest of the half was a more aggressive attacking affair from both teams with the existing 1-1 score line looking unlikely to stay for long.
The final goal of the half from the Colts’ Ciaran McGukin was a display of exceptional footballing potential as a powerful blaster into the top corner restored their one goal lead. 
  • Half Time:
  • Cumbernauld Colts FC
  • 2-1
  • Hamilton Accies Boys FC
The second half began as the first half had ended, with an exciting end-to-end attacking pace being maintained and both keepers having to make stops in front of goal.
The first major chance came from a skilful Hamilton move, which was halted in front of goal by a well-timed tackle from Colts defender Kian Carrigan.
The Colts attacking prowess was clear, with effective moves on the wings coming close to providing another goal scoring opportunity.
The final goal of the match further emphasised the quality of football on display when Ciaran Hall pounced on a loose ball, on the edge of the penalty area, to score his second goal with a powerful shot.
The final whistle brought scenes of ecstatic jubilation from players, coaches and family alike. The experience of these two teams in their first year of competitive 11-a-side football will hopefully set an example for future progress for these talented youngsters.
  • Full Time:
  • Cumbernauld Colts FC
  • 3-1
  • Hamilton Accies Boys FC


Cumbernauld Colts FC
Hamilton Accies Boys FC
1. Daniel Burns
2. Paul Malloy
3. Kian Carrigan
4. Marcus Haymen
5. Kian Hazzlet
6. Lennon Pirie
7. Kiaren Priest
8. Dom Cahill
9. Kieran Coggins
10. Kier McCulloch
11. Ross Campbell
12. Matthew McFarlane
14. Connor Coyle
15. Ciaran McGukin
16. Ben Rennie
17. Ciaran Hall
1. Kai McQuarri
2. Kyle Maxwell
3. David Hutton
4. Ross Whitelock
5. Lewis Baird
6. Reece Reddiex
7. McKenzy Smith
8. Blair Weir
9. Shea Lafferty
10. Dylan Ramage
11. Kyle Hamilton
12. Elliot Bain
14. Daryl Bowie
15. Ross Duckett
Star Player
Cumbernauld Colts FC
Hamilton Accies Boys FC
Lennon Pirrie - In a Colts squad which seemed so cohesive, there were numerous individual players who had a match worthy of special recognition. Throughout both halves Pirrie provided a serious attacking presence by running, tackling, and passing at a furious pace in the effort to make chances for the Colt’s forwards. The most determined and intense individual performance by any player on the field.
Dylan Ramage - Having gone one goal behind, Hamilton’s hopes were rekindled by Ramage’s superb individual effort. Throughout the whole of the match Hamilton’s attacking threat was empowered by his presence in the Colts half. This helped produce an intense second half where the Colts could not afford to be careless in maintaining their lead.
Magic Moment
Cumbernauld Colts FC
Hamilton Accies Boys FC
McGukin's goal - An exceptional way to retake the lead
Damage's goal - Excellent solo effort that brought back some hope. A run that excited everyone in the crowd.
Club Views
Cumbernauld Colts FC
Hamilton Accies Boys FC
Derek Burns (Cumbernauld Colts under 13 coach) - “you’re always vulnerable to a goal, so the boys had to stay focused”
Gerry Coyle (Cumbernauld Colts under 13 coach) - “games like this help create memories which will last a lifetime”.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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