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PFD United secure narrow cup final victory

PFD United 1


Kilsyth Athletic 0

  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Ochilview
  • Under 14´s
  • SYFA U14 Central Region Cup Final
On a scorching summer day, the U14s champions would be decided. The atmosphere was palpable, with dozens of friends and family members cheering on the young hopefuls. PFD United, only founded in 2010, were attempting to win their third trophy of the season, having clinched the League and League Cup.
However, the side was still suffering from the aftermath of their last minute defeat to East Kilbride in the Scottish Cup Final, and that motivation would prove crucial in this intense contest. Their opponents, Kilsyth Athletic, had so far been unable to repeat their glory of 2015, where they won two CSFA cups. However, Kilsyth were spurred on by a second place finish in the league, which made this final all the more important for the players and coaching staff. 
The intense heat stifled the athleticism of both sets of players, with exhaustion evident all around.  The most concentrated tussle was in midfield, which meant that the first goal didn’t come until after 50 minutes.  Despite the difficulties for both sides in creating chances in the stifling conditions both goalkeepers had to be on top form to keep the score down. All in all there was no question that both sets of young men showed a exceptional character and put in all the hard graft that could have been expected.
The first half was a particularly tight affair with very few chances falling to either side. 
The fist shots on target came from the PFD United forwards Jude Crawley and Ioe Booth but they were quickly snuffed out by the Kilsyth goalkeeper Aiden Belton. 
Kilsyth made several strides up the left wing, but their attempts were scuppered in a large part due to the efforts of the PFD United defender Rian Kelly. 
Even without immediate goals the match was not lacking in drama, as the Belton’s massive leap to retrieve the ball in the air involved a collision with PFD’s Kieran McLaughlin and near summersault onto the astroturf. 
The final action of the half saw a Kilsyth run into the penalty box effectively blocked by PFD’s Liam Smith.
  • Half Time:
  • PFD United
  • 0-0
  • Kilsyth Athletic
The second half started off at a furious pace. After a Kilsyth chance was blacked PFD United finally led to the opening goal when Lewis Conley made a swift run in from the wing and unselfishly passed in into striker Joe Booth who was ideally placed to slot the ball into the top corner.
PFD could have extended their lead, but a free kick from Kelly and a header by Jack Geddes were decisively stopped by the Kilsyth goalkeeper who provided his own entertainment to the crowd with a nervy run out to the right wing to try and stimulate an attack. Alas their attacks were in vain, and PFD United took away their third trophy of the season.
  • Full Time:
  • PFD United
  • 1-0
  • Kilsyth Athletic


PFD United
Kilsyth Athletic
1. Redmond Buchanan
2. Liam Smith
3. Kyle Pritchard
4. Jack Gibbon
5. Rian Kelly
6. Gillies O’Hanlon
7. Lewis Conley
8. Matthew O’Malley
9. Jack Geddes
10. Jay McCallum
11. Kieran McLaughlin
12. Ross McCormack
15. Mason Hamilton
17. Connel McQuillan
18. Jude Crawley
20. Joe Booth
1. Aidan Belton
2. James Brown
3. Jonathan Mellon
4. Adam Crainie
5. Gordon Macaloney
6. Murray Hamilton
7. Ciaran Hogg
8. Dylan Lee
9. Lewis Holland
10. Ian McDowell
11. Jamie McKendry
12. Max Skilling
17. Paul Kilpatrick
18. Josh Buick
20. Kyle Traynor
Star Player
PFD United
Kilsyth Athletic
Rian Kelly. In a match where so much depended on the midfield tussle, Kelly was a consistent presence for PFD in midfield and defence. Consistently putting in hard tackles when Kilsyth were creating possible goal scoring chances, he also made several runs and was arguably the most active player on the field.
Aiden Belton. Aside from the one goal, Aidan competed well. With PFD United having more shots on goal and creating more moves into the penalty box, a strong performance in goal was vital to the one goal margin remaining t the final whistle.
Magic Moment
PFD United
Kilsyth Athletic
Club Views
PFD United
Kilsyth Athletic
Danny Buchanan, Assistant Coach, PFD United: “We’re only a small club... and to do what we’ve done this season is incredible.” Redmond Buchanan, Head Coach, PFD United: “The boys were devastated after the Scottish Cup Final loss and they were determined not to have that feeling again today.”
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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