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Classy Milton storm to Central Region Cup glory

Milton BC 4

Price, Kelly, McGuckin, Banks

Calderbraes BC 1

  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Ochilview
  • Under 16´s
  • SYFA Central Region Cup Final
On a sweltering Sunday afternoon the U16s SYFA Central Cup champions were decided. For Milton this match was an opportunity to achieve a league and cup double. With two other finals to play for, the FVFDA Challenge Cup and FVFDA League Cup, there was a sense of history in the air for the boys in blue.
Calderbraes were looking to win the Regional Cup to complete an exhausting schedule which saw them play up to three games per week for five straight weeks. With a small army of friends, family members and other supporters crowded into Ochilview Park the match would not disappoint.
Unlike the cup finals immediately before and after, this match had no shortage of goals and the high attacking pace was set very early on. It was Milton who set the pace in the first half with three goals which showed off their array of talents. Two wonderful individual strikes and a well worked team goal left the travelling support in no doubt as to their team’s focus on victory. The second half was a closer affair with the tension palpable to all those present. However, with one goal per side Milton emerged the worthy winners by a 4-1 score. 
The breakthrough for Milton came within the first five minutes. Rory Price scoring with a spectacular curing shot into the top right hand corner.
Milton increased the tempo even further with three goal scoring opportunities being blocked, two by Calderbraes’ keeper Jordan Skelton and one by a tackle from Barry Fraser.
Calderbraes’ first shot on goal from Lewis Newton was decisively stopped by the Milton goalkeeper Robbie Taylor. However any thought of an immediate equalizer were put out of everyone’s mind when Naill Kelly blasted a scorers to make it 2-0 to Milton.
A third goal came after a wonderful pass from Lee Allen put through Joseph McGuckin to score.
  • Half Time:
  • Milton BC
  • 3-0
  • Calderbraes BC
The start of the second half brought a further sinking feeling to Calderbraes as Milton went 4-0 up within five minutes. Ewan Banks caught the ball superbly above waist height to flick it into the top corner.
Eventually Calderbraes mounted a successful attack which ended in a headed goal from Barry Fraser. After the breakthrough time Calderbraes were able to increase the tempo considerably with only some tough tackling around the box preventing a move creating a scoring opportunity.
An exceptional move by Lewis Weir forced Milton goalkeeper Robbie Taylor to make one of his two saves in the final 20 minutes. The last ten minutes were also marked by a rash of bookings as frustration became evidence, but this also helped foster an exciting finale where Calderbraes remained on the offensive and Milton never assumed the game was won until the final whistle was blown. 
  • Full Time:
  • Milton BC
  • 4-1
  • Calderbraes BC


Milton BC
Calderbraes BC
1. Robbie Taylor
2. Aiden McKeown
7. Lee Allen
9. Ryan Hamilton
3. Ryan Mcarthy-Lee
18. Joseph McGuckin
4. James Dougan
5. Lewis Swan
6. Rory Price
11. Dee Ross
15. Christopher McLauchlin
19. Ewan Banks
20. Alexander Stewart
14. Niall Kelly
8. Michael McQueen
1. Jordan Skelton
2. Jamie Dickson
3. Anthony Maguire
4. Barry Fraser
5. Jack Johnstone
6. Kieran Walsh
7. Lewis Newton
8. Greg Miller
9. Kieron Markey
10. Ben McGregor
11. Calan Pacitti
12. Padraig Dolan
13. Craig Burton
14. Jordan Falconer
15. Lewis Weir
16. Danny Mclean
Star Player
Milton BC
Calderbraes BC
Rory Price. In a game where the Milton offense were free to display their array of talents the man of the match has to go to Price, as the move active and threatening player in the opposition half.
Anthony Maguire. The Calderbraes side remained grittily determined not to give in despite being behind and the player who worked hardest in the second half recovery was Maguire who threatened consistently, besides scoring the consolation, and gave the Milton defence reason to remain diligent until the end.
Magic Moment
Milton BC
Calderbraes BC
What was the magic moment for the home team? Describe it here.
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Club Views
Milton BC
Calderbraes BC
Tony McKeown, Milton FC Manager: “The club is like a family and the support which has come today proves that beyond doubt.”
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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