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.