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Goalkeeper's heroics ensure Syngenta progress into final

Syngenta Juveniles 2

McQueen 15, McCafferty 35

Harmony Row YC 1

Carey 50
  • Sunday, 12 March 2017
  • The Falkirk Stadium
  • Under 17´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - Semi Final

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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Syngenta Juveniles withstood late pressure from Harmony Row YC to secure a 2-1 victory and progress into the Scottish Youth FA Cup final.

An emphatic strike on the quarter of an hour mark from Michael McQueen edged Syngenta in front before Robbie McCafferty extended the lead in the 35th minute. Lewis Carey pulled one back for Harmony Row but despite a flurry of late chances, a heroic performance from goalkeeper Allan Dickson ensured the Grangemouth team emerged victors.  

The tie started at a frenetic pace and it was Syngenta who would carve out the first clear cut opportunity. Callan Stone showed vision to pick out Sean Fagan, who drilled a shot inches wide of the left post.

Minutes later Stone was again showing promise as he megged his man and drove infield. The winger found Alex Thomson with a low pass, who in turn reversed the ball into space for Flynn Gray. The forward’s strike was expertly touched past the post by Matthew Boyle.

The Dyes’ early pressure paid off in the 15th minute. Mitchell Speirs whipped in a cross, which Harmony Row failed to deal with and McQueen was on hand to bury the loose ball into the back of the net.

Row responded and were denied an equaliser by Dickson. Thomas Seagrave created space on the edge of the area and fired an effort towards goal but Dickson diverted the ball over the bar.

Syngenta were caught sleeping from the resulting corner allowing Daniel O’Neill to meet Ross McKenzie’s delivery on the volley. However, the defender could only direct the effort into the side netting.

The Dyes managed to double their lead with the last clear cut chance of the half. McCafferty’s pace saw him break through on goal and the midfielder was clinical as he rifled home to make it 2-0.

  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 2-0
  • Harmony Row YC

Harmony Row had the bit between their teeth in the second half and wasted no time in trying to get back into the match. Ben Harwood latched on to a searching ball and prodded past the goalkeeper but the effort trundled just wide.

Harwood was back amongst the action in the 50th minute. The winger produced an exquisite back heel to release Carey, who finished with aplomb from close range.

Just a minute later, the pair were at it again. Harwood produced a fine reflex stop from Dickson before Carey lashed the rebound towards goal, but the goalkeeper was again equal to the strike.

Row were developing a period of sustained pressure and Carey found Charlie Freedman but his driven effort was turned over by the inspired Dickson.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes, Carey and Harwood combined once more. Harwood controlled a dinked pass from the striker and attempted to round the goalkeeper but was denied by Dickson’s feet.

As the second half wore on, both teams tired and struggled to produce meaningful possession but the encounter burst into life in the dying minutes.

Harmony Row’s Ross MacKenzie drove into the box and produced another top save from Dickson, who blocked the ball with is feet.

Dickson again was the protagonist in the fourth minute of stoppage time. A cross from Harwood was controlled by Seagrave, who swivelled and produced a well-executed half volley. The goalkeeper showed sublime reaction skills to touch the ball over the bar with his finger tips and ensure Syngenta were the team to progress.

  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 2-1
  • Harmony Row YC

Lineups

Syngenta Juveniles
Harmony Row YC
23. Allan Dickson
2. Hayden McLean
3. Mitchell Speirs
4. Adam Green
5. Aaron McMillan
6. Robbie McCafferty
17. Grant Forrester
8. Alex Thomson
9. Michael McQueen
10. Roman Blazejewski
11. Kyle McGuire
12. Conor Whithead
13. Callan Stone
15. Josh Brown
22. Flynn Gray
25. Sean Fagan
1. Matthew Boyle
3. Gregg Murphy
4. Nathan Hewitt
5. Daniel O'Neill
6. Reece Johnston
7. Kenny Duffy
8. Ross MacKenzie
9. Lewis Carey
10. Rowan Gibson
11. Daniel McManus
12. Robbie Lennon
16. Charlie Freedman
17. Chrissy Drennan
18. Ben Harwood
19. Conor Gunn
20. Thomas Seagrave
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Harmony Row YC
Allan Dickson - The goalkeeper produced a number of excellent saves to prevent Harmony Row from getting back into the game. A star in the making.
Ben Harwood - The winger was strong, imposing and direct. A consistent thorn in the side of the Syngenta backline, Harwood's tireless running and wonderful technical ability came together in an exquisite performance.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Harmony Row YC
Allan Dickson's finger tips save in the final seconds of the game had the crowd on their feet. A truly sublime bit of goalkeeping.
Ben Harwood's deft back heel to set up Lewis Carey was an opportunistic piece of brilliance and made for a nail biting second half.
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