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Five star Strathaven humble Aston Villa

Strathaven Dynamos 5

Hymas 3, Cunningham 56 61, Charlton 80, Poulton 84

Aston Villa 1

Leitch 50
  • Wednesday, 26 April 2017
  • John Hastie Park
  • Under 17´s
  • LFDA U17s League

Strathaven Dynamos U17s battled to a hard-fought 5-1 win over Aston Villa in their LFDA B League match. The score line somewhat flattered the hosts, for whom goals from Calum Hymas, Sean Cunningham, Ethan Charlton and William Poulton saw off their rivals, who levelled through Craig Leitch early in the second half.

An even start to the match saw both sides create early opportunities to score, Taylor Wilkinson going close for Villa before a good headed back-pass from Scott Logan prevented William Poulton getting in on goal.

However, Poulton was the creator for his side’s opener moments later, crossing low for Calum Hymas to slide under Ben McNicol after just three minutes. Some good defending from Elliott Sorbie and Gregor Mitchell in the early stages of the game ensured their one goal lead lasted.

Hymas looked to double his own and his team’s tally with a trademark run from deep inside his own half, but fell at the last hurdle after being tackled just as he was about to enter the Villa penalty area.

The away side cranked up the pressure and were aggrieved when a controversial clearance-come-back pass from Mitchell wasn’t given, and Scott Roy went on to test Ross Dyet in the Strathaven goal with a firm effort which was well held by the keeper. Hymas was then perhaps lucky not to be booked for a hopeful dive after being put through on goal.

Sean Cunningham had two good chances in quick succession to double Strathaven’s advantage.

He was inches from connecting with another outstanding Poulton cross, before he headed wide from point blank range after a Connor Anderson corner. Strathaven’s centre backs were having a troubling few minutes, and a missed Elliott Sorbie clearance resulted in Roy going through on goal, but he could only fire his shot wide of the mark.

An injury scare for Mitchell put the game on hold, but the defender shrugged it off and battled on.

Taylor Wilkinson looked dangerous on the right flank, and his penalty claims after his cross struck the arm of Mitchell were waved away by the referee. Poulton then nipped in front of McNicol but headed narrowly wide, before Ben Brown performed a heroic tackle on his own goal line to prevent his side conceding again.

Leitch shot just over the bar from a good position after pressure from make-shift left back David Cameron, and a blocked Elliott Sorbie header from a Strathaven corner was the last action of an incident-filled first half.

  • Half Time:
  • Strathaven Dynamos
  • 1-1
  • Aston Villa

Just five minutes into the second half, Mitchell’s topsy-turvy encounter continued after he gave away a penalty and was booked, although his claims that the foul took place outside of the penalty area looked to be valid.

However, Leitch calmly slotted into the bottom left corner of Dyet’s goal to get his side back on level terms and set the game up for an interesting finale.

However, Strathaven were back in front just six minutes later when Sean Cunningham confidently converted from Forbes Crawley’s nicely-weighted through ball.

Anderson sent a looping shot just over the bar, before Cunningham scored again with a sublime chip over McNicol from 25 yards. Kyle Johnston had an effort well saved by the opposing goalkeeper shortly afterwards, before Dyet sublimely preserved his side’s lead with a stunning reaction save from a deflected Andrew Carrick shot.

Hymas’ speculative scorpion-kick from a corner went just over the bar, and Villa striker Roy once again missed after being put through on goal when he was thwarted by Dyet.

Crawley should have scored himself but took too long, allowing his shot to be blocked. Sorbie followed suite, blocking well from a Wilkinson drive.

Finn Mooney and Mark Carrick had tightened their defensive line after Strathaven’s third goal, but were helpless when super-sub Ethan Charlton scored with his first touch of the ball, drilling the ball low into the bottom corner after some scrappy clearances.

Mark Carrick then gave away a penalty after a foul on Poulton, who dusted himself down to convert the spot-kick himself and ensure a comfortable finish to the game for Strathaven.

  • Full Time:
  • Strathaven Dynamos
  • 5-1
  • Aston Villa


Strathaven Dynamos
Aston Villa
1. Ross Dyet
2. William Poulton
4. Forbes Crawley
7. Matthew Cunningham
8. Gregor Mitchell
10. Danny Crawshaw
12. Connor Anderson
13. Stewart Scott
16. Kyle Johnston
17. David Cameron
19. Calum Hymas
20. Elliott Sorbie
22. Trialist
23. Trialist
1. Ben McNicol
2. Ryan Murray
3. Finn Mooney
4. Simon MacDonald
5. Scott Roy
6. Jake Wilson
7. Craig Leitch
8. Ross Maxwell
9. Janek Eresaba
11. Ben Brown
12. Mark Carrick
14. Taylor Wilkinson
15. Andrew Carrick
16. Scott Logan
17. Jamie Anderson
GK. Kyle Cassidy
Star Player
Strathaven Dynamos
Aston Villa
William Poulton- a constant threat down the left flank throughout the game and was both creative and clinical when it really mattered for his side.
Scott Roy- posed the biggest threat to the Strathaven defence in each half, and was unlucky not to score on several occasions.
Magic Moment
Strathaven Dynamos
Aston Villa
Cunningham chip- a stunning goal which was beautiful to behold and gave his side a strong foothold in the match.
Roy one-one-one- despite not being able to apply the finish, Roy and his teammates combined superbly to create the chance and it fully deserved a goal.
Club Views
Strathaven Dynamos
Aston Villa
Strathaven defender Elliott Sorbie was ecstatic in his praise for his side's performance. "I felt the boys pulled together really well, our tactics were spot on so credit to the coaches, and it was good to see the triangular football we practice so much in training come off in a game. A really good performance." "I'm just gutted I couldn't take the penalty myself, as I haven't scored a goal in over a decade."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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