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Dominant Drumsagard show class as they brush aside Bellshill AFC in cup final

Drumsagard 3

Shillada 30' Murray 53' Gillespie 65'

Bellshill AFC 0

Despite the sun shining over a beautiful day in north Motherwell, the Lanarkshire Football Development Association League Cup Final between Drumsagard and Bellshill AFC was held inside the fantastic facilities of Ravenscraig.
Both teams seemed focused on the game during their warmups and as they walked out to the roar of the crowd there to watch, you could tell this was going to be a well contested match.
It was clear in the first ten minutes that Drumsagard had the composure over their opponents though, they held on to the ball well and captain Kyle Gillespie linked up well with Blair Shillada and Taylor Murray on either wing.  
They used their pace and skill to often beat their respective full backs and whip balls into the box but striker Craig Queen lacked the height and heading accuracy to make anything of the chances.
Defender, Jack Fagan of Bellshill did a good job of taking Queen out of the match for large spells of the game.
The first real chance of the match fell to Blair Shillada after linking up with Taylor Murray on the right wing which sent him through on goal with a tight angle but a poor heavy touch allowed keeper Josh Wilson to collect the ball with ease.
Soon after, Bellshill managed to get into the game a bit more with their long balls making it awkward for Drumsagard defenders Lewis Wark and Alexander Ballantyne at times but the pair stood strong and despite some scary moments seemed fairly confident at the back together.
Kyle Ross of Drumsagard was given a golden opportunity to take the lead twenty minutes in when a long free kick from their own half was lofted into the box and as the Bellshill players held their high line, Ross was left all alone twelve yards out from goal with the ball soaring right to his feet but his volley hammered off the crossbar and the rebound was hit high and wide.
Drumsagard continued to send messages to Bellshill of what was to come.
Drumsagard hadn’t put together many clear-cut chances thus far in the game and many of their shots had been from range and even though many of them were destined for the top corner, Wilson in goal for Bellshill had been equal to every one of them.
The first goal for Drumsagard came just on the half hour mark when Shillada once again showed good pace and determination to charge down and block a Bellshill clearance following a throw in on the mangers’ far side which caused the ball to bobble into the box.
Josh Wilson hesitated whether to rush out or not, Shillada poked the ball over the beaten keeper and made it 1-0 to Drumsagard although the goal had been coming for a while following Drumsagard’s continued domination of possession and calmness on the ball.
As the managers spoke to their players at half time in an effort to rouse them up for the second half, it was clear what the Bellshill players had been told: Get up the park. Attack the wings.
For the first ten minutes of the half they really showed the quality that got them to this stage in the competition, Josh Reynolds and Kian Aitken linked up beautifully several times down the right wing but that composed final touch to bring them into the box was thwarting their chances of levelling up the game.
The best early chance of the second half fell to Aitken as he turned Alexander Ballantyne inside out on the left wing but just as he was to pull the trigger, the full back recovered well and cleared his lines.
Drumsagard really stuck in and after they survived the opening barrage from Bellshill, they managed to grab a hold of the game and they didn’t really let go for the rest of the final.
Taylor Murray was fed through on goal with a tight angle but Wilson frustrated the Drumsagard attack once again with a quick dash off the line to clear the ball out for a throw in which allowed his tattered defence time to regroup.
As many of Drumsagard’s players drove up the pitch trying to get a second goal and kill off this final, much of the team’s shape was lost and a large space opened up in the middle of the park.
Bellshill captain Sam Archibald identified and utilised with a beautiful driven ball across the pitch leaving Drumsagard sparse at the back as Kian Aitken and Josh Reynolds attacked with pace but just as Aitken came into the eighteen yard box, his shot which quickly turned into a cross just missed the head of Reynolds and went out.
With many of Drumsagard’s attacks not actually leading goals, Bellshill were being offered lifelines to get themselves back in this and there was no better opportunity and opening for Bellshill than this.
Drumsagard doubled their lead soon after as Taylor Murray followed a bouncing ball into the box and lobbed Josh Wilson, sparking wild celebrations through the team as they knew that they had just taken a massive step towards the silverware as Bellshill heads dropped around them.
The game then lulled for a period after this as Drumsagard were desperate to hold on to their two-goal cushion and Bellshill battered them with long balls which were being easily swept up by Lewis Wark.
Drumsagard had their third five minutes from time when Kyle Gillespie made a nice turn on the outside of the box following a throw in from the right side and then proceeded to cannon the ball into the top right corner leaving Josh Wilson with nothing to do but watch it sail into the net.
In truth, Drumsagard never really looked like losing this final, right from the start they were positive with the ball and even though they had to be patient for their chances to come, they didn’t become frustrated or waver from their game plan and comfortably ran out winners on the day.


Bellshill AFC
1. Nathan Coyne
2. Alexander Ballantyne
3. Kyle Gillespie
4. Connor Gracey
5. Liam Drummond
6. Liam Miles
7. Josh Carroll
8. Kyle Ross
9. Craig Queen
10. Blair Shillada
18. Taylor Murray
15. Robert Naismith
17. Aedan Slicer
16. Lewis Wark
19. Ben Allison
14. Jamie Freeman
1. Jack Wren
2. Aaron Cole
4. Owen Brown
5. Louis Wishart
6. Sam Archibald
7. Lewis Pollock
8. Kian Brown
9. Kyle Scully
10. Josh Keegan
11. Jay Archibald
12. Josh Reynolds
14. Kian Aitken
15. Sam Graham
16. Jack Fagan
17. Josh Wilson
18. Conlan Maher
Star Player
Bellshill AFC
Kyle Gillespie - showed real captain qualities on the day and stroked the ball well around the pitch all day, never looking flustered and many of Drumsagard’s opportunities came through him and Gillespie got his reward for his performance with a great shot from twenty yards which rocketed past the keeper, sealing the win for his team.
Josh Wilson - Despite having to pick the ball out of his net three times, if it hadn’t been for his commanding presence in the box and aerial ability, it could have been a lot worse for Bellshill but he kept his team in it for large spells of the game in a fantastic performance from the keeper.
Magic Moment
Bellshill AFC
The Drumsagard winger showed a great turn of pace to sprint away from the defenders and coolly chip the ball over the goalkeeper.
Wilson was bombarded for most of the match and pulled out many good stops but the pick of the bunch was late into the first half when Kyle Gillespie had beaten several players and his winding shot was just tipped wide by Wilson’s right glove which warranted great applause from all those watching.

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