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Syngenta hit six in Central Region Cup win

Syngenta Juveniles 6

Gray 18, 36, 57, 61, (OG) 22, Thomson, 86

Dalziel BC 1

Barton 40

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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Syngenta Juveniles lifted the Central Region Cup after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Dalziel BC. 

The final which had it all, from sublime goals to an abundance of drama, burst into life with just under 20 minutes on the clock. 

Flynn Gray gratefully hoovered up Alex Thomson’s mishit with the deftest of flicks to edge his side in front. 

Syngenta had a second in bizarre circumstances four minutes later, when a miscommunication between Dalziel’s Jamie Halliday and his goalkeeper resulted in the defender passing the ball into his own net. 

The Dyes were in dreamland nine minutes before the break as Robbie McCafferty whipped in a deadly cross for Gray to side-foot volley in his second and his team’s third of the afternoon. 

However, Dalziel were not prepared to concede defeat and had a lifeline with 40 minutes on the clock. A clumsy challenge on Adam Barton meant the Lanarkshire side were awarded a penalty, which Barton duly dispatched. 

Syngenta had a golden opportunity to restore their lead on half-time when they were given a penalty of their own. McCafferty was hauled down by Joshua Brodie but as he ran up to take the kick, he lost his footing and sent the ball wide.

The tempo of the second half was similarly unrelenting and Dalziel almost pulled themselves right back in it in the 56th minute. Luke Dickson raced clear but his namesake Allan Dickson was equal to the forward’s left-footed strike, producing an excellent stop. 

The Dyes then had a second penalty a minute later when Sean Fagan’s mazy run was halted by a foul in the area. Gray stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom left corner of the net and grab his hat-trick. 

The opposition couldn’t deal with the forward’s menace and he was on the scoresheet again in the 61st minute, volleying home a teasing cross from McCafferty. 

It was becoming a day to forget for Dalziel and their miseries were compounded when Matthew McCulloch was sent off in mysterious circumstances. 

With four minutes to go until they could get their hands on the trophy, Syngenta were not prepared to take their foot off the gas. 

Thomson latched on to a through ball and showed the presence of mind to lift his head, cut on to his left foot and finish with aplomb. 

The referee blew his whistle shortly after to cap what was an exquisite attacking display from the Falkirk side.


Syngenta Juveniles
Dalziel BC
23. Allan Dickson
2. Hayden McLean
3. Mitchell Spears
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 Whitehead
13. Callan Stone
15. Josh Brown
22. Flynn Gray
25. Sean Fagan
1. Fraser Wright
2. Josh McRoberts
3. Andrew Grant
4. Jamie Halliday
5. Joshua Brodie
6. Tom Percy
7. Joseph McNally
8. Adam Barton
10. Matthew McCulloch
11. Luke Dickson
12. Christopher Reid
15. Enrico Jannetta
16. Scott Livingstone
17. Marc Hobson
18. Mark Walker
20. Nathan Murray
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Dalziel BC
Flynn Gray - An effervescent performance that was matched in quality by the forward, who worked tirelessly and created moments of magic throughout.
Adam Barton - Showed the desire to urge his team on when things weren't going to plan and took his penalty well.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Dalziel BC
Flynn Gray's opening goal was a moment of sublime quality as he reacted quickly to create something out of nothing.
Adam Barton's driving run into the area to win his side a penalty embodied both commitment and desire.

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