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Spirited Kilsyth Athletic come from behind to beat Motherwell FC Community Trust

Kilsyth Athletic 3

McDowall 42, Skilling 47, Connor Hogg 71

Motherwell FC Community Trust 1

Elliot 31
  • Saturday, 03 June 2017
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Central Region Cup

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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Kilsyth Athletic roared back from a goal down to emerge 3-1 victors against Motherwell FC Community Trust in the Central Region Cup final. 

It was a cagey affair in the first half as both sides traded blows but struggled to break the deadlock. 

The first opportunity of the afternoon fell to Motherwell’s Aaron Muir with ten minutes on the clock. Ben Elliot picked out his strike partner with a through ball but Muir’s effort was blocked. 

Kilsyth registered their first shot on goal when Max Skilling tried his hand with a looping volley from range but the strike narrowly cleared the bar. 

But it was Motherwell who drew first blood in the 31st minute as Elliot’s deflected drive from the right side of the penalty area evaded the outstretched arm of the goalkeeper. 

Kilsyth responded immediately and almost levelled through Connor Hogg. The midfielder cleverly created space before unleashing the ball towards goal but Patrick Pender held comfortably. 

The final chance of the first half would fall to Kilsyth again when Ian McDowall got the break of the ball on the edge of the area. However, the forward could only lash his effort wide of the left post. 

  • Half Time:
  • Kilsyth Athletic
  • 0-1
  • Motherwell FC Community Trust

Kilsyth were straight out of the traps in the second half and levelled proceedings within two minutes. McDowall raced beyond the last line of defence before calmly slotting the ball home. 

Just four minutes later McDowall was at it again and nearly capitalised on defensive hesitation but his left foot volley was inches wide. 

However, Kilsyth got the goal they were after in the 47th minute. An exquisite cross from the left was met by Skilling who bulleted a header into the back of the net to make it 2-1. 

From that point on, there was only one team in it and Kilsyth won a free-kick 11 minutes from time. Ciaran Hogg stood over the ball and smashed an effort towards goal which provoked a stunning save from Pender. 

They were not to be held for much longer and in the 71st minute Connor Hogg was released down the left. The winger cut in and danced past two defenders before producing a clinical finish. 

At 3-1 they had one hand on the cup but were not interested in slowing things down and nearly had a fourth with just a minute to go. A corner found McDowall free at the back post but his volley was expertly stopped by Pender, who was having a really impressive afternoon. 

With that the referee sounded for full-time and the celebrations ensued for Kilsyth, who had produced a masterful second performance to go home with the trophy. 



  • Full Time:
  • Kilsyth Athletic
  • 3-1
  • Motherwell FC Community Trust


Kilsyth Athletic
Motherwell FC Community Trust
1. Aidan Belton
6. Max Skilling
2. James Brown
3. Jonathan Mellon
5. Adam Crainie
7. Kamil Krol
17. Gordon Macaloney
9. Ciaran Hogg
10. Ian McDowall
11. Connor Hogg
12. Lewis Holland
15. Jack Rundell
19. Duncan Buchanan
21. Kyle Traynor
1. Patrick Pender
2. James Gillespie
3. Aiden O'Neil
4. Kieron Etherson
5. Geordan O'Brien
6. Luke Coleman
7. Felix O'Neil
8. Dylan Morrow
9. Aaron Muir
10. Ben Elliot
11. Kyle Laughlin
12. Rhys Mallinson
14. Greg Paton
15. Jack Lilly
Star Player
Kilsyth Athletic
Motherwell FC Community Trust
Ian McDowall was at the heart of most attacks for Kilsyth and showed a range of qualities from vision to skill on the ball. A wonderful performance.
Patrick Pender produced a number of fine stops to keep his side in the game. Agile and brave he looks to be a real prospect for the future.
Magic Moment
Kilsyth Athletic
Motherwell FC Community Trust
Connor Hogg's goal was a moment of real class. The ball stuck to his foot as he weaved in and out of the Motherwell defence before ruthlessly converting his opportunity.
Patrick Pender's save to deny Ciaran Hogg's excellently taken free-kick had spectators blinking in disbelief. A top drawer reaction that kept his side in the tie.
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