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Syngenta produce ruthless attacking performance to lift Central Region Cup

Syngenta Juveniles 5

Kennedy 10, Gamble 17, Fraser 24, 38, Anderson 49

Oban Saints 1

Kerr 5
  • Sunday, 04 June 2017
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Central Region Cup

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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A lethal attacking performance from Syngenta Juveniles saw them take home the Central Region Cup at the expense of Oban Saints. 

The Dyes were ruthless as they pressed well and moved the ball freely to fire five past their rivals. 

However, the result was not always certain and with five minutes on the clock Oban took a shock lead. Syngenta failed to deal with a hopeful long ball and Cameron Kerr swooped to drill home on the half volley. 

In the tenth minute the scores were level once again. Conor Gamble’s low effort was saved by Alasdair Ferguson but TJ Kennedy was on hand to convert the rebound. 

It was evident that this final would be one to remember and in the 14th minute Kerr tested the goalkeeper again when he pinged in a dipping effort from range. Jordan Livingstone reacted well to tip the ball over the bar. 

Syngenta edged themselves in front in the 17th minute. Gamble ripped in an opportunistic half volley from the right flick, which cracked the post before nestling into the back of the net. 

They extended their lead seven minutes later when Ross Fraser showed the awareness to create a bit of space before rifling home from 25 yards.  

Syngenta were not content with resting on their laurels, however, and had a fourth just before the break. Fraser broke on the counter-attack before exchanging passes with Kennedy and showing the composure to pick his spot from outside the area. 

  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 4-1
  • Oban Saints

Oban were determined to haul themselves back into the game in the second half, and almost did with two chances in quick succession. 

Just minutes after the restart Gary MacCuish showed good feet in the area but the goalkeeper was equal to his low shot. 

Kerr then retrieved the ball in a deep position and drove into the area but Livingstone was alert again. 

In the 49th minute, Syngenta had the cherry on top of their performance when they bagged a fifth goal. It was Neil Anderson who showed a poacher’s instinct to stab the ball home from inside the penalty area and put the game beyond all doubt. 

Brad Pollock was desperate to get amongst the action for the Dyes and on the hour mark, he burst into the penalty area with the ball glued to his foot before bending an effort inches wide of the left post. 

In the 72 minute, Pollock was again causing all sorts of problems as he was fed the ball on the right side of the box but his placed effort was tipped over by the goalkeeper. 

The last chance of the match would fall to Oban’s Keir MacLean, who showed exquisite control in the area before lifting the ball over his marker’s head and lofting an effort just over the bar. 

Minutes later, the referee sounded his whistle to bring to an end a wonderful afternoon for Syngenta. 

 

  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 5-1
  • Oban Saints

Lineups

Syngenta Juveniles
Oban Saints
1. Jordan Livingstone
2. Mark Smith
3. David Johnston
4. Ryan Duffy
5. Kyle Ewing
6. Rhys White
7. Ross Fraser
8. TJ Kennedy
9. Neil Anderson
10. Conor Gamble
11. Jamie Forrester
12. Michael Struthers
14. Brad Pollock
15. Jaryd Gardiner
16. Ben Frew
18. Ben Buglass
1. Alasdair Ferguson
2. Kenneth Black
3. Gary MacCuish
4. Nathan Allan
5. Jamie Anderson
6. Rory Dowd
7. Sol Smith
8. Connor Frame
9. Keir MacLean
10. Scott Mossman
11. Cameron Kerr
12. Joseph Harper
14. Oran Bryce
15. Ben Smith
16. Jordan McKay
17. Sandy Welsh
Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Oban Saints
With two goals to his name Ross Fraser was a persistent threat, creating opportunities for not only himself but also his teammates.
Cameron Kerr led the line well, was combative and linked up well with those around him. In the end he was unlucky to come away with just the one goal.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Oban Saints
Conor Gamble's wonder goal will have people asking if he truly meant it or not but it was a breathtaking moment and one he will remember for some time.
The skill Keir MacLean showed to control the ball in the area before lifting it over his marker's head was simply sublime.
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