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Threadbare Riverside beat Sauchie to lift FVFDA League Cup

Sauchie Juniors FC 0

Riverside FC 1

M'Ratu 15
  • Saturday, 17 June 2017
  • The Falkirk Stadium
  • Under 19´s
  • FVFDA League Cup

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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A depleted Riverside team had enough in the locker to overcome Sauchie Juniors 1-0 in a tightly contested FVFDA League Cup final.

Flemming M’Ratu’s first half strike proved to be the decider after the winger ghosted in behind the opposition defence and calmly lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Riverside’s squad was threadbare and it was revealed that no less than five players missed the game because of a Magaluf related scheduling issue. 

In the 19th minute Sauchie’s Corin Stone robbed Lewis Woloszyn before driving inside and flashing a shot wide of the near post. 

The Wee County side had the best of the chances from that point on, and Logan McFarlane was unfortunate to see his thunderous effort tipped on to the post eight minutes from the break. 

Stone caused all sorts of problems and showed the nous to create space for himself in the 43rd minute but he could only lift his strike over the bar.

  • Half Time:
  • Sauchie Juniors FC
  • 0-1
  • Riverside FC

Riverside’s defensive line remained deep for much of the 90 minutes but after the restart a counter-attack released M’Ratu again but he blasted the ball over the bar. 

The Stirling side took encouragement from that attack and were so close to extending their lead as the game approached the hour mark. 

The Sauchie backline were called into action again and managed to deal with a stramash in the goalmouth with the impressive M’Ratu waiting to pounce. 

As the game wore on, however, Sauchie began to play with a sense of urgency and should have scored on 70 minutes. 

A long ball forward saw Stone get in behind but Connor Duff was off his line quickly to avert the danger. 

Minutes from time, Sauchie’s best and final opportunity of the match arrived courtesy of Harry Neal. 

McFarlane picked out the midfielder in the middle, who moved at pace before shooting from outside the area but Duff responded with a fine one-handed stop.

 

 
  • Full Time:
  • Sauchie Juniors FC
  • 0-1
  • Riverside FC

Lineups

Sauchie Juniors FC
Riverside FC
2. Jack Donald
3. Liam Aitken
4. Dylan Taylor
5. Brandyn Lennon
7. Cameron Wilson
8. Harry Neal
9. Ronan Horne
11. Scott Bruce
12. Logan McFarlane
14. Kieran Bell
15. Greg Marshall
16. Jamie MacDonald
17. Robbie Law
19. Corin Stone
20. Peter Bery
1. Connor Duff
2. Lewis Woloszyn
3. Jack Morrison
4. Jack Wardrobe
6. Flemming M'Ratu
7. Alex Parkin
8. Duncan Malcolm
10. Stephen Weston
12. Elliott MacDonald
14. William Addison
17. Fraser Bell
Star Player
Sauchie Juniors FC
Riverside FC
Corin Stone was at the heart of every attack for Sauchie, stretching the Riverside defence with his running and movement. On another day, he might have had a hat-trick.
Flemming M'Ratu was a creative outlet for Riverside who found themselves defending for much of the game. The winger was able to carry the ball into the opposition half and got them their only goal with a fine piece of technique.
Magic Moment
Sauchie Juniors FC
Riverside FC
Logan McFarlane's strike, which hit the post, would have been a sublime goal. The effort had control and power.
Connor Duff's save in the dying seconds ensure that his side would go on to lift the cup. A fine example of goalkeeping as he got a strong hand behind a powerful shot.
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