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Blantyre storm to victory against Wishaw Wycombe

Blantyre BC Yellow 5

O'Neil 26, 41, 62, Murdoch 29, Springett 87

Wishaw Wycombe 1

Walker 20
  • Sunday, 01 October 2017
  • Hamilton Palace
  • Under 17´s
  • Lanarkshire FDA

A hat-trick from Owen O’Neil inspired a hard working Blantyre to an impressive league win over Wishaw Wycombe

Blantyre always looked on the ascendancy as they battled through the terrible conditions the teams were forced to play in, as the wind and rain battered the players. Despite this it was a fast paced game to start with, going from one end to another.

The first opportunity was presented to O’Neil when Paul Anderson slipped him through only to be denied by a fantastic save by Wishaw stopper Adam McCrae’s foot before slicing another effort over the bar minutes later. It was Wishaw’s turn to attack with Liam Sneddon going close, his shot going just wide of the post. McCrae was having an excellent game this time denying Jack miller with a fantastic right handed save.

Just as Blantyre looked to be getting a grip on the game Wishaw were awarded a penalty in the 20th minute after Bartek Gronkowski was brought down in the box, which was then converted for Wishaw to put them in the lead. Six minutes later Blantyre were given a penalty after David Gold was fouled in a similar challenge to the Wishaw penalty incident. O’Neil missed the initial penalty but converted the rebound to make it 1-1.

Three minutes later it was Blantyre in the lead, Captain Zak Murdoch powering home a header from Anderson’s corner. Blantyre really got to grips from here and made it three before half time. Great play from Mark Bowie allowed him to get the ball to O’Neil who curled a sumptuous shot into the top corner four minutes from the break to put Blantyre in a comfortable position going into it 3-1 up.  

  • Half Time:
  • Blantyre BC Yellow
  • 3-1
  • Wishaw Wycombe

It was a scrappy affair for the first quarter of the second half with no real goalmouth action, the weather taking its toll making for extremely difficult playing conditions. A bit of magic was needed and O’Neil provided just that with a solo run that seen him beat four Wishaw players before he was eventually brought down for another Blantyre penalty. He stepped up and rifled it home to seal a well-deserved hat-trick and to put the game beyond Wishaw.

Ross Hayhoe tried to pull one back for his side but his shot was parried by Blantyre stopper Gary Smith before being well cleared by Zak Guielly. Blantyre had took control of the game by this point being completely dominant in possession, playing nice football along the way. They finished off the scoring in superb style, Kevin Springett slamming the ball from 25 yards into the bottom corner to put the icing on the cake for Blantyre eight minutes from time.

It was a terrific team performance by Blantyre who worked well together to see off Wishaw, who will be hoping to bounce back immediately from this.

  • Full Time:
  • Blantyre BC Yellow
  • 5-1
  • Wishaw Wycombe


Blantyre BC Yellow
Wishaw Wycombe
1. Gary Smith
2. Nick Myers
3. Jack Miller
4. Zac Murdoch
5. Jack Guielly
6. David Gold
7. Connor Rooney
8. Mark Bowie
9. Owen O'Neil
10. Paul Anderson
12. Jack Dunsmore
14. Kevin Springett
15. Alan Milligan
16. Declan Aitchison
17. Jack Campbell
19. Blair McKenna
1. Ross Davie
3. Adam McCrae
4. Cole Esson
6. Lewis Houston
9. Ross Hayhoe
10. Liam Sneddon
11. Bartek Gronkowski
12. Mark Cairns
14. Jaecob Fisher
16. Adam Cairns
17. Adam Lynch
19. Logan Lawrie
20. Reece Bailee
Star Player
Blantyre BC Yellow
Wishaw Wycombe
Owen O’Neil optimised what Blantyre were all about. Hard work and a willingness to do anything to get the ball for his team. His runs in behind the Wishaw backline caused havoc and got his just rewards for his efforts on what was a superb day for Blantyre.
Wishaw stopper Adam McCrae had an excellent game in spite of the horrible conditions and the peppering his goal took at times. He made a string of great saves for his team and played more than his part in keeping the score line down on the day.
Magic Moment
Blantyre BC Yellow
Wishaw Wycombe
A lovely Cruyff turn from Blantyre number 12 Jack Dunsmore late on into the game took three different Wishaw players out of the game and showed how confident Blantyre had become with this moment of brilliance.
Adam McCrae’s spectacular save in his top right hand corner was the highlight for Wishaw as the goalkeeper did his best to reduce the deficit Wishaw could have faced had it not been for him.
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