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Agony for Airdrie as brilliant Blantyre lift the cup

Airdrie FCBC 1

Own Goal 36

Blantyre Soccer Academy 2

Henderson 29, Docherty 48
  • Saturday, 13 January 2018
  • Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 16´s
  • CSFA League Cup

A Ross Docherty header sealed the Regional Cup for Blantyre Soccer Academy in a tense final against an unlucky Airdrie BC side.

The teams walked out under the floodlights at Ochillview in hope of cup success and to use this as a catalyst for their respective league campaigns.

It was a frantic opening to the game, Airdrie playing some decent football and forcing Blantyre stopper David Malarky into a couple of good saves, one with his feet from Blair Cole’s drive into the box before Calum Murray flashed his header wide.

Blantyre started to get into proceedings more after coming under heavy pressure in the opening ten minutes, Ross Docherty displaying good work on the ball but could only put his shot wide.

Both teams were playing good football but neither were able to break down the resilient defences that left the game at a stalemate. Thirty minutes in however it was Blantyre who would go ahead, despite Airdrie beginning to dominate the ball again.

It was all down to Aaron Henderson, who started and finished his own move, playing the ball out to Anthony Hampson before getting the ball back and slamming it into Brodie McGale’s top left hand corner, leaving him no chance.

Airdrie would be level before the break, a deflected cross hitting off a few Blantyre bodies before despite Malarky’s best efforts, could not keep the ball out of the net as Airdrie dragged themselves back into the game.

  • Half Time:
  • Airdrie FCBC
  • 1-1
  • Blantyre Soccer Academy

Three minutes into the second half Blantyre were back in front, a brilliant corner from Henderson found Docherty who rose above the rest with a bullet header into the top corner to put Blantyre in front and in the ascendency.

Blantyre were buoyant and it was showing, an excellent team move that moved from goalkeeper to attack culminated in Logan Buick’s shot being fantastically saved by McGale down low at his left hand side.

The game became a battle after this, moving from the beautiful game to a physical contest. Mark Kincaid was having a real impact on the game, picking the ball up deep in midfield and driving the ball forward with incisive passing, sharp decision making and lung bursting runs, the man making Airdrie tick.

In the last minutes of the game Blantyre were more than happy to get into the corners to run down the clock and grind out the final minutes as legs grew weary. Thomas Rodgers had a last gasp effort for Airdrie but Malarky was equal to it, pushing the ball away from his near post before the referee blew his whistle to seal Blantyre’s fifth trophy in two seasons.

It was a dogged performance from both teams who ran themselves into the ground for their managers, but there can only be one winner and it was to be Blantyre who lifted the trophy to the delight of all the players and staff, however for Airdrie it just wasn’t their day and can take pride from their great performance in this final.

  • Full Time:
  • Airdrie FCBC
  • 1-2
  • Blantyre Soccer Academy


Airdrie FCBC
Blantyre Soccer Academy
1. Brodie McGale
4. Taylor Lindsay
5. Fraser McDonald
6. Thomas Rodgers
8. Mark Kincaid
9. Kyle Linton
10. Calum Murray
11. Michael Ralston
14. Kai McKillop
16. Calum Guthrie
17. Ryan Mackay
19. Blair Cole
1. David Malarky
2. Ross Docherty
3. Josh Cameron
4. Oliver Grenfell
5. Jay Swan
6. Aidan Kelly
7. Aaron Henderson
8. Anthony Hampston
9. Reece Paterson
10. Bradley Craig
11. Logan Buick
12. Kieran Connor
14. Brendan Owens
18. David Cannon
19. Shay Livingston
Star Player
Airdrie FCBC
Blantyre Soccer Academy
Mark Kincaid was the main man for Airdrie. He controlled the game from the heart of midfield with a vast array of passing and forward runs. His eighty yard diagonal dash to block a one on one with his keeper at the end epitomized what his game was all about.
Aaron Henderson was the catalyst for the two Blantyre goals. The first, a powerful shot from outside the box, finishing off a move he started. Then whipping in a delightful cross for Docherty to get his head onto for the winner. He ran himself into the ground for his team as well as playing many key passes from all areas of the park
Magic Moment
Airdrie FCBC
Blantyre Soccer Academy
Brodie McGale’s fantastic save from an excellent Blantyre team move kept his Airdrie side in the game at a crucial point where a third goal for Blantyre would have taken the tie virtually out of Airdrie’s reach. McGale’s save keeping them in the game and allowing his side to fight on.
The unbridled joy of the Blantyre boys at the full time whistle was a great advert for showing what it means to play youth football. It was clear for all to see how much it meant for each player to win the trophy as they lapped up the applause from everyone in the stadium with their faces beaming with pride!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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