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Stunning strikes aplenty as Cumbernauld Colts lift League Cup

Cumbernauld Colts 5

Clark 26, 53, Bevan 39, Wright 45, Millerick 48

Motherwell FC Community Trust 1

McKnight 43
  • Sunday, 14 January 2018
  • Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 14´s
  • Central League Cup
Cumbernauld Colts produced a stunning performance at Ochilview Park to secure the Under 14s Central League Cup by beating Motherwell FC Community Trust 5-1.
 
It looked set to be a very entertaining game on a cold Sunday morning in Stenhousemuir, with both sides coming into the match on good form. Motherwell are well in the hunt for the Under 14's Central League title and Cumbernauld have only lost one game all season.
 
Despite this it was a slow start to the game, with both teams trying to get a sense of how the other played, meaning that chances were few and far between in the opening stages.
 
Motherwell were the first to strike the ball in anger towards goal after five minutes when a shot by Lewis Simpson was fired well over the bar.
 
The Well came a lot closer on the 12 minute mark when a corner found its way to Luke Mitchell who was left all on his own but could only send his shot wide of the goal.
 
Two minutes later the Colts had a chance of their own to get excited about when Jamie Connelly was played through on goal. The striker tried to place his shot underneath 'keeper Jason McCorquodale's legs only for the Well stopper to save with his feet.
 
Both sides were reall starting to create chances and the Colts made one count on the 26th minute when the ball bounced into the path of Ciaran Clark after a great run from Jon Millerick. Clark set himself and fired a half-volley into the net for the lead.
 
Cumbernauld started to take control of the match and five minutes from half-time had a great chance when a cross-cum-shot from Joseph Bevan nearly got a toe poke from a teammate only to go behind for a goal kick.
 
Motherwell were dealt a hammer blow one minute from half-time when Cumbernauld doubled their lead when a great one-two between Bevan and Clark opened up the Well defence for Bevan to send his shot under the keeper and into the net.
  • Half Time:
  • Cumbernauld Colts
  • 2-0
  • Motherwell FC Community Trust
Motherwell started the second half brightly and had a goal to show for it just three minutes after the restart. They won a free-kick roughly 20 yards from goal which was taken by Kirk McKnight whose shot hit the Colts wall. The ball fell back to McKnight who managed to produce a stunning shot low into the bottom left hand corner to give his side a route back into the match.
 
Colts were keen to respond in the right manner and had a chance of their own two minutes later when a shot from Simpson was well saved by McCorquodale.
 
They weren't to be denied for long as Colts restored their two goal advantage a minute later when a thunderous 25-yard strike from Blair Wright found its way into the back of McCorquodale's net.
 
The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Motherwell who had worked so hard to get themselves back into the match, and the Colts took full advantage from that point on.
 
It was 4-1 on 48 minutes and it appeared as though a number of Colts players were having their very own goal of the match competition. This time it was Jon Millerick, who was having a superb match in the middle of the park, who dinked the ball from 25-yards out, a similar position to Wright's goal, and found the net via the crossbar to extend the scoreline.
 
Cumbernauld ended the scoring after 53 minutes when Clark got his second of the match after a small stramash in the box. The ball fell to Calrk to fire past the 'keeper for his second and Cumbernauld's fifth.
 
Despite the size of their lead, Colts were eager for more and nearly had it when a free-kick from Wright sailed just over the bar. On the 68th minute a great double save from McCorquodale kept the score down as he denied Simpson.
 
That was to be all. A stunning performance from Colts along with a couple of stunning strikes were the difference on the day. The scoreline will have hurt Motherwell but they can certainly be proud of reaching the final in the first place. They will surely dust themselves off before aiming their focus towards the league title.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Cumbernauld Colts
  • 5-1
  • Motherwell FC Community Trust

Lineups

Cumbernauld Colts
Motherwell FC Community Trust
1. Steven Kearney
2. Connor Twohig
3. Jamie Connelly
4. Marc Smith
5. Reece Robertson
7. Joseph Calvert
8. James Tourish
9. Aidan Callaghan
10. Blair Wright
11. Arron McMahon
12. Josh McIntyre
14. Callum Jennings
15. Ciaran Clark
16. Ross Jackson
17. Jon Millerick
18. Joseph Bevan
1. Mack Williamson
2. Hugo Brown
3. Kyle Irvine
4. Lewis McShane
5. Robert Conner
6. Luke Mitchell
7. Kirk McKnight
8. Nathan Gardner
9. Jamie Beccuer
10. Jamie Lyndsay
11. Lewis Simpson
12. Jason McCorquodale
14. Nathan Brown
15. Mikey McCrae
19. Ben Fitton
20. Declan McKenzie
Star Player
Cumbernauld Colts
Motherwell FC Community Trust
Jon Millerick was awarded the player of the match on the day and rightfully so. A fantastic performance in the midfield and a stunning goal to boot. A great day for the youngster.
Difficult to pick a standout but will go for McCorquodale. Produced a number of great saves and can't really take any blame for the goals he conceded.
Magic Moment
Cumbernauld Colts
Motherwell FC Community Trust
Take your pick from any of the strikes from Wright and Millerick. Will probably go for Millerick's lob. There is something strangely satisfying when you see one go in off the bar.
Only one goal from Motherwell but what a goal it was. A great strike from McKnight and a difficult one to get right. He should be very proud of that effort.
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Last modified on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:33
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