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Clinical Calderglen reach the Lanarkshire cup final

Dalziel High School 3

Brown 7, 39, 45

Calderglen High School 9

Dawson 15, 22, O'Rawe 37, 42, Scott 60, 62, 71, 72, McFarlane 67
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018
  • Braidhurst High School
  • Under 14´s
  • Lanarkshire Cup

Calderglen eased their way into the final of the Lanarkshire cup with an impressive performance in front of goal against Dalziel.

Four goals from James Scott inspired Calderglen to an emphatic victory despite the best efforts of Dalziel hitman Nathan Brown who converted a hat-trick for his side.

Calderglen were looking to put the Monday blues behind them after a Scottish cup semi-final exit two days previous, whereas Dalziel had ideas of their own to make the final.

Dalziel took the lead within seven minutes, Brown getting the first of his goals after a powerful run resulting in his shot going under the unfortunate Calderglen keeper Callum McGhie.

Calderglen slowly fought their way back into the game and eight minutes later they were level. William Dawson’s effort went through the hands of Dalziel keeper Alistair Rankin and into the net to level the scoring.

It was end to end stuff, both sides looking not to crack under the pressure of the occasion. A penalty was awarded to Calderglen in the 22nd minute after Sam Morrow was clipped.  Dawson confidently strolled up and fired it home from 12 yards to put his side in the lead.

  • Half Time:
  • Dalziel High School
  • 1-2
  • Calderglen High School

Despite the open nature of the first half, many would not have predicted a nine goal haul between the sides in the second half. On the 37th minute Calderglen doubled their advantage, with Dawson turning provider as he slipped in Callan O’Rawe who made no mistake in converting the ball goalwards.

Calderglen switched off straight from kick off as only a minute later Dalziel had pulled one back, Brown charging through the middle and slamming the ball home as Dalziel looked to get back in the game.

O’Rawe however went up the other end just two minutes later, putting the ball into an empty net after some lovely footwork seen him go round the Dalziel defence as he grabbed his brace.

Brown was on a one man mission to ensure Dalziel didn’t drop out of this tie. He again took advantage of a sleeping Calderglen defence from the kick off, this time cutting in from the left hand side as his effort cannoned off the post and in to breathe life into this Dalziel side once more.

A short break in goals for a ten minute period saw the game once again race from one end to the other. However, Calderglen were looking more and more dangerous with every attack, Rankin pulling off a string of saves to keep the Calderglen forward line at bay. However, he could do nothing to prevent the five goals in 12 minutes that were coming his way.

James Scott amazingly got his first goal ten minutes from time. Coolly placing his shot in the bottom left corner. Two minutes later he added another after a lovely solo run saw him convert the ball once more and put the game beyond any reasonable doubt. Calderglen brought their goal tally to nine within 10 minutes of scoring their sixth as they punished a dejected Dalziel side.

A harsh lesson for Dalziel who’ll be going back to the classroom to figure out how to go about improving on this performance. Calderglen will be delighted with how they performed and can now look forward to a cup final to try and end the season with some silverware.

  • Full Time:
  • Dalziel High School
  • 3-9
  • Calderglen High School

Lineups

Dalziel High School
Calderglen High School
1. Alistair Rankin
2. Joshua Stark
3. Cody Quinn
4. Sam Graham
5. Stuart Hawkins
6. Lewis Haggart
7. Reece O'Neil
8. Kirk McKnight
9. Nathan Brown
10. Marc Murray
11. Kian Spiers
12. Jamie Dunn
14. Ewan Shaw
1. Callum McGhie
2. Lewis Hill
3. Joe Jackson
4. Kris Devine
5. Mitchell Robertson
6. William Dawson
7. Connor McFarlane
8. Ben Crawford
9. James Scott
10. Callan O'Rawe
11. Sam Morrow
12. Aedan Dunnet
14. Finlay McLellan
15. Ryan Hamilton
16. Luke Jackson
18. Cameron Powell
Star Player
Dalziel High School
Calderglen High School
Nathan Brown is probably the only Dalziel player who will be able to look back on this with fondness. He proved a handful for the Calderglen backline and was inspiring in just keeping Dalziel in the game.
Despite James Scott getting the four goals, William Dawson was somewhat of an unsung hero in the middle of the park. Whilst also contributing to the first two goals he also created numerous chances for his team whilst also working hard in the engine room to win the ball back for his side, covering every blade of artificial grass.
Magic Moment
Dalziel High School
Calderglen High School
Nathan Brown’s powerful run for his and Dalziel’s second was quite a sight. He singlehandedly took the ball from the half way line and brushed the Calderglen defence to the side, showing great composure to place the ball beyond the keeper.
Callan O’Rawe’s solo goal was the pick of the bunch for Calderglen. He danced his way by the full Dalziel defence before calmly putting the ball away to give his side a crucial two goal cushion at the time.
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