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Pro Football Academy edge out Burnbank to win McCartney Scott Cup

Burnbank FC 1

Odonohue 55

Pro Football Academy 2

Mckay 20, 25
  • Saturday, 26 May 2018
  • Wishaw Juniors
  • Under 13´s
  • McCartney Scott Cup

It was Burnbank FC vs Pro Football Academy in the final of the McCartney Scott Cup final, played at Wishaw Juniors.

For most, if not all of these boys. it will have been the biggest games of their careers so far, albeit at a very young age, but I’m sure the nerves were huge as the teams came out for kickoff. 

The game began in frantic fashion, with both sets of teams understandably desperate for a fast start but with a strong wind both sides struggled to keep the ball in the early stages. 

There was a long delay early in the match as the Pro Football keeper went down after a goal kick and after some treatment he had to be replaced by sub keeper Liam Glavin.

The first real chance fell to Burnbank as Darren Odonohue was sent clean through by captain Terry Dolan and he looked a certainty to score but Lewis Campbell produced a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny him.

Burnbank were the better team in the opening 15 minutes, winning several corners in a row but they couldn’t find the breakthrough. 

In their first real chance of the game, PFA took the lead after 20 minutes. A flick from a free-kick fell to the feet of Alex McKay who despite getting clattered by the Burnbank keeper, managed to squeeze the ball in and put his side in front. 

This gave his side the confidence and momentum they were looking for and it only took another 5 minutes for Pro Football to double their lead. Cian Murphy was given too much space in the middle of the park and he played a great ball over the top of the Burnbank defence for Mckay and he finished well under the goalkeeper to grab his second of the final and give his team a huge advantage. 

Pro football were beginning to dominate the match, passing the ball well and not giving their opponents anything. 

It looked like Burnbank’s best chance to get back into the match was from corners and they created a good chance from successive corners but captain Dolan couldn’t quite direct his header goalwards. 

Burnbank finished the half strong but couldn’t test the Pro Football goalkeeper and would need something special in the second half to turn the final around. 

  • Half Time:
  • Burnbank FC
  • 0-2
  • Pro Football Academy

Burnbank began the game on the front foot but were struggling to create clear cut chances thanks to the PFA defence, in particular Campbell who was continuing to have a brilliant game at the heart of the defence, winning headers and making crucial interventions. 

Another good performer for Pro Football was Murphy who was dominating the midfield with a good strength and finding his teammates at every opportunity. 

Burnbank’s position in the match with 25 minutes left certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort, but they just lacked that killer pass to get back into the final. 

The match looked like it was fading out to a comfortable PFA win but out of the blue, a poor clearance and good work rate from Aidan McAuley resulted in the ball dropping to Odonohue in the box. He still had a lot to do from a tight angle but his super strike into the top corner set the final up nicely with only 15 minutes to go. 

All the momentum was now with Burnbank, as they were winning corners and putting serious pressure on their opponents defence. 

A good strike from Burnbank’s McAuley was deflected just wide for another corner as Pro Football were clinging onto their lead. 

PFA had a brilliant chance to finish the game off on the counter attack, as Liam McAlonan was sent clean through but the Burnbank goalkeeper made an excellent save. 

However the missed chance didn’t matter as the final whistle blew shortly after to spark huge celebrations for the PFA players and fans alike, and the boys can be delighted with their deserved win in the final.

  • Full Time:
  • Burnbank FC
  • 1-2
  • Pro Football Academy

Lineups

Burnbank FC
Pro Football Academy
1. Fraser Walker
1. Alistair Boyd
4. Logan McAuley
6. Marshall Booyd
7. Adam Finnigan
8. Terry Dolan
9. Christian Li
10. Aiden McAuley
11. Adam Watson
12. Kieran Henry
15. Rian Sanderson
16. Darren Odonohue
17. Robbie Kelly
18. Brian McMaster
19. Bailey Kane
20. Reuben Keenan
1. Liam Glavin
2. Kai Smith
3. Anton Kelly
4. Cian Murphy
5. Lewis Campbell
6. Kai Nailen
7. Alexander McKay
8. Fraser Moss
10. Barry Lee Rowlands
11. Roman Martin
12. Liam McAlonan
14. Sam Bradley
16. Aidan Donnelly
17. Mark Kelly
19. Connor Swan
20. Anthony McDonald
21. Kai Bruce
22. Aidan Glavin
Star Player
Burnbank FC
Pro Football Academy
The star player for Burnbank was the captain, Terry Dolan. He showed great commitment and desire to try and drag his team back into the final went they went two goals down, but despite his best efforts they came up just short.
Despite two goals for Alex McKay, the star player for Pro Football Academy defender Lewis Campbell who was a rock in defence for his side. His goal saving challenge in the first half was crucial and when his team were under real pressure in the second half, he stood firm and was excellent throughout.
Magic Moment
Burnbank FC
Pro Football Academy
The magic moment for Burnbank was their goal scored by Darren Odonohue, which was a brilliant finish and gave his team hope to take the match to extra time but they couldn't quite grab that all important equalising goal.
The magic moment for Pro Football Academy was Alex McKay's second goal, which came from a wonderful pass from Cian Murphy and McKay finished superbly to give their team some breathing space and ultimately it was good enough to win the final.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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