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Second time lucky for Glenvale with Scottish Cup victory over Spartans

Glenvale FC 2

Lee 6, Smith 31

Spartans FC Youth 0

  • Saturday, 19 May 2018
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 16´s
  • inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup - Final
Glenvale avenged their Scottish Cup final defeat last year, beating Spartans at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie to lift the prestigious trophy this time round.
  
Spartans road to the final began with a tight victory over Spartans Colts followed by a very comfortable win against Pumpherston United. They then overcame Spartans Reds, Leith Athletic Colts and Erskine Athletic before a tough game against Airdrieonians. They faced a strong Harmony Row side in the semifinal however the Edinburgh side just managed to come out on top.
 
Glenvale saw off St Mirren Athletic and PFD United before putting 10 past Westdyke. They then had close games against Charlie Miller Academy, Jerviston and Tynecastle before beating Hillwood in the semi-final to book their place at Airdrie 
 
The game started brightly with both teams trying to move the ball and it was Glenvale who had the first real opportunity, however it was comfortable in the end for Spartans’ keeper.
 
Shortly after, Glenvale took the lead after a wonderful ball over the top of the Spartans defence played through Fraser Lee who scored with a great finish across goal into the bottom right corner.
 
Glenvale’s second came just after the half-hour mark. A quick break just after a Spartans corner saw a nice lay off from the Glenvale striker straight into the path of Jack Smith who took it well and hammered it past Niall McFadden in the Spartans net to double their lead.
 
Only five minutes later Spartans won a penalty after a foul on Jack Crombie. Keir Russell stepped up to take the penalty however he smashed it over the bar and it remained 2-0 Glenvale.
  • Half Time:
  • Glenvale FC
  • 2-0
  • Spartans FC Youth
The second half started quite scrappy with not many clear chances presenting themselves for either team.
 
The next chance in the game fell to Glenvale after a good run he cut inside and hit towards the top left corner forcing a good save from the goalkeeper.
 
Spartans then had an opportunity to pull one back however the shot from Joseph Evenden wasn’t hit as cleanly as he would have liked and was comfortable for the keeper.
 
Spartans desperately tried to get back in the game however Glenvale defended well and dealt with every ball that came their way.
 
Six minutes were added on but Spartans couldn’t find the break they needed and Glenvale’s Aidan McLaughlin had to be taken off on a stretcher with only a minute remaining.
 
The final whistle blew and the Glenvale celebrations could officially begin and they finally achieved what they could not last season by winning the Scottish Cup.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Glenvale FC
  • 0-0
  • Spartans FC Youth

Lineups

Glenvale FC
Spartans FC Youth
1. Ciaran McDowall
2. John Cumming
3. Andrew McColl
4. Jack Smith
5. Kyle McLaughlin
6. Adam Bridges
7. Aidan McLaughlin
8. Sean Borland
9. Rhys Best McDonald
10. Aaron McDonald
11. Simon Adekunie
12. Harry Pittaway
13. Fraser Lee
14. Luke Christie
15. Anton Calderwood
16. Cameron Crooks
17. Marcus Lavery
18. Brian Connor
1. Niall McFadden
3. Jonathan Jarron
4. Thomas Baur
5. Kieran Moyles
6. Christopher Cameron
7. Jack Ewing
8. Harry Maguire
9. Reece Mason
10. Jack Crombie
11. Joseph Evenden
12. Lorcan Gray
13. Kornel Durda
14. Keir Russell
15. Campbell Swanson
16. Michael Mbewe
17. Luke Morris
18. Robbie Walker
19. Jack Carr
23. Nicholas Reid
Star Player
Glenvale FC
Spartans FC Youth
Jack Smith – scored a fantastic goal to put Glenvale 2-0 up.
Nicky Reid – showed some moments of great skill and technique
Magic Moment
Glenvale FC
Spartans FC Youth
The final whistle. The celebrations showed how much it meant to them to win it.
A good save from Niall McFadden with around 15 minutes to go helped Spartans stay in the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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