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Second-half dominance secures Toni Macaroni Cup for Linlithgow Rose against Broxburn Athletic Colts

Linlithgow Rose 3

Spalony 59, Osborne 64, McMartin 70+2

Broxburn Athletic Colts 1

Rafferty 15
  • Sunday, 03 June 2018
  • The Falkirk Stadium
  • Under 14´s
  • Tony Macaroni Under 14s Cup

Three second-half goals from Linlithgow Rose secured the under-14s Tony Macaroni Cup in a 3-1 success against Broxburn Athletic Colts.

It was the perfect game of two halves, as Broxburn totally controlled the first half without being able to kill the game, before Linlithgow showed their clinical ability in the second 35 in a half of dominance.

Broxburn took a first-half lead through Sean Rafferty's terrific strike. However, Linlithgow struck back with three goals in the final 13 minutes from Kamil Spalony, Joseph Osborne, and Harry McMartin to win the cup.

Neither side really took control in the first 10 minutes, but Broxburn were determined to put an early press on to try and force some errors from Linlithgow. Credit must go to the likes of Fraser Iag and Osborne however, as they and the rest of the defence didn't budge and stayed composed.

But, with the game still to settle into a pattern - Broxburn stunned Linlithgow by snatching a 15th minute lead. Rafferty collected the ball in the box, before showing a pacey turn of feet to get away from two defenders and hammer a shot over Matthew Wallace.

The goal really settled Broxburn into an impressive pattern of play. Murray Lowe was a constant menace in the number 10 position, showing some great technique to take the ball under control and look for passes in behind Linlithgow.

However, it was more the general style of Broxburn's play that was impressing the spectators. They were determined to play with the ball on the deck, with many good ball-players in their side showing their skill as they looked for a second.

Maddox Ireland was making some promising moves in behind Linlithgow's back-line, and showed good feet to get away from Oag before sending a teasing cross into the middle. Unfortunately for Broxburn though, there was nobody to divert it goalwards.

Lowe continued to impress as he fed Craig Bailie, whose low effort was easy enough for Wallace, before Lowe himself had an optimistic pop off target.

Linlithgow were trying to mount attacks on the counter, but they were rushing their passes and struggling for composure on the ball. They did have one lovely move that involved Euan Walker, McMartin, and Andrew McGill. However, when McGill caught sight of goal in the box, he was quickly shut down.

With half-time just moments away, Broxburn should've doubled their advantage. A cross from Ryan Allan caused havoc in the Linlithgow penalty area. As the defence struggled to clear, it fell kindly to Jack Begg, who could only screw wide on the turn from yards out.

  • Half Time:
  • Linlithgow Rose
  • 0-1
  • Broxburn Athletic Colts

Despite Linlithgow's general dominance of the second half, Broxburn did come out the brighter in the initial stages, with Rafferty sending a snapshot on goal that was well held by Wallace.

However, soon it was Linlithgow getting the ball down and spreading it about with a determination. The chances would start flowing in the 39th minute, as Oag came close to equalising when his header from a corner was well held by Oliver Robinson.

Jack Sayers would then send a low effort wide, before a massive chance would fall the way of McMartin. An initial cross from the left was well nodded away by Broxburn, but when Oag poked it back into the box, nobody had picked up McMartin, who got there ahead of Robinson but could only poke over.

Broxburn were often being guilty of pushing their defence up, and it left Spalony, Joe Porteous, and Calum Brown up against two and occasionally just the one Broxburn defender, as their defensive shape seemed to come apart.

Robinson had to be alert to stop Porteous when he was sent through on goal, whilst soon after making a stunning one-on-one save to deny Porteous once again. Ben Ramsey curled a fine effort just wide for Linlithgow in between those chances, as they really started to put serious pressure on the Broxburn goal.

And there was no surprise as Linlithgow got their just rewards in the 59th minute. A long ball forward was won by Porteous, who flicked it to the unmarked Spalony to rifle home when through on goal.

Spalony then came close minutes later when he sent a low drive just wide, but Linlithgow would only have to wait a further two minutes to take the lead. McMartin sent a fine delivery into the box that was headed home by Osborne, sending the Linlithgow players and coaching staff wild.

Huge credit must go to Linlithgow for how they coped with the final minutes of the game. Broxburn tried time and time again to launch the ball into the box, but Linlithgow dealt with everything thrown at them, before adding a killer third.

A last-ditch throw of the dice from Broxburn saw the ball fly into the Linlithgow box again. However, a break of the ball saw McMartin race away on the counter to receive a pass from Spalony. There was so much confidence in McMartin as he darted through on goal, and it was no surprise to see the youngster slot it home to seal the Tony Macaroni Cup for Linlithgow.

  • Full Time:
  • Linlithgow Rose
  • 3-1
  • Broxburn Athletic Colts

Lineups

Linlithgow Rose
Broxburn Athletic Colts
1. Matthew Wallace
3. Joseph Osborne
4. Fraser Oag
6. Ben Bonner
7. Kamil Spalony
8. Ryan Park
9. Stewart Graham
10. Euan Walker
11. Calum Brown
12. Jack Sayers
14. Andrew McGil
15. Ben Ramsey
17. Joe Porteous
18. Harry McMartin
1. Oliver Robinson
2. Ryan Allan
3. Adam Doonan
4. Jake Duncan
6. Sean Rafferty
7. Craig Bailie
8. Murray Lowe
9. Maddox Ireland
10. Matthew Devlin
11. Aaron Whitelaw
14. Jack Begg
15. Kaid Mackay
16. Matthew Toner
17. Adam Whiteford
20. Ben Mason
Star Player
Linlithgow Rose
Broxburn Athletic Colts
Fraser Oag - The captain put in a performance worthy of the arm-band. When things weren't going well for his side he stood up and ensured that Broxburn wouldn't run away with the game. Came close to scoring himself early in the second-half and put in an assured display in difficult conditions.
Murray Lowe - He was a constant thorn for the Linlithgow defence in the first-half. Operating in that number 10 position, Lowe showed some terrific technique and close ball control to create space for himself and others. Didn't create as much in the second half with Linlithgow turning on the style, but really stood out in the first 35.
Magic Moment
Linlithgow Rose
Broxburn Athletic Colts
By far, the magic moment for Linlithgow was the third goal. It was a trademark counter attack and a fitting way to conclude the final. Spalony showed great energy to get beyond the Broxburn defence before spotting McMartin. He did the rest with a fine finish to seal the cup.
Rafferty's goal was sublime, and it's a shame for him on a personal note that it was overshadowed by Linlithgow's second-half comeback. His footwork was that of a professional as he danced past a couple of challenges, before sending a terrific finish over Wallace and into the net. A stunning goal that gave Broxburn the initiative.
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