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Wonder goal contributes to a Dunblane win

Dunblane SC 4

Garcia-Clegg 8, Thomson 21, 78, Buchanan 57

Seafar Villa Cumbernauld 1

McDuff 64
  • Saturday, 02 March 2019
  • Dunblane High School
  • Under 16´s
  • League Cup Group B

For this league cup match; Dunblane were in impressive form as they managed to score four despite the terrible conditions the players had to contend with. The result ensured the home team continued to progress in the cup itself whereas Cumbernauld will feel like the scoreline did not tell an accurate story of the game itself. 

Cumbernauld were the first to show signs of life. A fantastic corner was played in by Josh Codona which was met by the head of Matthew Smith with a strong header which looked destined for the back of the net; were it not for a fantastic save by Robin Turnbull in the Dunblane goal. 

As the game began to slow down- Dunblane took advantage with some blistering pace on the left hand side. Euan Anderson sprinted past two as he aimed for the corner flag and played a whipped cross into the box. Whilst Cameron Friel managed to get a punch to the ball that ensured the incoming Stuart Thomson was denied- it fell to number eight, Edward Garcia-Clegg, who thundered it into the bottom right corner to ensure the hosts started off positively.

Dunblane maintained their high press over the following ten minutes as they won a free-kick inside the Cumbernauld half. Thomson hit a speculative shot that was collected by Friel between the sticks who pumped it long to Smith who was denied by another fantastic Turnbull save, this time one-on-one. 

Cumbernauld would come to regret the miss mere minutes later, on the 21st minute, as number seven for Dunblane, Sandy Buchanan, played a dangerous low ball into the opposition 18 yard box which was tapped home by the incoming Thomson.

Just before half time- Cumbernauld proved they weren't down and out yet however as Smith hit an effort from the edge of the box that was fumbled, but eventually claimed with composure, by the Dunblane Keeper.

The half ended with Dunblane two goals to the good.

  • Half Time:
  • Dunblane SC
  • 2-0
  • Seafar Villa Cumbernauld

The second half took time to get going; as both teams were in a feeling out process as several changes had been made at the interval. Dunblane had the lions share of possession early on as, as if from nowhere, there was a three on one chance for the home side. Friel showed composure beyond his years to  come out and meet the attackers head on to clear. 

And then, suddenly, Buchanan hit the right wing with the ball- took two touches- looked up and hit what was believed to be an attempted cross from around 25 yards out. But either the wind took the ball with it or it was an incredible piece of vision from the right midfielder as the ball flew over the head of Friel in goals who, to his credit, did everything possible to try and keep the ball out of the net but it fell directly into the bottom left corner as the Dunblane players and bench looked on in awe. 

Three-nil down, the away side were still fighting and, in the 64th minute, they had a sign of defiance as a free kick on the far right side, played in again by Codona, was played directly into the penalty area and caused mayhem. After the ball pinged around for several seconds; Cumbernauld's number two took a chance and stabbed a leg at the ball which ended up going through the legs of Turnbull in goals. 

The goal for Cumbernauld breathed new life into the squad as a free kick less than ten minutes later fizzled just wide of the left hand post with only five minutes left. However, the game was put to bed eventually with only two minutes left as Thomson capped off his man of the match performance with another strike from the edge of the box into the middle of the goal.

Dunblane looked the better team from the off and the end result is a fair reflection of the match in terms of a win. However, Cumbernauld will feel aggrieved that the scoreline was so wide as they played very well and always looked in the game, even when down multiple goals. A performance both teams could be proud of and build from.

  • Full Time:
  • Dunblane SC
  • 4-1
  • Seafar Villa Cumbernauld


Dunblane SC
Seafar Villa Cumbernauld
1. Robin Turnbull
2. Archie Farquharson
3. Liam Kennedy
4. Ewan Bell
5. Calum Allport
6. James Carter
7. Sandy Buchanan
8. Edward Garcia-Clegg
9. Sam Morrison
10. Stuart Thomson
11. Logan Wilson
12. Euan Anderson
14. Cailean O'Reilly
19. Charles O'Brien
1. Cameron Friel
2. Logan McDuff
3. Josh Codona
4. Aaron Fulton
5. Keir Ritchie
7. Dylan Reilly
9. Matthew Smith
10. Jason Blount
11. Matthew Imrie
12. Paul Malloy
14. Ryan Johnson
17. Jamie Waters
18. Jude Berry
Star Player
Dunblane SC
Seafar Villa Cumbernauld
Without a shadow of a doubt; Dunblane's Stuart Thomson was, not only the star player for the home team, but the star player for the whole game. He was consistently involved in all passages of play, he very rarely misplaced any passes and he capped it all off with two very well taken goals. A brilliant afternoon for the number ten.
Whilst he was on the losing side- Cumbernauld's Josh Codona was consistently putting in excellent crosses, all set pieces were taken by him and he ended up getting the assist for the only goal his team earned.
Magic Moment
Dunblane SC
Seafar Villa Cumbernauld
Easily; the best moment of the day was beneficial for the home team as right-midfielder, Sandy Buchanan, hit a speculative, stunning effort from nearly 25 yards out that looped over the opposition defenders and goalkeepers head to find the back of the net. A goal that the young man will remember for a long, long time.
The magic moment for the away side was the fantastic three-on-one attack that was saved by Cameron Friel in goals on the 56th minute. Unfazed by three attackers running at him; he showed intelligence and bravery to come and make a clean sliding challenge to keep his team in the game.
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