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Today's game, Clydeview against Mairns Castle in the PADSFA U16 League Play-off, was a close battle for silverware which added shine to a game which was dampened by dull and miserable weather. It was Clydeview who went home with the winners medals and shield, thanks to a first half goal from .
It was Clydeview who got the match underway at St James Park and looked to get themselves on the front foot with some early possession and a few searching chances. It was Mearns Castle though who had the first real chance of the game when an early free kick looked promising as it made it's way to the back post and had to be put behind but the resulting corner would result in a goal kick.
Mearns Castle found themselves with the majority of possession and begun to play some nice passing football and it wasn't too long before they had another chance when Andrew Hume had a shot on target saved by the Clydeview keeper. This was closely followed by Mearns' Ross Duckett also having an attempt at goal but unfortunately for him the shot went wide.
The balance of play levelled when Clydeview found their real first chance of the game when no 9had a shot on goal which was put out for a corner in which nothing resulted of.
Mearns Castle had the next real chance of the match and the closest to goal so far when Andrew Hume saw his curling shot bounce back off the post to deny them from tacking the lead in the final and a result of Mairns possession in the first 20 minutes.
Clydeview got back into the game moments later though when they started to have more position and create chances of there own with Thomas Livingston having a shot towards the net go wide. It was Clyde's next chance however that was to prove the most crucial of the game. Reece Williamson found space for a shot which found the back of the net to give them that all important lead.
After falling behind Mearns looked for the equaliser and they would have been odds on favourite to get it after they had three successive corners in which three of their players were just millimetres away on all three occasions.
The last action of the fist half saw Clydeview try to get a second before the whistle when their no 9 saw his shot go wide and then the referee signalled for half time.
Half Time Clydeview Academy 1-0 Mearns Castle High School
It was Mearns Castle who got the game restarted and immediately looked to get themselves back in the game when Andrew Hume found himself with a shooting opportunity which he took, only to see the ball go wide for a goal kick.
Clydeview began to dominate the possession and with that came more chances but the only obstacle to prevent them going further ahead was the Mearns defence which stood strong to prevent any penetration into to the net.
Any Clydeview shots which were sent through to the Mearns keeper Robert Rigg were met with some astonishing saves by the number one who was beginning to put in a man of the match performance.
The next real chance fell to Clydeview when their forward took a long shot which promised to excite but the ball went only just wide to deny Clydeview a second goal of the game.
The game began to level out and the battle for the ball as mostly contested in the middle of the park with no team looking favourite to score next.
Any chances that were created came to Mearns who were desperate to find that equalizing goal and heading towards the final minuets but just couldn't find what they were looking for.
The referee blew the whistle to signify that Clydeview were the champions and brought to an end a game which was closely contested and entertaining.
Full Time: Clydeview Academy 1-0 Mearns Castle High School