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Clinical Salvesen pip Tranent to bag points

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U19 South East Region YFL - D2
Forrester HS
14 September 2013

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By Ian Mackay
YFS South East Region Reporter
 

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The longer this game went on, the more appealing it became and I enjoyed watching it. I feel it is part of my work to write-up games but, once again, all I have to do is praise both teams for providing me with such an honest, sportsmanlike and enjoyable game of football. Take a bow, therefore, both Salvesen BC and Tranent Juniors FC. 
 
 
The home side took the game to their guests from East Lothian with several promising moves up the right wing, but Tranent, early on, were able to cope with the threat on their defence. Lots of good football and Tranent made headway towards the Salvessen goal, with a good ccross from Scott Munro. Andrew Grant in the home goal deal with that effort very easily. Jack Reid (14) looked to have a crucial role in the centre of the home defence and this big, strong young player was prominent when Tranent attacked. But it was No 2, Lyle Cantley, who made a wonderful tackle to halt a run by his opposite number in the Tranent ranks, Thomas Kane.
 
Next player to show up well was Tranent’s Adam Strang and the No 10 went on to be influential for the visitors. A through ball from Gregg Schonwalder posed problems for Salvesen, but goalie, Andrew Grant, was quick to size up the situation and he came off his line to clear. Then Grant produced a good save to deny Tranent No 18, Scott Munro. Lewis Anderson, No 8 for Tranent, ran at the home defence and he went down in a tackle from Lyle Cantely but the referee was  up with play and did not give a free-kick to Tranent. That tackle was the forerunner of the ‘give and take’ in this game.
 
Another good through ball in to the danger area was well defended by Salvesen No 5 this time, James Scullion and the game bowled along at a very good pace. Two good attempts from Tranent’s Johnny Bell (No 7) kept up and a good cross from Munro hit a Salvesen defender and the ball went on to hit the right-hand post - then away! More pressure on the home goal from a  piledriver of a  shot that was knocked behind by Grant for a corner on the right. That was followed by a shot from Bell that the Tranent No 7 screwed across the face of the home goal.
 
Tranent looked to have a goal ‘in their locker’ but as happens so often in football, it was the opposition that scored the opener. After good play by Michael Lowrie (No 9), the ball was not dealt with properly and Salvesen were awarded with a free-klck well to the right of the Tranent goal. Up stepped the powerful Salvesen No 3, Ross Mason, to blast a magnificent free-kick past the Tranent wall and in to the net at the leftl-hand post. That goal came in the 25th minute and it changed the flow of this game. Completely so, and it was Salvesen that benefited the most. There were some passes that I put down to anxiety on both sides and these mistakes set up  good chances for either side to score. Play flowed from end to end and another free-kick for the home side, taken by Mason, was just out of reach of Jordan Andrews in front of the away goal. Phew, that was close!
 
An Anderson run at the home goal ended when he ran in to Cantely and the Salvesen No 2 ran with the ball at his feet to the other end - only for the front runners to be caught offside by Tranent. Schonwalder headed wide of the home goal as the game raced on, then Cantely halted another raid on the home goal and turned defence in to attack with a good clearance.
 
In the 38th minute, Salvesen went 2-0 up and it was a goal ‘out of nothing’ from Jordan Andrews. I do not know who was most surprised when a speculative shot from the Salvesen No 7 from the right of the Tranent goal landed in the far corner of the net. But, as they say ‘they all count’ and the home side were 2-0 ahead. I have to admit I felt sorry for the East Lothian combine. They looked the more likelier side but found themselves 2-0 behind. That is football, is it not? The confidence among the home players just grew and grew after that surprise goal. However, no more goals in the first half and it was still 2-0 at the break. 
 
Half Time: Salvesen CFC 2-0 Tranent Juniors Blue
 
Tranent played with renewed vigour on the restart and with Salvesen on the crest of a wave, the quality of play and the attitude of both sets of players made It an engrossing second half. But, with a two-goal lead, it was the home side who looked to be in charge of the game. Not that Tranent shared that view as they  piled forward at every opportune. Tackles became that little more committed and free-kicks were awarded to both sides. Jordan Andrews, in the No 7 jersey for Salvesen, emerged as my player of the game. The speed of this player was fantastic and he at no time gave the away defenders any respite. Jordan, it appeared to me, wanted to get another goal and he went after every lose ball as if  his life depended on it. Jordan’s reward came when he scored his side’s third goal of the game and what a great, great goal it was from the Salvesen No 7. Andrews was in the right place when a cross came over from the right and he judged the flight of the ball with a great first touch then followed that wonderful piece of skilful play with a thundering volley in to the Tranent net.  I was at that end of the pitch and I thought it a tremendous goal from Jordan Andrews.
 
 
Tranent’s atempts to score were not good and losing three goals appeared to have dented the confidence of the away side. But Tranent gradually got over their disappointments and took the game to the other end. With Adam Strang prominent. Andrew Grant did his best to give Tranent a goal with a moment of madness but Grant’s blushes were saved when the net bound ball was booted away - off the goal-line! Salvesen coaches, Billy Scullion and the experienced Rab Lettice just about took off on the sidelines! Ryan Gordon combined with Michael Lawrie at the other end, but Tranent No 6, another player who emerged from this game with great credit, stepped in to win the ball and set up an attack on the home goal.
 
Play surged back to the other end and it was the turn of Tranent keeper, Andrew Punton, to lose the ball to Andrews, but his shot, this time, was way off target! Then, it was ‘help ma’ Boab’ time on the Salvesen touchlines when Tranent were rightly awarded a penalty. Was this, then, going to be the  turning point in the game? No, no, no! Scott Munro’s spot-kick slammed off the left-hand  post and away from danger. Scott, football can be very cruel! Play raced to the other end and, surely not, there was Andrews close in to the Tranent goal with the ball at his feet. Andrews hit a real pile-driver of a shot at the away goal, but Punton, somehow, managed to beat it behind for a corner on the right. Great play from both teams!
 
To my great delight, Scott Munro made up for his penalty miss by scoring for Tranent at the other end. A superb goal by Scott and he also lost a boot in the process. But the smile on the Tranent player’s face was beautiful to see. To say the rest of the play in this game was non-stop is an understatement. It was blistering football from both sides, but no more goals to celebrate. Salvesen were too strong at the back in this game and they were good value for their 3-1 win in the end. However, it was a day when Salvesen scored more goals than Tranent, but I think that could all change in the months ahead. I enjoyed the great spirit this game was played in. Thanks to both sides for a really good afternoon out for me, complete with my sore and uncomfortable hernia. 

 

Full Time: Salvesen CFC 3-1 Tranent Juniors Blue

 

Salvesen CFC Tranent Juniors Blue
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Andrew Grant
Lyle Cantley
Ross Mason
Lewis Brown
James Scullion
Jordan Andrews
Chris Watson
Michael Lawrie
Andy Proudfoot
Ryan Gordon
Rory Greevers
Jack Reid
Liam Moyes
Daniel Robertson
 
 
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Andrew Punton
Andrew Reilly
Gregg Schonwalder
Jack Bathgate
Casey Price
Adam Strang
Murray Pryde
Johnny Bell
Scott Munro
Chris McAvoy
Sam Dudgeon
Lewis Anderson
Thomas Kane
Lewis Russell
Daniel Smith
Dylan Spence
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Jordan Andrews was the star man for Salvesen, providing a match winning double.
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Adam Strang was a strong performer for Tranent, making a number of interceptions.
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