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Alva clinical in East Stirlingshire triumph

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Alva Swifts
East Stirlingshire
Under-15 FVFDA League Cup
Alva Academy
13 May 2014
 A cool, still, grey morning at Alva Academy was the venue for this FVFDA League Cup Group tie between Alva Swifts and East Stirlingshire.
The game got off to an even start as both teams cancelled each other out while looking for opportunities.  In these early moments it was noticeable William Baker's presence would give the East Stirlingshire defence something to think about.
Midway through the first half Alva's midfield were starting to find some success and were finding the pass to the front line but unable to get in behind The Shire's defence.  Any time Alva did managed to get in behind they found The Shire's goalkeeper in excellent sweeper keeper form to clean up any danger.
With five minutes to go in the first half this changed when a good passing move down the left side found Corey Keenan in on goal behind the Shire defence to fire a shot low left at The Shire's goal.  The Shire's goalkeeper pulled off an excellent save only to find Corey following up to put Alva in the lead.  Soon after the referee blew for half time.
Half Time: Alva Swifts 1-0 East Stirlingshire
At half time Alva introduced Jack Morrison and Finlay Mackenzie.  Soon after Finlay's diagonal runs were beginning to cause problems and eventually paid off when he received an excellent headed flick on from William to get beyond The Shire defence on the right side and send a ball into the danger area to find Corey on the back post to execute and extend Alva's lead to 2-0.
Alva continued to press and fifteen minutes into the second half were rewarded with a corner.  An excellent cross ball from Finlay caused problems in The Shire six yard area and found Logan MacFarlane on the back post to convert into the roof of The Shire net from close range to make the score 3-0 in Alva's favour.
East Stirlingshire were still in this game and continued to press and cause problems whenever they had the opportunity.  They were soon rewarded with a corner which Alva cleared to find Kyle Beadie just beyond his own eighteen yard line.  Kyle had no hesitation and drove on to create a two on two with himself and Fin.  Approaching The Shire eighteen yard line Kyle slotted Fin in nicely on the right side of the penalty area.  Fin fired in a powerful shot and The Shire keeper made an excellent stop only to find Kyle still continuing his run to follow-up and fire the ball high into The Shire net from the six yard line to make it 4-0 for Alva.
Soon after Alva made a few substitutions allowing William Baker to come off after an excellent effort leaving everything he had on the pitch.  Alva continued to tighten their grip in midfield and with five minutes remaining Fin found himself in again on the right side to fire another ball into the danger area to find Regan McDonald with a clever flick with just enough spin on it to prevent the diving Shire keeper from keeping it out, 5-0 for Alva.
To their credit The Shire continued to press the ball and keep the game competitive but Alva continued to move the ball well from defence through midfield whenever they could.  Soon after the referee blew for full time on a good game in which both teams competed well.  
Full Time: Alva Swifts 5-0 East Stirlingshire 
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