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Red hot Hotspur beat Clyde Valley to win LFDA cup

EK Hotspur 4

Convy, Tammam, Kilcoyne, McColl

Clyde Valley 0

  • Saturday, 24 May 2014
  • John Cummings Stadium, Carluke
  • Under 16´s
  • LFDA League Cup - Final

John Cox | YFS Central Region Journalist
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The Lanarkshire FDA League Cup final for the Under 16 age group was contested by EK Hotspur and Clyde Valley. It was an even game, however the 4-0 scoreline doesn't suggest that. Hotspur took their chances when it mattered, and Clyde Valley didn't. This was the difference between the two sides, however the score is harsh on Valley, who did play well. The goals were from Sam Convy, Cameron McColl, Jake Kilcoyne and Ali Tammam.
The opening goal came three minutes into the game. Ross Wood was on a good run. He went into the box and was brought down by a red shirt. The referee pointed to the spot straight away, and not many disagreed with him. Sam Convy stepped up, and placed the ball into the top right hand corner. The goalkeeper dived the wrong way, and this was a perfect start for any team in a cup final.
About ten minutes later, Ross Johnstone was on a good run for Hotspur, taking it by two men. He played in Burnie but his shot was straight at Andrew Murphy in the Valley goal. Immediately, the ball was sent up the park, and with the wind behind it, Gibb was fouled just outside the box. Liam Thomson took it. It was a great hit, but the ball clipped the outside of the post and went for a goal kick. A lot of people thought it had gone in.
Valley would have more chances however. Thomson and Pollock being the main men up front, and chances came their way however they weren't took.
McColl and McCallion played a good one-two between themselves, and this set up McColl in front of goal for Hotspur. His shot was well blocked by Murphy, and the rebounding ball was eventually cleared. The game could go either way at this point. Soon after, these two would have another chance each. McColl doing well, taking it by two men and his shot going wide, and an off-balance shot from McCallion also going wide.
  • Half Time:
  • EK Hotspur
  • 1-0
  • Clyde Valley
Clyde Valley started the second period strongest. A good pass from Taylor Scott was kept in well by Leighton. A lot of Hotspur players thought the ball had gone out but the linesman didn't flag, and Valley won a corner. The ball came to Tait outside the box, and his dipping volley was well saved by Paterson in goal. They would continue to attack, and a couple of minutes later a Liam Thomson shot went just by the post.
The two best chances of the game, were in the space of three minutes. The first one, a free-kick swung in by Schoneville went over everyone and came to Thomson on the six-yard box who somehow put the ball by the post with his foot. 
Schoneville, on the ball yet again, played a great cross into Thomson, who again from six-yards missed the target, his downward header going wide. This would have brought Valley back into the game.
Hotspur's first chance of the second half came their second goal. They hut Valley on the counter-attack, and Ali Tammam was one-on-one with Murphy and he placed the ball into the bottom corner. Hotspur now had a two-goal lead.
Valley had to get the next goal to have any chance of staying in the game, and Thomson again found himself in a shooting position, however this time it was much harder to score, and a shot from his right boot was easily dealt with by the goalkeeper. Soon after Sam Convy was up the park, and a long ball found his feet. He got himself in front of Cummiskey and like the second goal, calmly found the bottom of the net. With very little time left, Hotspur knew they had a grip on the game and that Valley would have to do something special to get back in it.
With the final whistle approaching, there was time for one more goal. The man of the match Cameron McColl, was on the right hand side of the box, and perfectly curled a shot into the opposite corner. The goalkeeper didn't move for it, and a minute later the whistle was blown.
  • Full Time:
  • EK Hotspur
  • 4-0
  • Clyde Valley


EK Hotspur
Clyde Valley

1. Ewan Paterson
2. Jack Burnie
3. Jake Kilcoyne
4. Sam Convy
5. Ross Wood
7. Cameron McColl
8. Ross Johnstone
10. Stephen Leadbetter
11. Kyle Sanders
12. Ali Tammam
14. Grant McCallion
15. Keir Reilly
16. Samuel Bulloch
17. Colin McLeod

1. Andrew Murphy
2. Scott Schoneville
3. Marc Mathers
4. Cameron Pollock
5. James Cummiskey
6. Ross Anderson
7. Robbie Leighton
8. Stephen Tait
10. Taylor Scott
14. Angus Fenton
15. Andrew Currie
17. David Gibb
20. Liam Thomson

Star Player
EK Hotspur
Clyde Valley
For EK Hotspur, I gave the star man to Cameron McColl, as he ran at the opposition defence all game, and was always working for his team. Unlucky not to score his first chance, he scored a tremendous goal at the end when the game was already won
The goalkeeper, Andrew Murphy had a good game, making a couple of good stops. One, which he tipped round the post was a great save. No chance with any of the goals.
Magic Moment
EK Hotspur
Clyde Valley
The way Hotspur counter-attacked Valley was excellent, with it being 3v2, Ali Tammam didn't need any help and put the ball into the net to all but seal the victory.
Clyde Valley's best moment of the game was arguably a free-kick swung in by Schoneville, and Liam Thomson was close to getting on the end of it! which would have levelled the game.
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