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Sauchie storm to Challenge Cup victory

Cambusbarron Rovers 1

Fraser 35, Gray 38

Sauchie Juniors 2

Flynn 75
  • Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Recreation Park, Alloa
  • Under 19´s
  • Forth Valley FDA Challenge Cup - Final
At Alloa’s Recreation Park, Sauchie Juniors took on Cambusbarron Rovers in the first of three tussles in little over a fortnight. Still to meet on league duty and the small matter of the league cup final, these two teams went into battle for the FVFDA Challenge Cup. Only four points separate these teams in the league with Sauchie in second place after winning nine, drawing two and losing two, Rovers meanwhile have an impressive form having won eleven and only losing once….notably to Sauchie Juniors.
 
So this match promised to be a great advert for the Central Region, most of the people I spoke to prior to kick off seemed to feel Rovers were the favourites for this cup final, however Sauchie weren’t there to make up the numbers.
 
Both teams took to the field and Sauchie looked nervous in the opening stages, however they started to grow in confidence and over the piece seemed to have full control over Rovers in the midfield. They looked strong in defence limiting Rovers to just one real effort in the first 35 minutes. Rovers similarly looked strong in defence and Sauchie struggled to make any real efforts and again had only one real chance, until they won a free kick on the 35th minute. Brian McAdam was fouled and the resulting free kick by Liam Begg at the goal, made the Rovers keeper Greg McGuiness fumble the ball and it was turned in by Sauchie captain James Fraser.
 
Cambusbarron were determined to get back level, and tried to mount an attack, Kevin Morrison was fouled approx. 35 yards out and the resulting free kick was met by the safe hands of Scott McKie, not the biggest goalkeeper, but very impressive all the same, McKie ensured his team heard him and he commanded and prowled his box determined not to concede. Rovers continued to try and get the ball up the park, however they were sucker punched when Michael Gray fired in a low shot across the goalkeeper and low into his left hand corner.
 
Sauchie now looked in control and even though Rovers were determined to try and reduce the deficit before half time, both teams went into the dressing rooms with the scores at 2-0 to Sauchie.
  • Half Time:
  • Cambusbarron Rovers
  • 0-2
  • Sauchie Juniors
The second half saw two different teams, Sauchie perhaps content with defending their lead, Rovers however were all fired up and took control of the game. Daniel Hutchison, Kevin Morrison, Ryan Leary and Liam Taggart all seen plenty of the ball as did the impressive Mark Flynn. Flynn had been the shining light of this Rovers team throughout the game always looking like he was about to score and was probably unlucky that he hadn’t scored in the first half.
 
Sauchie managed to withstand the constant Rovers pressure, McKie handling everything that was thrown at him, Fraser meanwhile played with a purpose and both he and Ross Gunn tried to break down Rovers attacks and form counter attacks, but without any real penetration.
 
Rovers grew more and more frustrated, Goalkeeper McGuiness and Defender Zander Gordon clashing in a war of words after a lack of communication led to a Gordon launching the ball towards the local KFC.
 
Meanwhile Sauchie grew more determined to not allow their lead to crumble, however in the 75th minute Mark Flynn scored a great goal to pull one back for Rovers, Ryan Leary floated in a perfect cross and Flynn turned and shot.
 
The goal was the least Rovers deserved after caging Sauchie into their own half for much of the second period of play. However despite Rovers continue to press for an equaliser, Sauchie held firm to finish the game 2-1.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Cambusbarron Rovers
  • 1-2
  • Sauchie Juniors

Lineups

Cambusbarron Rovers
Sauchie Juniors
1. Greg McGuiness
2. Kevin Morrison
3. Declan Morrison
4. Zander Gordon
5. Liam Taggart
6. Nick Anderson
7. Fraser Wilson
8. Connor Donegan
9. Mark Taylor
10. Mark Flynn
11. Lee Mackie
12. Darren Morgan
14. Lewis McIvor
15. Ryan Leary
16. Daniel Hutchison
17. Erik Mitusch
18. Daniel Forshaw
1. Scott McNie
2. Ross Burke
3. Grant Murray
4. Aidan Devanny
5. Scott Lindsay
6. James Fraser (C)
7. Richard Scobie
8. Ross Gunn
9. Brian McAdam
10. Dylan Stansfield
12. Michael Gray
16. Mark Johnston
17. Adam Main
18. Liam Spiers
19. Liam Begg
Star Player
Cambusbarron Rovers
Sauchie Juniors
Mark Flynn was the player who seemed to catch the eye for Rovers, always looking to get onto the end of things and a constant menace to the Sauchie rearguard. Positioning was perfect.
Michael Gray took his goal well, worked tirelessly to help his team, his strength and pace was always a danger to the Rovers defence.
Magic Moment
Cambusbarron Rovers
Sauchie Juniors
Flynn's goal was an excellent finish and restored hope for Rovers.
Gray's finish came at a vital time, extending Sauchie's lead when it looked under threat.
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