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Antonine in five star win over Oban Saints

Antonine 5

Boyle 17, 74, Gallagher 46, Donaghy 68, McInally 78,

Oban Saints 1

MacCrone 14

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Antonine 1999’s moved joint top of the DFDL Under 16’s league following a 5-1 win over Oban Saints Youths. 
 
Lining up in a 4-3-1-2 formation, Antonine started the game well trying to get a hold on the ball and attempting to settle in to their passing game.
 
However, it was the visitors that took the lead. Saints won a free kick on the half way line and Ross MacCrone rose well to head past Antonine goalkeeper Andrew Carrol to open the scoring and give Oban an early lead.
 
Oban’s chance to double their advantage fell to Jay Cooper. Cooper’s driven shot forced a first class save from Carrol, tipping the ball over the bar. 
 
Three minutes later though, Antonine were level. Good link up play between Owen Gallagher and Adam Boyle saw the former slip the ball in to Boyle’s path and the striker made no mistake, poking the ball under Saints goalkeeper Mateusz Polewaczyk. 
 
On 25 minutes MacCrone, full of confidence, attempted a cheeky chip but Carrol stood tall and comfortably gathered the ball. Ten minutes later, Ross MacMillan stung the palms of Caroll with a rasping drive that the goalkeeper did well to palm the ball to safety.
 
On the stroke of half time the visitors almost snuck a second. A great turn of pace from lively Oban forward MacCrone burst down the left wing before cutting inside to shoot, but tremendous tracking back saw Antonine’s Brendan Kelly throw himself at the ball to deny Oban an almost certain goal.
As was the case all day, Antonine threatened as a result of link up play down the right channel between full back Dominic Cairney and winger Daniel Hamilton, and added a second goal six minutes in to the second half. Hamilton’s cross from the right found Gallagher who headed Antonine’s second of the day.
 
13 minutes in to the second half, Antonine were denied what would’ve been a great team goal. A wonderful interchange of passing found Christopher Donaghy, but his shot was well blocked by Polewaczyk. 
 
Oban broke quickly from the rebound and MacCrone was denied his second of the game only by the feet of Carrol who spread himself well to narrow the angle. 
 
Midway through the second half, Antonine were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty. Boyle skipped past a few challenges and was brought down by Polewaczyk, but the referee was unmoved. 
 
Soon after, Antonine added a third. Again, Cairney burst down the right and picked out Christopher Donaghy at the edge of the area with a pinpoint cutback, who then slid in to extend Antonine’s advantage. 
 
Antonine took control of the match from there on in and scored their fourth eight minutes from time. Great work down the left by Christopher Donaghy created the space to cross for Boyle, whose stooping header flew past Polewaczyk to make it 4-1.
 
Substitute Dion McInally completed the scoring with two minutes to go. A great cross by standout winger Hamilton from the right allowed McInally to rise well and fire his header into the back of the net to ensure a 5-1 win for Antonine. 
 
Despite Antonine taking control in the latter stages, Saints can take plenty of positives from a strong first half display. Antonine’s free flowing attacking football and dominance prevailed in the end of which was an action packed game that now sees Antonine rise to joint top of the table.
 

Lineups

Antonine
Oban Saints

1. Andrew Carrol
2. Dominic Cairney
3. Liam Manley
4. Brendan Kelly
5. Dean Miller
6. Scott Hutton
7. Daniel Hamilton
8. Joe McKendrick
9. Adam Boyle
10. Owen Gallagher
11. Christopher Donaghy
12. Fraser James
13. Steven MacIver
14. Callum Maxwell
15. Mark Sweeney
16. Dion McInally

1. Mateusz Polewaczyk
3. James MacIntyre 
5. Hector MacDonald
6. Zander Kilmurray
7. Decan MacMullen
8. Evan MacLellan
9. Ross MacCrone
10. Liam Higgins
16. Owen Nielson
17. Scott Robertson
18. Cameron MacLean
20. Jay Cooper
24. Daniel MacVicar
25. Ross MacMillan

Star Player
Antonine
Oban Saints
Daniel Hamilton worked tirelessly down the right hand side for Antonine. Consistently linked up well with Cairney who also put in a great performance.
Ross MacCrone took his goal well, was alert for the full game and was unlucky not to bag himself another. All round link up play was fantastic.
Magic Moment
Antonine
Oban Saints
Outwith their five goals, a great team goal with 6 first touch passes would've been the goal of the match had it not been expertly blocked. Some fine interchanging of passing throughout the game though.
MacCrone's early header was the magic moment for the visitors on a day where the result could've went either way.
Club Views
Antonine
Oban Saints
Kevin Kelly, coach of Antonine said: "It was a much closer game than the scoreline suggests, and although it’s a cliche, it was a game of two halves and we vastly improved on our first half performance. The work rate of all the players was terrific and it’s getting harder and harder to pick a starting eleven each week. On the current form and performances, I’d hope to be challenging for the league against after finishing second last season."

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