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Antonine progress with five star win over East Stirlingshire

Antonine FC 5

Hamilton 5, Boyle 24, Hutton 26, 78, Manley 34

East Stirlingshire 0

  • Sunday, 23 November 2014
  • Mountblow Playing Fields
  • Under 16´s
  • Central Regional Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Antonine have progressed to the third round of the Central Regional Cup with a 5-0 win over East Stirlingshire on Sunday morning.
 
Goals from Daniel Hamilton, Adam Boyle, Liam Manley and two from Scott Hutton sealed the win for the hosts.
 
Both teams started well on a surface not conducive to the teams’ respective passing games, and the home side took the lead just five minutes in.
 
Daniel Hamilton picked the ball up out on the right and drove into the box before slotting the ball under East Stirlingshire goalkeeper Mark Gordon to give Antonine an early 1-0 lead.
 
High on confidence from his goal, Hamilton drove down the right once more. He fired the ball across the face of goal for Owen Gallagher to shoot from the six yard box, but Gordon got down well to hold the ball.
 
Eleven minutes into the game, East Stirlingshire almost equalised through a ‘stramash’. Ciaran Barr had two bites at the cherry, before Jay Buist’s effort was gathered by Antonine goalkeeper Andrew Carroll.
 
On twenty four minutes, Antonine doubled their lead. A perfectly weighted through ball was played into the path of striker Adam Boyle, who duly thumped the ball past Gordon to put his side 2-0 up.
 
Two minutes later, Antonine tripled their lead thanks to Scott Hutton. A corner on the right wasn’t held by Gordon and Hutton was on hand to stab the ball home. 
 
Shortly before the half hour mark, the visitors made a substitution - Andrew Boyd replacing Barr.
 
6 minutes before half time, Antonine were awarded a penalty kick after Boyd was adjudged to have tackled from behind. Despite the visitors protestations, referee James Gallagher pointed to the spot. Liam Manley stepped up and sent Gordon the wrong way to ensure Antonine went into the break with a four goal cushion.
  • Half Time:
  • Antonine FC
  • 4-0
  • East Stirlingshire
East Stirlingshire regrouped at the interval and proved tough to break down in the second half as they looked for a way back into the match. 
 
Substitute Boyd stung the palms of Carroll from the edge of the area with a rasping drive, while Boris Hurny’s long range effort was also gathered by the in form ‘keeper.
 
Pressing high up the pitch, East Stirlingshire were almost caught on the break. Hutton’s delightful pass with the outside of his boot found Mark Sweeney but just as he found the back of the net, the referee pulled it back for offside. 
 
As both teams began to tire on the heavy pitch, tired and frustrated challenges started to creep into an otherwise well contested game, with East Stirlingshire’s Matthew Wright and Liam Manley both being cautioned.
 
On the hour mark, Boris Hurny again tested Carroll from range, but this time his shot was easily gathered.
 
Antonine manager Kevin Kelly’s double substitution - Callum Maxwell and Christopher Donaghy making way for Dion McInally and Rhys McGinley, paid off as they increased their lead seconds later.
 
With a mere two minutes to go, Antonine scored a fifth. Hamilton’s free kick wasn’t held by Gordon and, almost identically to his first, Hutton was alert to tap in his second and Antonine’s fifth to seal the victory.
 
On the stroke of full time, Carroll produced a wonder save. Andrew Stowe’s pass was collected by Jason Weir who fired towards goal, but Carroll stretched superbly to deny him and keep a clean sheet.
 
A scoreline that doesn’t accurately depict the game, but a result and progression to the next round that Antonine will be pleased with. A spirited second half showing from East Stirlingshire was unlucky not to provide at least a consolation goal. 
  • Full Time:
  • Antonine FC
  • 5-0
  • East Stirlingshire

Lineups

Antonine FC
East Stirlingshire
1. Andrew Carroll
2. Steven MacIver
3. Liam Manley
4. Brendan Kelly
5. Dean Miller
6. Scott Hutton
7. Daniel Hamilton
8. Joe McKendrick
9. Adam Boyle
10. Owen Gallacher
11. Christopher Donaghy
12. Dion McInally
13. Rhys McGinley
14. Callum Maxwell
15. Mark Sweeney
16. Dominic Cairney
1. Mark Gordon
2. Conor Robertson
3. Cameron Meek
5. Jay Buist
6. Scott Shand
7. Logan Allan
8. Ciaran Barr
9. Tommy Airlie
10. Matthew Wright
11. Jason Weir
15. Andrew Stowe
17. Boris Hurny
18. Andrew Boyd
19. Matthew MacLeod
Star Player
Antonine FC
East Stirlingshire
Adam Boyle. His individual and team work rate was rewarded with a well taken goal. Scott Hutton's brace puts his a close second.
Conor Robertson. Despite a defeat for his side, Robertson's pace and trickery created a number of chances for East Stirlingshire.
Magic Moment
Antonine FC
East Stirlingshire
Outwit their five goals, Antonine's passing move that resulted in Sweeney's offside 'goal' from Hutton's pass with the outside of his boot was delightful.
Boris Hurny's long range effort went close for East Stirlingshire. Despite not scoring, their second half performance in general was fantastic.
Club Views
Antonine FC
East Stirlingshire
Kevin Kelly, coach of Antonine, said: "I was delighted with the result and especially the way we played on such a difficult surface. The boys got the ball down on the deck and played well. In truth, the first half is just about as well as we have ever played. We had to dig in a little bit in the second half but we were rock solid at the back and a clean sheet for Andy who had a cracking save right at the death."
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