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Twin trouble for Chryston as Boclair reach final

Boclair Academy 5

James Stokes 5, Ian Stokes 25, 64, 90 Wilson 53

Chryston High 0

  • Wednesday, 22 April 2015
  • Cambuslang Rangers
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Schools' Shield

 
Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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A hat-trick for Ian Stokes plus one for his twin brother James helped Boclair Academy to a convincing 5-0 victory over Chryston High in this Under-16 Scottish Schools Shield semi-final.

Played on neutral ground at Cambuslang Rangers with a good crowd in attendance for both sides, there was a party atmosphere in the glorious sunshine for this early evening kick-off. Chryston went into the game having not conceded a goal en-route to the semis but that changed within five minutes.

Calum Wilson picked up a loose ball on the left wing, made his way to the byline and pulled it back behind the strikers where James Stokes was making a late run into the box to fire past the helpless Harry Purves in the Chryston goal for 1-0.

The great start almost got even better for Boclair moments later when William Flemmings speculative effort from the left touchline seemed to hang in the air for a lifetime before coming down on top of the bar, much to the relief of Purves who was struggling to see it because of the sun.

Chryston’s first opportunity of the match was almost the equaliser. Bradley Moultrie’s effort was parried out by Grant Mackie but only as far as Aiden O’Donnell who must have thought his first time effort was heading in only to see it blocked on the line by Josh Brown. Brown then popped up at the other end of the pitch - Aidan Lynch’s corner was deep to the back post where it was met by Brown but came back off the post.

Having got the goal and hit the woodwork twice, Boclair were looking the better side in the opening quarter and Brown came close again with another header from a corner. This time Louie Robertson was on the line for Chryston to prevent the second.

The second was imminent though and came after 25 minutes. Picking up the ball just inside the opposition half, Lynch used his pace to knock the ball round his marker and run onto it. Once at the byline he took his time to pick the pass to Ian Stokes who slammed home number two and joined his twin on the scoresheet.

Both goals came from good wing-play with Boclair looking particularly dangerous when using the pace of Lynch and Ian Stokes down the right.

Chryston desperately needed a quick response if they were to get back into the game and two set-pieces almost provided it. Moultrie first forced the goalkeeper into tipping a 40-yard free-kick over the bar and then from the resulting corner Chryston won’t believe they didn’t get the goal. Moultrie’s corner was deep to the back post and onto the head of Connor Johnson whose effort was parried by Mackie but still in the 6-yard box it was almost scrambled in by Drew Fleming and then by Scott Neilan before the Boclair defence got it to the edge of the penalty box where the onrushing Moultrie blazed over. It was desperately unlucky from Chryston who somehow just couldn’t get it over the line.

A relieved Boclair went on the attack in the final few minutes of the first half with Louis Fisher beating three men on the left wing before playing a one-two with Ian Stokes but Fisher’s curled effort went just wide.

At half-time it was Boclair two goals to the good, but Chryston had responded well to show they weren’t giving up yet.

  • Half Time:
  • Boclair Academy
  • 2-0
  • Chryston High

Perhaps after getting a warning during their half-time team talk that Chryston looked like getting back into the match, Boclair came out the strongest.

Ian Stokes dispossessed a defender and ran through one-on-one with the keeper. Purves stood up well to make the angle tight and parried the shot wide where it was picked up Fisher who could have shot but instead looked up and picked out Wilson in a better position on the penalty spot only for him to fire wide.

It was a disappointing miss but he made amends for it shortly after when Ian Stokes cut in from the wing, danced round two Chryston defenders and then set up Wilson who this time knocked it home for number three.

Boclair were bossing the game in the second half and the chances just kept coming. Jack Stansfield and Lynch combined neatly through the middle and it took a great covering clearance from Robbie Burns to stop them.

It looked inevitable however, and the fourth did come after 64 minutes. It was a goal made in the Stokes’ household. After Chryston failed to clear a corner, James’s cross to the back post was met by brother Ian who finished low and hard into the bottom corner.

While Boclair looked good for the four goal lead, Chryston almost got a consolation when Moultrie’s free-kick was flicked on by the head of Luke Robertson but Grant Mackie pulled off a great save diving low down to his left to preserve the clean sheet.

Every time Chryston got a sniff of a chance it was being snuffed out by the Boclair defence, particularly by Brown who did especially well to close down Fraser MacLennan after the Chryston player had shown neat touches on the edge of the box.

With the game beginning to stretch as players tired, Boclair’s attack seemed to have the stamina to keep causing Chryston trouble. Wilson forced a defender into the corner before coming out with the ball and setting up Ian Stokes, searching for his hat-trick, whose shot was saved well by Purves.

Purves made another good save from Neilan after the Boclair player had been put through one-on-one. The rebound also fell to Neilan but he was off balance and could only watch it sail over the bar.

Chryston were struggling to get back in numbers and were being exploited by the pace of Boclair, particularly James Stokes who was full of running for the entire 90 minutes. But it was his brother who finished the game with the last kick of the ball. After being pulled down for a penalty, Ian Stokes stepped up to take it himself and claimed his hat-trick and the fifth for Boclair by sending Purves the wrong way.

An entertaining cup tie was won by the better team, with some top performances throughout the side and Boclair Academy will now look forward to a final against St John’s.

For Chryston it’s the end of their cup adventure but the players can be proud of the effort they put in and will hope their school can push forward next year.

  • Full Time:
  • Boclair Academy
  • 5-0
  • Chryston High

Lineups

Boclair Academy
Chryston High
1. Grant Mackie
2. James Stokes
3. Cameron Brisbane
4. Josh Brown
6. Louis Fisher
7. Aidan Lynch
8. Calum Wilson
9. William Flemming
10. Ian Stokes
11. Jack Stansfield
12. Ruairidh Sorbie
14. Aidan Spalding
16. Andrew Peebles
17. Yaser Razouk
1. Harry Purves
2. Aiden O'Donnell
3. Ryan Sneddon
4. Connor Johnson
5. Robbie Burns
6. Scott Neilan
7. Bradley Moultrie
8. Fraser MacLennan
9. Drew Fleming
10. Luke Cassidy
11. Louie Robertson
12. Kyle Dick
14. Jordan Tipping
15. Jordan Reid
16. Andrew McDavid
Star Player
Boclair Academy
Chryston High
A difficult decision due to the number of excellent performance but for his hat-trick it will have to be Ian Stokes - Not only did he score three but he was consistently involved in creating chances and was still so energetic after 90 minutes that he won a penalty.
Creator of most of Chryston's best opportunities, Bradley Moultrie - Looked dangerous from set plays and would surely have had at least an assist to his name if it wasn't for the Boclair defence.
Magic Moment
Boclair Academy
Chryston High
Two goals up at half time, Boclair needed to get the third to put the game beyond doubt as Chryston were showing signs of getting back in it. Made by star man Ian Stokes and scored by Calum Wilson, who despite missing shortly before was still desperate to get on the ball and make something happen, goal number three probably settled the game in Boclair's favour.
Chryston will still be wondering how Bradley Moultrie's corner didn't end up in the back of the net with Fleming, Neilan, and then Moultrie himself almost coming close. It was a goalmouth scramble that could have changed the game as it would have brought Chryston back to 2-1 but it just wasn't to be.
Club Views
Boclair Academy
Chryston High
Chris Brisbane, Deputy Head Teacher said: "Once we got settled we were absolutely excellent. Good start, good second half, but all credit to Chryston their attitude was excellent and they did their school proud as well - it was a great schools game."
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