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Brunswick battle to cup success

Brunswick 2

McMahon 9', Black 54'

Steins Thistle 1

Slaven 19'
  • Friday, 20 May 2016
  • Broadwood Stadium
  • Under 19´s
  • Kevin McCutcheon Cup

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

Early goals in either half from Jay McMahon and Mark Black saw Brunswick overcome Steins Thistle in an incredibly tight and physical Kevin McCutcheon Cup final at Clyde FC's Broadwood Stadium.
A wonderful low strike from Steins Thomas Slaven had squared the game in a contest that could have quite easily gone their way.
Brunswick began the game the brighter side and took a deserved lead after nine minutes when McMahon looped a fantastic Callan Strain cross over the head of the stranded Alan Cramb in the Steins goal.
The early set-back seemed to spark Steins into life and they almost equalised immediately, when a headed clearance fell to Ryan Laidlaw on the edge of the box. But his volleyed effort went marginally over the bar, much to the disappointment of the majority of Stein fans at Broadwood who thought it had found the target.
Those supporters did not have to wait long to celebrate though, as again Brunswick failed to fully clear their lines with Slaven on hand to drill home a low shot from the edge of the box through a sea of bodies and into the net.
Clear-cut chances were at a premium for the rest of the first half as neither team were able to assert control of an incredibly competitive match, although McMahon almost scored with an exquisite chip from a tight angle, but his effort bounced off the bar and back into play.
At the other end, the lively Darren Bowie forced Brunswick keeper Callum Reid into a fantastic save after skipping past two players and firing an effort goal wards from the edge of the box. Reid was equal to it, however, and got down low to his left to divert the ball behind for a corner in what proved to be the last meaningful action of the first half.
  • Half Time:
  • Brunswick
  • 1-1
  • Steins Thistle
The second half began just as the first, with Brunswick flying out the traps and getting their rewards early on. A corner from the right fell kindly to Black at the back post and he poked home the ball from six yards to re-establish Brunswick’s lead.
Steins huffed and puffed and, despite enjoying long spells of possession in the oppositions half, they failed to create any guilt-edge chances.
In fact, the closest they came was a Ryan O’Connor effort from the corner of the box that flew narrowly over.
As they committed more and more men forward in search of an elusive equaliser, Brunswick looked dangerous on the counter, and it was them that came closest to getting the fourth goal of the game. McMahon cut in from the right, danced past the defence, but could not produce the finish his run deserved as he fired straight at substitute goalkeeper Calum Gray from close range.
It did not prove to be costly though as, for all Steins pressure, they could not find the goal that would take the game to extra time as Brunswick were crowned Kevin McCutcheon Cup Champions.
  • Full Time:
  • Brunswick
  • 2-1
  • Steins Thistle


Steins Thistle
1. Callum Reid
2. Anthony Boyle
3. Callan Strain
4. Mark Black
5. Craig Bird
6. Charlie McIntyre
7. Jordan Boyle
8. Jay McMahon
9. David Churchill
10. Jordan Paterson
11. Ben McColm
12. Darren Tennant
14. Murray Gillespie
15. Sean Megarrell
16. Ronan Montgomery
17. Robbie Nimo
1. Calum Gray
2. Bilal Imran
3. Thomas Slaven
4. Conor Dickson
5. Josh O'Connor
6. Kyle Allison
7. Hunter Miller
8. Darren Bowie
9. Ross Weir
10. Ryan O'Connor
11. Martin Desta
12. Dylan Russell
14. Ryan Laidlaw
15. Declan Valentine
16. Jason Walker
21. Alan Cramb
Star Player
Steins Thistle
Jay McMahon scored a great header and was unlucky not to score more. Was a constant threat all game.
Darren Bowie put in a captains performance; always willing to run in behind the Brunswick defence and was involved in all of Steins attacking play.
Magic Moment
Steins Thistle
It was not the prettiest of goals but Mark Black's goal was absolutely priceless.
Thomas Slaven's equaliser was a wonderful strike from the edge of the box.
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