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Ruthless first half helps Arniston Rangers to Pilmar Smith Cup

Lochend YFC 0

Arniston Rangers 2

Donaldson 10', Cateroll 16'
  • Sunday, 26 March 2017
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Pilmar Smith Cup
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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A ruthless first half performance from Arniston set them on their way to victory in the Pilmar Smith Cup final on Sunday. Goals from Euan Donaldson and Cameron Catteroll proved to be the difference in a tight, scrappy game where neither side wanted to give the other an inch.

The match started off at a frantic pace, with both sides pressing high and forcing the other side into mistakes early on. The closest any side came to an opening was in the seventh minute when Jack Dewer hit a low strike which skidded across the ground and had Sam Capes’ in Lochend’s goal scrambling, but ultimately drifted wide of the post.

The first shot on target in the game resulted in the first goal, and it came for Arniston in the tenth minute. A long thrown in found Euan Donaldson on the chest, it looked difficult to create something from the scenario, but not for him. He took the ball down, swivelled and hit a shot low into the far corner. In such a tight game, it required a piece of individual brilliance to break the deadlock.

The goal seemed to open up the game to some extent, and Arniston nearly pulled themselves level four minutes after the opening goal. Jacob Riley for Lochend manged to flick the ball over the head of an opposing defender, followed by the goalkeeper, and would have leveled the scores if it wasn’t for Dylan Akkur being on the line to clear. A goal that would have matched the brilliance of the opening one if it wasn’t for some alert defending.

Such was the nature of this now free-flowing game that Arniston managed to double their advantage moments after Lochend nearly drew level. Once again, a throw-in proved to be Rangers undoing as Cameron Cateroll was found making a run into the box. After venturing into the area, the finish was never a problem as he rolled the ball underneath the advancing goalkeeper to put his side two goals to the good with fifteen minutes played.

Arniston came close to putting the final to bed just before half time when Denim Power headed the ball down into the path of Donaldson, but his first time strike was wide of the target and leaving the gap to just two goals.

  • Half Time:
  • Lochend YFC
  • 0-2
  • Arniston Rangers

Arniston didn’t seem in any mood to take their foot off the gas after the interval, going close in the 37th minute through Cameron Miller’s first time drive, which Capes managed to parry away, as well as Power’s rebound.

Power then tried his luck from further range on 40 minutes, but unlike his name, it lacked enough power to test the goalkeeper and he held on with ease.

In the 48th minute Lochend had their first opening of the second half when Scott Kelly was fed with a through ball through the middle of the park. He continued to drive into the edge of the box, and despite having wide options, chose to go it alone and saw his effort skid narrowly wide of the Arniston goal.

Kelly then had a chance to score with over twenty minutes remaining when a long goal-kick landed at his feet, his good lobbed effort just sailing over the bar, an opportunity which was always going to be difficult.

Moments later Arniston nearly added a third via Donaldson after a clearance fell to him on the edge of the box, he hit a lovely low drive which swerved narrowly wide of the post, just inches away from wrapping up the game.

Lochend finished the match desperate to get a goal back, but ultimately they failed to break down a solid Arniston side who held on for a deserved win, and left New Dundas Park with the Pilmar Smith Cup in hand.

  • Full Time:
  • Lochend YFC
  • 0-2
  • Arniston Rangers

Lineups

Lochend YFC
Arniston Rangers
1. Sam Capes
2. Marc Pacitti
3. Aidan Baigan
4. Jack Sclater
5. Ben McNaughton
6. Kyle Stoddart
7. Scott Kelly
8. Craig Brydon
9. Jacob Riley
10. Callum Fielding
11. John Dickson
12. Callum Abbot
15. Matthieu Martin
16. Kyle Smith
17. Scott Smith
1. Kai Dobbie
2. Kieran Cockburn
3. Andrew Henderson
4. Kye Brown
5. Aidan Winnik
6. Andrew Brannan
7. Cameron Miller
8. Euan Donaldson
9. Denim Power
10. Cameron Catterall
11. Dylan Akkur
12. David Bills
14. Patrick Ruthven
16. Jack Jameson
17. Mark Ramsay
18. Jack Dewar
Star Player
Lochend YFC
Arniston Rangers
Scott Kelly looked like Lochend's biggest threat on the day and came close to scoring.
Euan Donaldson was a commanding figure in midfield, opening the scoring with a great strike and nearly adding another in the second half.
Magic Moment
Lochend YFC
Arniston Rangers
Scott Kelly's long range lob was a very difficult opportunity,but it nearly paid off.
Arniston's opening goal from Euan Donaldosn was the piece of creative genius needed to open up a tight affair.
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