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Bou books Kennoway's fourth round place

Dundee West FC 0

Kennoway United 1

Bou 31'
  • Sunday, 29 October 2017
  • Charlotte Street
  • Under 15´s
  • Scottish Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Rudy Bou’s goal booked Kennoway United’s spot in Round Four of the Scottish Cup as they beat Dundee West. The striker grabbed the decisive goal late in the first half, and his side managed to hold on to make it to the next round.
 
The match, like many up and down Scotland, was preceded by a minute’s silence in the memory of Kennoway 2006’s Owen Nisbet, whose life was tragically cut short during the week. The minute’s silence was well observed by both sets of players, coaches and parents.

Injuries and suspensions meant both sides were down to the bare bones, with the Dundee West team line only featuring 12 names, while Kennoway had just 13 players available. The hosts weren’t helped when midfielder Jude McIntosh was lost to injury inside the opening five minutes.

Both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game early on, with play being stopped regularly for niggling fouls from both sets of players. Dundee West got their first sight of goal after 17 minutes when Callum Rae looped a cross over the Kennoway defence into Cavan McLaren, but he could only send his shot straight at Craig Doctor.

Kennoway should have opened the scoring just after the half hour mark when Rudy Bou was sent in behind the Dundee West defence, but he sliced his effort horribly wide with only David Boylan to beat.

Bou would make amends for passing up this opportunity less than a minute later, as he opened the scoring from close range. Dylan Walker’s shot was saved by Boylan, but the ball eventually broke across the face of goal, where Bou was waiting to finish past the defender on the line from a matter of yards out.

Boylan denied Bou a second on the stroke of half time, when he smothered the striker’s effort from a tight angle.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee West FC
  • 0-1
  • Kennoway United
The Kennoway defence had done well to marshal the Dundee West attack, but nearly gifted the hosts an equaliser after 54 minutes. A slack pass set up Luke Miller 25 yards from goal, but his first-time attempt was wild, and sailed over the bar, much to the frustration of his teammates.

McLaren was equally as wasteful with two chances that quickly followed Miller’s. The winger first lashed a shot over from 20 yards, and then saw an effort from 25 yards go the same way.

It looked to be third time lucky for McLaren when he let fly with a free kick from 25 yards just after the hour mark, but Doctor managed to get down low and push the ball round the post.

His opposite number Boylan kept out a powerful strike from Liam Hogg before Kennoway passed up a golden chance to guarantee the win. Ian McMannus was sent behind the Dundee West defence, and despite having the chance to set up Walker for a tap in, tried and failed to beat Boylan at the near post.

On another day, that error in judgement may have been punished, but Dundee West couldn’t muster another clear-cut chance in the final nine minutes, and Kennoway made their way into Round Four.

Despite both side’s valiant effort to play flowing football, this match was very much a battle. In the end Kennoway managed to control the game for large spells and managed the tie well. They go into the next round knowing that they will give whoever they are paired with a good game.

As for Dundee West, if they had a full squad at their disposal, then they may well have managed to get the win, but it wasn’t to be and for the second season in a row, they are knocked out by Kennoway United. Despite that, they showed good spirit and managed to stay in the tie until the very end. This fighting quality should stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee West FC
  • 0-1
  • Kennoway United

Lineups

Dundee West FC
Kennoway United
1. David Boylan
2. Callum Rae
3. Lee Clark
4. Jude McIntosh
5. Cavan McLaren
7. Ryley Duncan
8. Logan Smith
9. Luke Miller
11. Lewis Hutton
15. Aiden Hutton
16. Ryan Laird
18. Morgan Harrow
1. Craig Doctor
3. Robbie Millar
4. Ian McMannus
5. Jamie Donaldson
7. Liam Hogg
8. Rudy Bou
11. Scott McAuley
12. Dylan Walker
14. Charlie Hamilton
15. Jamie McLelland
16. Michael Collins
18. Ryan Ndogaj
20. Shaun Cunningham
Star Player
Dundee West FC
Kennoway United
Ryley Duncan – Stood up well against a towering Kennoway midfield and always looked likely to make something happen. Lots of neat touches and clever turns that made him a real handful for his opposite numbers to deal with.
Craig Doctor – There were lots of good Kennoway performances, but Doctor came up with the important saves when Dundee West were looking most dangerous.
Magic Moment
Dundee West FC
Kennoway United
McLaren’s First Half Chance – A good cross from Rae to take the defenders out of the game and clever movement from McLaren to latch onto it. Unfortunate that it didn’t result in the opening goal.
Bou’s Goal – The striker was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring and send his side into the next round.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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