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A late goal sinks St Mungo as Pollock Juveniles run out 2-1 winners

Pollok Juveniles 2

McTaggart 30, McPhee 88

St Mungo 1

Wynne 21,
  • Saturday, 17 February 2018
  • Nethercraigs Sports Complex
  • Under 21´s
  • West Of Scotland 21s YFL

A late Stephen Mcfee help to give Pollok Juveniles a much needed win over a very good St Mungo team. This win helps them move above St Mungo into eighth in the league while St Mungo drop down into ninth.

Josh Wynne had given St Mungo the lead with a superlative over head kick but that was cancelled out shortly after when Lewis McTaggart scored a beautiful finessed shot into the far corner.

The game started with both teams trying, but being unable, to get a foothold in the game with a couple of half chances but nothing clear cut, until Daniel Moy, of Pollok, was slipped through by a wonderfully weighted through ball and his subsequent shot was wonderfully saved from Craig McLaren.

St Mungo, on 21 minutes, took the lead and it came from some tricky footwork from Jamie Young, who he stood it up for Wynne on the edge of thye box who incredibly scored an overhead kick into the far side of the net.

It was all Pollok in the first half after that but they weren't really creating clear cut chances as the defensive structure of St Mungo was tight with little gaps.

But Pollok did equalise just nine minutes later when McTaggart controlled on the edge of the box and then finessed it into the far corner giving McLaren no chance of saving it.

Pollok were the team most likely to score again in the first half but they were again unable to create any real goal scoring opportunities from all this pressure.

Their best chance probably was when the ball fell to Ross Fulton in the box from a corner but his shot was sliced over. 

  • Half Time:
  • Pollok Juveniles
  • 1-1
  • St Mungo

St Mungo started the second half the brightest, playing some wonderful football. The ball fell to Ryan Clarke but his shot was well saved by Joseph Duffy in the Pollok goal.

Again St Mungo were able to get in behind the Pollok backline with some wonderful interchange but Ciaran McBrearty's shot was well saved from Duffy.

Pollok had their first chance of the half shortly after when Moy took the ball on the turn on the edge of the box and brings out a wonderful save from McLaren.

The next real chance in the match fell to Pollock after the ball was held up well from Moy, who slipped it through to McTaggart but his driven shot was just over the bar.

Pollok were piling on the pressure at this point and it eventually paid off in the 88th minute when Niall Sheridan slipped substitute Stephen McPhee through on goal and he was able to slide it under the on-rushing McLaren.

After what was a very evenly matched game, I do believe Pollok were just about the better team and deservedly picked up the three points.

  • Full Time:
  • Pollok Juveniles
  • 2-1
  • St Mungo

Lineups

Pollok Juveniles
St Mungo
1. Joseph Duffy
2. Niall Sheridan
3. Ross Fulton
4. Campbell Gray
5. Joseph Leach
6. Lewis McTaggart
7. Paul Chalmers
8. Oliver Leach
9. Daniel Moy
10. Mathew Doherty
11. Lewis MacDonald
14. James O'Hara
17. Steven McPhee
1. Craig McLaren
2. Aiden McDonald
3. Daryl GoodBrand
4. Mason Mullen
5. Ross Lyon
7. Jamie Young
9. Mark Filshie
10. Aiden Simms
11. Ciaran McBrearty
12. Sean Castles
14. Marc Melly
15. Josh Wynne
16. Ryan Clarke
17. Darren Murphy
18. Paul Callaghan
20. Greg Burns
Star Player
Pollok Juveniles
St Mungo
Daniel Moy The main striker, although he didn't score, he was able to hold the run, run the channels and basically do everything that is required of a striker in that system.
Jamie Young He was the only player in the St Mungo team who looked like creating chances and being able to unlock the defence with a killer pass.
Magic Moment
Pollok Juveniles
St Mungo
The winning goal Although it wasn't the best goal ever scored. It was the crucial moment in the game, to take the lead so late on and eventually turn out to be the winner there is no better feeling in football than to score a last minute winner.
The overhead kick. Probably the most difficult skill in football to prefect and Josh Wynne was able to perfect in to a tea.
Club Views
Pollok Juveniles
St Mungo
Pollok can look back on this a potential tuning point in the season they are up to 8th now and they will now look to push on in their season and possibly climb up the table and maybe finish in the top 4.
Although the defeat St Mungo can look back on this performance with a lot of positives like, for the majority of the first half they were structurally sound in defence and Pollok were unable to find any gaps between the back 4 and the midfield
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