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St. Cadoc's clinical to pip Syngenta to Scottish Cup honours

St. Cadoc's YC United 4

Boubekri 1, 83, R. McDonald 46, 60

Syngenta Juveniles 2

McQuillan 53, McCafferty 56
  • Saturday, 19 May 2018
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 19´s
  • inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup - Final

Andrew Petrie | YFS South East Region Journalist

The playmaking and goalscoring threat that St. Cadoc's provided was too much for Syngenta in this Scottish Youth FA Cup Final, and they ultimately overpowered them, despite a spirited second half comeback. Kieran Boubekri and Ross McDonald both got doubles, cancelling out goals from Declan McQuillan and Robbie McCafferty at the other end.
 
There was a goal after only 40 seconds at the Excelsior Stadium, and it went the way of St. Cadoc's. Grant Forrester tried to head back to his keeper, but instead knocked it past him. Mark Gordon scrambled back and clawed it off the line, but Kieran Boubekri was quickest to it and slammed into the net to make it 1-0 early on. 
 
The first chance for Syngenta was a speculative effort. A corner was floated in by Robbie McCafferty, headed down and Flynn Gray attempted the bicycle kick, but it went just wide. 
 
Boubekri was proving to be a constant menace to the Syngenta back-line, but it was the Grangemouth side who went close next. McCafferty’s free-kick on the edge of the area fooled the keeper, but smacked the face of the crossbar and the ball was cleared.
 
The number of chances started to dwindle, with both sides struggling to get a real foothold, both occasionally getting into good positions but never managing a final product. McCafferty was proving the most dangerous man for Kevin McGuire’s side, bombing down the right-hand side and breezing past his man regularly.
 
Boubekri could have made it 2-0 just before the half time whistle. Michael Blues direct run caused a 3-on-2, and he played Boubekri in. St Cadoc’s top goalscorer bared down on goal, but he chipped it straight into the keeper’s chest.
  • Half Time:
  • St. Cadoc's YC United
  • 1-0
  • Syngenta Juveniles
St. Cadoc’s got another fantastic early goal, but this time it was all about the assist. A brilliant bit of footwork from Michael Blues saw him go past two, before he cut it back to Ross McDonald who had a simple job to tap past the keeper. 2-0 a minute into the second half, and you would be forgiven for thinking Syngenta would be down and out.
 
That proved to be far from the truth. The Juveniles pulled one back soon later, when the ball broke on the edge of the box, and Declan McQuillan won the 50/50. It bounced kindly for the midfielder, and he managed to swing a left-footed half-volley from the edge of the box that nestled into the bottom corner.
 
It was McCafferty who managed to pull it back to 2-2 just minutes later. A long ball forward bounced behind the defence, and the winger showed a clean pair of heels to the full-back, taking it close to the keeper and slotting it between his legs. 2-2 after 56 minutes, an incredible comeback. 
 
But it wasn't to be as St. Cadoc’s hit straight back, and it was the deadly duo of McDonald and Blues again. The game was opening up for both sides, and Blues once more powered through the middle of the park. He timed the pass perfectly playing McDonald through on goal, and the attacker took his chance well, sliding it left-footed past the keeper, making it 3-2 to St. Cadoc’s on the hour mark
 
Boubekri took a while to get into the second half, but he stung the palms of the keeper after 70 minutes. Receiving the ball 40 yards out, he rounded two players before releasing a powerful shot outside the box, but Mark Gordon was equal to it.
 
Blues almost got on the scoresheet himself. Boubekri turned provider, curling a pass round the defence with the outside of his foot. Blues was clear through, but dragged his right footed shot just wide.
 
Kieran Boubekri killed the game off after 83 minutes. Aidan Donaghty played a through-ball, although it didn’t look like Boubekri would get to it. Somehow though, the striker got his toe on it and surprised the keeper, poking it through Dickson's legs and making the scoreline 4-2.
 
Ross McDonald looked to get his hat-trick after being played through by Boubekri, but the number 11 couldn’t curve his right-footed shot into the top corner. Donaghty then had a chance to get his name on the scoresheet after another good through ball from Boubekri, but he hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper.
 
  • Full Time:
  • St. Cadoc's YC United
  • 4-2
  • Syngenta Juveniles

Lineups

St. Cadoc's YC United
Syngenta Juveniles
1. Kalvin Graham
3. Harvinder Singh
2. Blair Murray
4. Luke McBeth
6. John Masterson
8. Callum MacDonald
9. Steven Robertson
10. Aidan Donaghy
11. Ross McDonald
19. Michael Blues
21. Kieran Boubekri
5. Ewan Lewis
7. Salah Hamad
16. Matty Coyle
12. Charles McFadden
14. Jack McQuade
1. Mark Gordon
14. Hayden McLean
15. Jay Buist
17. Grant Forrester
5. Aaron McMillan
15. Josh Brown
8. Alex Thomson
6. Robbie McCafferty
7. Declan McQuillan
13. Callan Stone
22. Flynn Gray
11. Kyle McGuire
23. Allan Dickson
3. Mitchell Speirs
10. Jack Zarebski
12. Lee Allen
Star Player
St. Cadoc's YC United
Syngenta Juveniles
Kieran Boubekri: This could have been a few players, but Boubekri's playmaking as well as his eye for goal won him the award. Scored two and set up numerous other chances. Michael Blues had a terrific game on the wing, and Ross McDonald led well from the front.
Robbie McCafferty: The diminutive winger was unchallenged as Syngenta's best player. Did his best to get them back into the game when he scored, a chance very well taken. Was a constant threat bombing down the right hand side.
Magic Moment
St. Cadoc's YC United
Syngenta Juveniles
Boubekri's Fortnite celebration after his second, which effectively put the trophy in St. Cadoc's hands. Only similar Antoine Griezmann in dance moves, I'm afraid.
Anytime Robbie McCafferty rounded his man, which was often. If he can add consistent crossing to his game he can go far. Looked confident and had an array of tricks which saw him beat the defender.
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