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Juniors shine in Ayr to bag trophy

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Bellfield BC Under 16s
 vs
Cumnock Juniors Under 16s
 
 
 
Competition: Wallace Gemmell Trophy Final
Venue: Dam Park, Ayr
Date:  09/04/11
 
 
 
Author: Robert McCracken
 
 
 
 
 
The final of the Wallace Gemmell Trophy was held on Saturday in the glorious Ayrshire sunshine at Dam Park Stadium in Ayr. Bellfield BC 16s and Cumnock Juniors 16s were the finalists and it was Cumnock Juniors, on top from the first whistle, who got their hands on the silverware.
 
The game got off to a slow start, with both sides trying and failing to hold possession. The slow spell didn’t last long however. With ten minutes on the clock Ryan Currie received the ball on the edge of the Bellfield area, he turned and got his shot away, the ball rolled beyond the ‘keeper to put Cumnock ahead. 
 
Bellfield then tried hard to play football but Cumnock were resolute. On the few occasions the ball got beyond midfield the centre half pairing of Robbie Allan and Scott Fleming dealt well with the trouble. 
 
Clearly frustrated, Bellfield resorted to playing speculative shots. Ryan Campbell seeing his twenty yard shot easily saved. Then, what was so close to being a moment of magic, Sean Mearns, the Bellfield number seven, curled and exquisite shot from thirty-five yards. The ball looked bound for the top corner but Ryan Dunsmuir scrambled over to make a save of equal quality to the shot. 
 
The game was now end to end with both teams playing on the break but failing to make any significant chances. 
 
Just before the half hour Cumnock went two up. A wonderful pass by Dennis Byrne released Dillan Wells behind the Bellfield defence, he stayed composed and slotted home. 
 
With half-time approaching Bellfield were keen to claw one back, Sam McCloskey testing Ryan Dunsmuir in the Cumnock goal with a free-kick from thirty-five yards and Sean Mearns hitting the bar. 
 
Half Time: Bellfield BC Under 16s 0-2 Cumnock Juniors Under 16s
 
Bellfield were sent out early for the second half and they started the second period similarly to the first. Both sides looked shaky and failed to get a firm foothold on the play. 
 
Just over ten minutes into the half Cumnock extended their lead. A free kick from Ryan Currie appeared to be going straight into the ‘keepers arms. Captain Robbie Allan had different ideas and he was on hand to divert the ball into the net. 
 
An opportunist goal from the centre half who deserved it after an outstanding performance at centre half. Allan had been a rock at the back and capped his performance with this goal. 
 
Bellfield then changed their goalkeeper, bringing on Daniel Forran for Scott Purdie. 
 
Despite throwing everything they had at Cumnock, Bellfield still couldn’t break down the defence. And with ten minutes to play they were caught on the break again. Cumnock launched an excellent counter and Dennis Byrne passed it into the net from twelve yards.
 
With a minute to play it was almost a wonderful brace for captain Robbie Allan. His free kick from forty yards stinging the palms of the substitute goalkeeper, unlucky not to go in. 
 
Cumnock never looked in doubt and were deserving winners of the Wallace Gemmell Trophy.
 
Full Time: Bellfield BC Under 16s 0-4 Cumnock Juniors Under 16s
Bellfield BC Under 16s
Cumnock Juniors Under 16s
 
 
1. Scott Purdie
3. Ryan Golightly
4. Jonathon Quinn
6. Euan Blair
7.  Sean Mearns     
9. Steven Hill
10.  Ryan Campbell
11.  Sam McCloskey
12. Scott Baird
14. Lewis Menzies
15. Liam Julyan
Substitutes:
00. Daniel Forran
16.  Lewis Noble
17.  Mark McClardy
 
1. Ryan Dunsmuir
2. Greg Breckenridge
3. Robbie Allan (C)
5. Scott Fleming
6. Dennis Byrne
7. Connor Lavan
8. Callum Muncie
10. Jay Keegans
12. Dillan Wells
15. Brian Candlish
17. Ryan Currie
Substitutes:
10.  Graham Jamieson
14. Jimmy Rodgers
 
 
 
YFS Man of the Match: Sean Mearns
YFS Man of the Match: Robbie Allan
 
 
Referee: Keith Beggs
 
 
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Robert McCracken

Robert McCracken | YFS South West Region Journalist
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