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Glenvale the victors after battle with Gourock

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Glenvale Under 16s
Gourock Under 16s
Venue: Ferguslie
Date: 18/01/2012
Author: Paul Elliott
It was icy cold and frosty at Ferguslie as Glenvale hosted Gourock in what would be a ferocious encounter, not for the faint-hearted.

Gourock kicked the game off and were on the attack straight from the whistle. A diagonal ball over the Glenvale defence sent Gourock’s trialist, Ryan Collins, through on goal. Collins was quickly closed down by Declan Deans however, and his shot ended up safely in the arms of Liam McCotter in the Glenvale goal.

Moments later and Gourock’s Collins was involved again when he was sent tumbling on the edge of Glenvale’s box. The little Gourock winger came into the game with a heavily strapped arm and looked in some distress, but soldiered on. Collins then found himself in another one-on-one situation with the Glenvale keeper, Liam McCotter, who spread himself brilliantly to stop the nippy Collins from hitting the net.

The game was little over five minutes old when David Fisher scored the opening goal for Glenvale. The Glenvale goal machine knew very little about it when the ball rebounded of his face, in the midst of a goalmouth scramble, and bounced into the back of the net to give Glenvale a 1-0 lead.

The game quickly developed into a full blooded battle with both teams crunching into challenges without shirking an inch despite the possibility of taking a stud or two on the ankles. Ryan Collins was seeing a lot of the ball for Gourock and his quick feet and close control was causing Glenvale problems, although Glenvale’s debutant Sean Love was doing a good job of marshalling him into non-destructive positions. In the centre of the park, Glenvale were fighting for everything. The industrious Kieran O'Hara was a giant in midfield for Glenvale, winning every challenge he threw himself into. Glenvale were showing some real muscle with both teams going toe-to-toe.

Gourock showed some muscle of their own when Michael Houlihan hurled his body at a bouncing ball in the Glenvale six yard box in an attempt to scramble a goal for the visitors, but it was booted clear at the vital moment by a red Glenvale shirt. Then Kieran O’Hara shot just wide for Glenvale after he got onto the end of a Ryan Woods corner kick. Declan McCourt came really close to finding an equaliser for Gourock before the ball was bundled clear, then only a wonder save by Gourock’s Thomas Livingston could stop a second goal for Glenvale. Up the other end, and a good save from Liam McCotter kept his side in the lead as Gourock hunted an equaliser. Great competitions roared in midfield, especially between Lee Roberts and Lewis McKim, as the game grew into a ferocious contest.

In the 35th minute, Gourock’s Nick Jamieson defended a Sean Love cut-back well with David Fisher lurking behind him in the box. Then Love ran the length of the pitch to put a stop to a Declan McCourt run as he threatened to burst into the Glenvale penalty area. McCourt had an effort minutes later cleared off the line before Glenvale broke and had a 25yard rocket from Malcolm Bell expertly saved by Livingston in the Gourock goal.

In the dying embers of the first half, a magnificent piece of skill by Gourock’s Ryan Collins created an opportunity for Lee Roberts but Liam McCotter matched the effort. With both teams working hard, the referee blew for half time to end a rampant first half.
Half Time: Glenvale Under 16s 1-0 Gourock Under 16s
Glenvale kicked-off the second half with a long range shot from the half way line but it caused little problem for the Gourock keeper. It was Gourock however, who started the better in the second half and set about turning the screw as they fought hard for an equalizer. Glenvale’s defence was like a brick wall and everything Gourock threw at it bounced clear. A Kieran O’Hara break led to a goalmouth scramble in the Gourock six yard box but Livingston was brave for Gourock and smothered the ball with boots flying all around him.

It wasn’t long until the game’s first yellow card was thrust into the crisp sharp air and it was Craig Knight of Gourock who found himself as the first name in the referee’s book. It signalled the first of many as the game heated and entered a phase of relentless bookings and cautions. Amidst the flurry of yellow cards and heavy challenges, Glenvale nearly doubled their lead through Malcolm Bell but a great save kept Gourock in the game.

Then Sean Love’s brilliant determination to fashion another chance for Bell sparked a collective gasp from the crowd but the shot was easily gathered by Livingston and relieved the pressure on his goal. Livingston produced another top save shortly after, from a powerful David Fisher header, tipping the ball over the bar when it looked certain to hit the net.

Gourock then rattled the bar through a sensational long range effort, which left Liam McCotter absolutely helpless. Glenvale’s Danny Black was putting in a tireless shift from the left-back position and was clearly enjoying the tough tackles. He’s a player who likes to give as good as he gets and never stops running. Collins and Woods both ended up booked after an angry confrontation on the right touchline as the game threatened to shift from a battle to a war.

Thomas Livingston was having an impressive performance in the Gourock goal and set about keeping his side in the game when he saved from the dangerous David Fisher. Moments later, Livingston came off worse in a 50/50 collision with Malcolm Bell as the Glenvale striker came bearing down on goal. Livingston then dusted himself down in time to punch clear a dangerous in-swinging corner kick.

Livingston was left badly exposed when David Fisher bagged his, and Glenvale’s, second goal. Fisher found himself twelve yards from goal as the ball landed at his feet; Livingston rushed forward to attempt a block but Fisher lifted the ball over him into the back of the net to make it 2-0. The roar from the Glenvale support showed just how much the side had to work for it.

Glenvale were looking comfortable after the second goal and Fisher should have made it three, but he sliced his left-foot shot wide from the edge of the box. They were defending well and playing some decent stuff as the clock ticked down.

Gourock’s Kris Wrath had a 35 yard effort plucked out of the air by Liam McCotter before an own goal by Kiaran O’Hara made the score 2-1. Gourock’s Nick Jamieson sent an inch perfect pass into the box and a snap shot was saved by McCotter before it rebounded off O’Hara and into the Glenvale net.

The referee blew for full time and signalled a good victory for Glenvale. Gourock made them work for it in what was an entertaining game, in which both sides gave it everything they had.
Full Time: Glenvale Under 16s 2-1 Gourock u16s
Glenvale Under 16s
Gourock Under 16s
1. Liam McCotter
2. Sean Love
3. Declan Deans
7. David Fisher
9. Kieran O'Hara
11. Malcolm Bell
14. Ryan Woods
15. Ryan Woods
16. Danny Black
17. Lewis McKim
18. Bradley Jones
5. Jake Crawford
6. Graham Haughie
12. Darren Marshall
1. Sean O’Conner
2. George Donaldson
3.Kris Wrath
4. Tom McKitrick
5. Michael Fisher
6. Michael Houlihan
7. Craig Knight
8. Lee Roberts
9. Drew Marquart
10. Jack McCarty
11. Daniel Kearns
12. Nick Jamieson
16. Dominic Eaton
17. Declan McCourt
13. Thomas Livingston
14. Ryan Collins

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Paul Elliott

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