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Woodside survive fightback to seal victory

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Woodside Under 19's
Aberdour Under 19's 
Competition: AFYFC Division 1
Venue: Randolf Park
Date: 26/02/2012
Author: Graham Swann
Woodside survivedWoodside V Aberdour a second half comeback from Aberdour to collect three points in this entertaining AFYFC Division 1 match.
On what was a chilly afternoon in Kirkcaldy it was the home side who were thankful to hear the full time whistle after a second half in which the visitors controlled.
It didn’t take long for the first goal of the game to arrive. Four minutes were on the clock when Woodside’s Jamie Mann burst down the right side. He had enough space to swing in a ball across the penalty box and Kieron Wood had no problem putting the ball into the net at the back post.
If that was a bad start for Aberdour it was to get worse four minutes later. It was far too easy for Woodside and Mann again was the creator. He fed the ball over the top of the visitor’s defence and Ryan Kelly kept his composure to despatch the ball beyond Paterson in the Aberdour goal.
The home side were looking comfortable and had no problem dealing with whatever Aberdour tried to throw at them. The visitors were giving the ball away very cheaply too often which was their main downfall of the first half.
On 39 minutes it was 3-0 and what a good goal it was. Aberdour won a throw in deep in the Woodside half. However they lost possession and the pacy Mann took full advantage. He burst forward all the way to the Aberdour box and kept calm by playing a neat one-two before firing into the far right corner.
Half Time: Woodside Under 19's 3-0 Aberdour Under 19's
Woodside V Aberdour
The fact Woodside were completely in control made it hard to believe how different a second half it turned out to be.
Slowly but surely the visitors were coming back into the game and were keeping the ball much better. They had a superb chance to grab one back on 63 minutes. Stuart Blake crossed the ball from the right side right onto the head of Mark James who headed straight at Connor Christie in goal who punched the ball over the top.
It was encouraging for Aberdour who in contrast to Woodside were piling on more pressure. The goal Aberdour’s second half play deserved arrived on 78 minutes. A corner delivered from the right was not defended and Craig Mitchell had an easy finish from a few yards out.
On 82 minutes a game that looked over was suddenly back on when Aberdour struck for a second time. Callum Bringhurst found space on the edge of the box, moved away from his nearest challenger and fired a right foot shot into the bottom corner.
Woodside were now looking to see the game out but were almost punished with the last action of the game. Aberdour won a free kick on the left side which was delivered by Bringhurst. James rose highest but agonisingly for him saw his header cleared off the line much to Woodside’s relief.
It’s hard to avoid clichés but this really was a game of two halves. Woodside will be delighted to win against the side currently second in the league and at the same time put a dent in Aberdour’s title hopes. For Aberdour it was a good second half display but they will be disappointed that they did not play well in the first half which ultimately cost them at least a point. Nevertheless these two sides provided a decent advert for the AFYFC Division 1.
Full Time: Woodside Under 19's 3-2 Aberdour Under 19's
Woodside Under 19's
Aberdour Under 19's
1. Connor Christie
2. Callum Kinnes
3. Kevin Johnston
4. Connor McManus
5. Michael Antoniewicz
6. Chris Price
7. Lyall Robertson
8. Jamie Mann
9. Kieron Balfour
10. Gregor Colquhoun
11. Kieron Wood
14. Liam Craig
15. Thomas Hush
16. Ryan Kelly
1. Stuart Paterson
2. Adam Kerr
3. Callum Bringhurst
4. Dean Anderson
5. Stuart Young
6. Jon Davidson
7. Lewis Hamill
8. Mark James
9. Craig Mitchell
10. Shaun Johnstone
11.Stephen Stewert
12. Conor Hay
15. Aaron Lindsay
19. Stuart Blake
21. Grant Lockley
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Graham Swann

Graham Swann | YFS East Region Journalist

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