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DUSC overcome tough Cardonald test to reach final

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Dundee United SC Under 14s
Cardonald Thistle Under 14s
Competition: SYFA Challenge Cup Semi-Final
Venue: Dundee North End
Date: 11/03/2012
Author: Charlie Stanton
Dundee United SC vs Cardonald Thistle - Under 14sDundee United SC U14’s progressed to the final of the SYFA Challenge Cup after a hard fought 1-0 victory over a stubborn Cardonald Thistle team. Dundee had beaten Fauldhouse Foxes 4-0 in the quarter final and Cardonald earned a credible 3-2 away win over KSC Town. Based on these results you can forgive one for expecting a high scoring game; however it was the two defences that were on top in this game. Both midfields fought hard but it was by the narrowest of margins that Dundee scraped victory.

Cardonald had the better of the of the early exchanges however it was Dundee who created the first opportunity of the match after 5 minutes when Kieron Gardiner free kick was spilt by Reiss Dunn in the Cardonald goal; Dunn reacted well and managed to scramble on top of the ball before the onrushing Dundee strikers.  Cardonald had the better of the next 15 minutes with Richard Dunn causing problems on the right and Scott Paterson on the left. Thistle’s number 6 Kiaran Maule performance was of particular notice continually winning tackles, headers and recycling the ball to the wings in order to exploit the space behind the Dundee full backs, a dogged Scott Parker like performance.

Cardonald pressure nearly showed in the 10th minute when a cross from Alexander McGrath cross from the right led to a goal mouth scramble with the Dundee defenders eventually clearing the ball. Dundee’s solid defence was in no doubt down to the leadership skills of their captain Callum Wells. Cardonald’s determination lead to 2 yellow cards for Rhys Walker and Scott Paterson as both teams began to scrap in the middle of midfield instead of playing the football in which they had both been playing in the first 20 minutes.

Two of the smaller players on the pitch seemed to posses the biggest array of skills and confidence when they had the ball at their feet. Derryn Kesson was a big threat for Dundee and Mitchell Barclay for Cardonald who consistently took opponents on and caused several problems for the Dundee defence. One of the supporters dubbed Barclay “wee Messi” in that the ball seemed glued to his feet when weaving in between defenders.

Both teams had good chances towards the end of the half with Alex Gibb’s cross for Dundee being cleared off the line after a deflection. Cardonald’s chance was from McGrath when his shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Dundee’s goalkeeper Darren Clarkson.

Half Time: Dundee United SC Under 14s 0-0 Cardonald Thistle Under 14s
Dundee United SC vs Cardonald Thistle - Under 14s

Cardonald had a good chance to take the lead in the 40th minute when Barclay switched the play to Paterson whose cross forced Clarkson into a good save. However, it was just a minute later when Dundee made Cardonald pay for not capitalising on their sustained pressure. A free-kick was floated into the area to which the defender knocked the ball down in Calum King’s path who duly dispatched the opportunity into the bottom corner with his left foot. Dundee United 1 – 0 Cardonald Thistle.

The goal certainly lifted Dundee’s confidence with the team playing the ball along the floor and maintaining good spells of possession. Injury to Dundee’s striker Alex Gibb made Dundee change formation to play 5 in midfield. This formation change made Dundee’s team more compact and harder to break down.

Cardonald found it extremely hard to fashion a clear cut chance with Dundee’s renewed spirit and formation and with Cardonald’s attacking exploits they switched off at the back and nearly conceded a second goal with 3 minutes left in the match. Cameron McMahon’s free-kick bounced in front of Cardonald’s keeper and went through his legs and agonizingly past the post. Walls embodied Dundee’s effort when he put his body on line in order to stop a cross from Paterson, a captain leading by example.

The ref blew the whistle for full-time; United securing their place in the final after a hard fought victory.

Full Time: Dundee United SC Under 14s 1-0 Cardonald Thistle Under 14s
Dundee United SC Under 14s
Cardonald Thistle Under 14s
1.Darren Clarkson
2.Callum Edgcumbe
14. Derryn Kesson
4.Callum Walls
15. Jack Hogarth
6.Kieron Gardiner
16. Jordan Hornby
8.Cameron McMahon
9.Alex Gibb
10.Lewis Fyfe
11.Ryan Smith
12. Calum King
3. Brandon Hawes
5. Dominic Duffy
7.Ross Geoghegan
1. Reiss Dunn
2.Rhys Walker
3.Zak McFadden
4.Luke Robertson
5.Josh Opray
6.Kiaran Maule
7.Richard Dunn
8.Alexander McGrath
9.Callum Hunter
10.Mitchell Barclay
11.Scott Paterson
12.Ress Robertson
14.Dillon McIver
15.Sam Colville
16.Ryan Culbert
17. Euan Robertson
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Charlie Stanton

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