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Gleniffer Thistle BC Under 19s
Port Glasgow BC Under 19s 
PJ&D League Division One
Date: 24/03/2012
Author: Martin Milligan

This Division One crunch tie saw an unbeaten Gleniffer Thistle come out on top against a well drilled Port Glasgow side, in an absolute powder-keg of a game, that was riddled with injuries throughout.
Thistle started the game brightly, but with some key players missing from action, it wasn't long before Port Glasgow stamped their authority on the game, and on five minutes the visitors' Glen McDonald darted in from the left flank and fired a decent shot towards the Gleniffer goal, but his effort was only to fly by the post of Jags keeper William Yates.
For the first twenty minutes or so, Port continued to create some gilt-edged chances and came close when Liam McColgan threaded a good pass through to the incoming Darren Patton, who then agonisingly hit wide of the post.
At this stage of the game, it was inconceivable that the Port weren't one or two goals to the good, but a resilient Thistle side weathered the storm and started to get into the game.
On twenty seven minutes, Gleniffer won a free kick twenty five yards out just left of the park. Conor McFadden stood up to take the set-piece and with the wind blowing against him, he thundered a driving shot over the Port wall and beyond keeper Robbie Graham to make it one-nil to the home side.
Halfway through the first half, Thistle stopper William Yates gave his side a scare when he went down awkwardly for the ball and injured his back in the process. Although the stricken lad looked in pain and needed some attention from the physio', the gutsy goalie carried on regardless.
With thirty minutes on the clock, Thistle had the wind in their sails and when Scott Crawford had his shot saved by Robbie Graham in the Port goal, in stepped Conor McFadden to tuck away the rebound and double his days goal tally and give his side a two goal cushion.
As the first half went on, the game seemed to ebb and flow, but it was Port Glasgow who looked more likely to score, and if it wasn't for some sterling defensive work by Mark Purdon & Co, Port could have went in at half time without a two goal deficit to chase.

Half Time: Gleniffer Thistle Under 19s 2-0 Port Glasgow Under 19s
Port Glasgow started the second period just as they did in the first, by laying seige to the Thistle goal and created chance upon chance, but as hard as they tried, they just could not find the back of the net.
On sixty minutes however, Thistle stopper William Yates' back injury proved too much to bear and he had to be replaced by Marc McGrath.
With Port Glasgow striking the upright on more than one occasion, Thistle had their backs to the wall for long periods of the game, but the home side rallied round and kept their shape to keep the strong Port attacking force at bay.
The Jags diminished any hopes the away side had, when from a corner, the ball found the head of Jordan (Sid) Devine, who comfortably put it past the unlucky Robbie Graham, and completed the day's scoring.
On a day where the referee had his work cut out, David Cameron had a tight grip on the game and both sides had three yellow cards a piece.
After the match, a jubilant Thistle head coach Wullie Logue exclaimed, "It was a great game. Both sides were top quality and passed the ball very well, and in fairness to Port Glasgow, they really should have been on the scoresheet."
A deflated Port Glasgow manager, Paul Hepburn said, "I thought my team were extremely unlucky today. We had the majority of possession, but we didn't put our chances away and we payed the price for that."

Full Time: Gleniffer Thistle Under 19s 3-0 Port Glasgow BC Under 19s

Gleniffer Thistle BC Under 19s
Port Glasgow BC Under 19s
1.William Yates
2.Scott Crawford
3.Mark McGrath
4.Jamie Henderson
5.Mark Purdon
8.Scott Bramma
9.Kris Bryson
10.Conor McFadden
11.Matthew McStay
14.Jordan Devine
16.Danny Johnstone (C)
7.Stuart McKenzie
3.Darren Boyle
14.David Morrow
15.Gary Crawley
1.Robbie Graham
2.Scott Coyle (C)
3.Robert Payne
4.Daniel Bamford
5.Stephen McAfee
6.Ross McKay
7.Paul Johnstone
8.Liam McColgan
9.Darren Patton
10.Ross Boyland
11.Glen McDonald
12.Jamie Curran
14.Thomas Clarkson
15.Jamie McPherson
16.Ryan Stewart
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