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Stewarton Annick Under 15s


St Cadocs Under 15s

Competition: Paisley Johnstone & District YFL - Division 2
Venue: Loudoun Super 7s
Date: 16/05/2012
Author: Ryan Rowe

Stewarton Annick 97s v St Cadocs 97sSt Cadocs travelled south to Ayrshire to take on Stewarton Annick tonight. Saints were still in with a shot - however slim - of winning the league title and were desperate for victory. Stewarton's season was by no means over either as they looked to cement their position in the top half of the table and bed in some new players for next season. All set for a thrilling game despite the very mild weather.
Annick had the first chance amongst the frantic opening exchanges, as Lee Nightingale was played in one-on-one with Saints keeper Dylan Baillie but his shot was blocked and subsequently cleared. Stewarton kept up the early pressure as Connor Fraser rose highest to meet a corner. He headed down powerfully but his effort was cleared off the line - accidentally, by his team-mate. The next fifteen minutes were fairly even but Stewarton were arguably playing the better football.
Saints first noteworthy chance came via Kurtis Darroch. The attacker latched onto a lofted diagonal ball and lashed a half volley at goal from an angle - but he could only ripple the side netting from twelve yards out. Saints had anoher opportunity moments later and again it was Darroch causing the trouble. He drove forward and upon reaching the edge of the area fired a low shot at goal, but it whistled narrowly wide.
Stewarton came closest to opening the scoring in an open first half hour as they won a free kick eighteen yards out. Patrick Hammill stepped up and curled a sweet effort towards the corner of the net but Baillie dived to his right to dramatically parry the attempt wide.
Daniel McBeth than had a great chance to open arrears. He was played clean through and did well to get himself onto the pass and was now one-on-one with Robbie Mitchell in the Annick goal. He drove toward goal but his touch evaded him and it looked like Mitchell would claim the ball - the keeper spilled it but McBeth was too involved in cursing at himself to notice and the chance recover went begging as Mitchell jumped on the loose ball, as the half neared its last ten minutes. Good interplay allowed midfield maestro Aiden Julyan to have a strike at goal, but his outside-of-foot effort drifted slightly wide of the target.
The last five minutes of the first period were filled with chances. Nightingale was first as he fired a driven shot across the Saints goal but it flashed wide. Saints' McBeth tried to atone for his earlier failure to profit but his long range effort powered low and wide. Seconds later Darroch then had a shot from twenty yards saved well by Mitchell. The same player had a superb chance to put his side in front but his half volley was tame from close range and Mitchell held well. The half had really hotted up towards the end and a goal was inevitable. It fell to Saints, albeit controversially. The Annick defence were caught out by a well thought out throw and McBeth surged down the wing before crossing into the path of Darroch, who was proving a handful, to tap home despite claims for offside. Moments later the referee called time on an exciting first half.
Half Time: Stewarton Annick Under 15s 0-1 St Cadocs Under 15s
Stewarton Annick 97s v St Cadocs 97sThe first chance of the second period - and the first goal - came after an even five minutes, and it went the way of Saints. McBeth took one touch to control from a throw and then unleashed a powerful right-footed shot across goal and into the bottom corner from twelve yards.
Apart from the goal extending Saints lead, the first fifteen minutes of the second half were largely uneventful. Stewarton managed to edge their way back into the game, in spectacular fashion. Matthew McGhee lined up to take a corner and swung high towards the back post with power and pace. The whip and swerve of the cross soared over everyone and evaded the keeper's reach and nestled amazingly in the top corner of the net! 2-1, game on?
It would appear so. Stewarton were pressing hard and from a counter attack after a good Mitchell save, Lyle Musaraca juggled and tricked his way past his man before unleashing a half volley at goal, but it skimmed wide. The number 10 proved to be a good influence on rest of the game with his finesse and determination, as the tide would eventually tip in Stewarton's favour.
Saints had the next chance of an increasingly end-to-end encounter as the lively Darroch had another effort thwarted by Mitchell, this time blocking with his legs. Annick's Fraser was next to go close, attempting an audacious lob from the halfway line. The powerful effort dipped but unfortunately just not enough as it flew wide of the target. The next sight of goal fell to Saints as cultured midfielder Ryan Higgins curled a free kick inches wide.
Stewarton had looked dangerous from corners throughout and Demetre Moffat's set piece was no exception. He swing in a dangerous cross and Hammill timed his late run well, poking a header into the net from close range. 2-2! And probably deserved as Stewarton had piled on the pressure and not given up despite going two down.
Stewarton looked the more capable of scoring in the last ten minutes, finishing strongly. They had a brilliant chance to win it with less than five minutes to go. Hammill did well to manufacture a decent cross and Julyan hung on the edge waiting to pounce. The captain met the ball in with a volley from fifteen yards. Unfortunately for the men in black, his effort bounced into Baillie's hands. Julyan arguably deserved his goal for a good performance technically, and in the tackle. However, it was probably a step too far for his team who had done well to come back and earn a draw, but it would perhaps have been harsh on Saints to lose this game as they had a number of good chances.

Full Time: Stewarton Annick Under 15s 2-2 St Cadocs Under 15s

Stewarton Annick Under 15s

Saint Cadocs Under 15s
1. Robbie Mitchell
3. Josh Williamson
4. Matthew McGhee
6. Stuart Donnachie
7. Aiden Julyan
8. Ryan Beveridge
9. Aidan Carruth
10. Lyle Musaraca
11. Kyle Scott
12. Demetre Moffat
14. Kieran McMaster
15. Craig Milne
16. Lee Nightingale 
17. Patrick Hammill
1. Dylan Baillie
4. Mark Williams
5. Patrick Neilson
6. Daniel McBeth
7. Michael Cassidy
8. Stephen Thomson
9. Bradley Johannesen
10. Andrew McNee
11. Liam Miller
14. Matthew Kemmit
16. Juan Carlos 
17. Ryan Higgins
19. Kurtis Darroch
20. Ben Alison
21. Andrew Gilroy
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Ryan Rowe

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