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Monday, 29 April 2013 20:36

Houston catch eye with impressive Gourock win

Written by  Dave Litherland
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Gourock YAC
Houston United
U14 PJ&DYFL D2 League Cup
Gourock Park
Gourock YAC 2000 has had a highly impressive season at U13s in Division 2 of the well-organised Paisley, Johnstone & District League. They were second in the league table before their Division 2 League Cup tie against Houston United on 27th April and had gained a reputation for playing football the right way.

However, their latest game pitted them against a Houston United team on a good run and determined to play to their potential.

Gourock Park at the top of George Street must have one of the best views from a football pitch anywhere in Britain. It looks across to Loch Long, The Holy Loch and the dramatic mountains of Argyll in the distance: Scotland at its finest. Boats split the water and the sun split the sky on a perfect morning for football.

Houston United’s eyes were only on the game, though, as they kicked off! Flowing football based on quick passing and fast support yielded an early reward as Sean Murray found the net from close range. The visitors, who have been a mid-table league team in this, their first season together, thenscored a special second goal. One and two-touch passing during a sweeping move finished with the energetic Max Nugent slotting the ball home neatly just inside the back post.

Before Gourock could get their game going, HUFC struck a third time after forceful running down the right from Scott Ferguson (captain) who cut the ball back intelligently for Sean Smith to execute a composed finish from just outside the six yard box.Gourock reacted and started to test the HUFC defence but itswell-organised back five stood strong. Both teams hit the woodwork as the exciting first half drew to a close.

Gourock raised their game in the second half with the dangerous red-haired number 8 always one to watch. Clever balls were played in behind the HUFC full-backs towards flying wingers as the pressure mounted from the home side; but Houston United’s goal couldn’t be breached and swift counter attacks occasionally threatened Gourock’s goal.

Some very tired boys headed off the first-class astro pitch at the end with the weather still glorious. HUFC thanks Gourock YAC for their hospitality on the day and appreciates the way in which the game was played by both squads and supported by both sets of parents.

Full Time: Gourock YAC 0-3 Houston United
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