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Jerviston emerge victorious over spirited Spartans

Spartans FC 0

Jerviston FC 4

Lawson 10, Marshall 18, Duddy 46, Bell 62
  • Sunday, 26 October 2014
  • Arboretum Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup

Ryan Crombie | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Spartans and Jerviston battled it out in adverse weather conditions for a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup. It would be the visiting team, Jerviston who were to leave Edinburgh with smiles all round emerging 4-0 victors on the day.
The role of the weather cannot be understated and the strong driving wind made attempting to play football extremely difficult. Despite this both sides put in spirited, battling performances that made watching the game all the more bearable. 
The match kicked off and Jerviston found themselves instantly on the front foot. An opening in the Spartans defence was spotted by Kieran Lawson who drove into the gap and attempted to dink goalkeeper Ben Ritchie. The Spartans number one was aware of his intentions and gratefully caught the ball above his head.
The opening stages were dominated by Jerviston who were controlling the majority of possession without creating many clear goal scoring opportunities.  
That changed in the tenth minute, when an inviting ball was delivered from the far right by Kian Marshall into the centre of the box. The dangerous cross was pounced upon by his team mate Lawson to slot home and put Jerviston 1-0 up.
Despite a quiet opening fifteen minutes or so for Spartans, they began to assert their authority on the match and several threatening corners for the home side in the 20th minute were well defended by Jerviston.
The second goal of the match arrived soon after and it was a second for Jervsiton. High pressure from the visitors paid dividends and forced Spartans into conceding possession inside their own box. Marshall found the ball at his feet and showed excellent composure to find the net. 
Spartans’ response was positive and it looked as if they were to instantly snatch a goal of their own when John Balde played a neat reverse ball down the wing to Kris Gaff. As Gaff bore down on goal it became clear he would have to hit his shot early, and that he did but pulled it wide, much to the relief of the Jerviston back line.
The conditions were gradually becoming worse and worse and it was far from the ideal day for a game of football yet the teams persisted albeit to no avail as chances were few and far to come by. Half-time, probably came at the right time so both sets of players could get into the changing rooms, and rejuvenate themselves for the second half.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 0-2
  • Jerviston FC
An early second half goal came for Jerviston through Robbie Duddy. The effort looked a cross come shot that somehow managed to drift over the head of goalkeeper Ritchie and into the back of the net.  Jerviston weren’t complaining though and that goal looked to have secured victory.
As the match moved into the 65th minute, the home side looked to grab themselves a lifeline. Guy McGarry was slipped in on goal and his powerful shot was excellently saved and batted away by Jerviston’s number one Ben McDougall. 
The game began to become very scrappy in the centre of the park and that can be put largely down to the 30mph winds that were fiercely blowing across Arboretum Park.  Tiredness was also beginning to creep in amongst the players which led to slack passes and carelessness in the final third, but who can blame them after going toe to toe with conditions that re more suited to sailing than football. 
The icing on the cake came for the visitors in the final ten minutes when captain, Dean Bell fired past the Spartans goalkeeper to make it 4-0 and put the game well out of reach for the men in red and white.
Both sides performed admirably all afternoon but the only major difference between the teams was that Jerviston were clinical in front of goal and converted their chances to goals. Spartans can hold their heads up high after their display and despite dropping out of they can use the experience to learn and come back stronger. 
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 0-4
  • Jerviston FC


Spartans FC
Jerviston FC

1. Ben Ritchie 
2. Blair Short
3. Archie Jackson
4. Thomas Graham
5. Joe Tait
7. John Balde
8. Kris Gaff 
10. Matteo Crolla
11. William Tweedie
12. Ross McGrail
13. Owen Barnes
15. Guy McGarry
16. Hector Gray
21. Matthew Forsyth

1. Ben McDougall
2. Dylan Brannan
6. Kieran Lawson
7. Nathan McConnell
8. Matthew Sinclair 
10. Ryan Mimnaugh
11. Mitchell Clark
13. Reece Cathcart
14. Jay O'Neill 
16. Eammon Higgins
20. Dean Bell (C)
22. Luke Higgins
23. Kian Marshall 
25. David Sinclair
29. Robbie Duddy
36. Jamie Duddy

Star Player
Spartans FC
Jerviston FC
John Balde was full of tricks all afternoon and Spartans looked consistently dangerous when he was involved.
Dean Bell played the midfield role excellently, breaking up play and creating space for his team mates. His goal towards the end of the game toped his excellent performance off.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC
Jerviston FC
When Guy McGarry was slipped in on goal excellently and his brilliant effort looked to be heading in, only to be foiled by the Jerviston goalkeeper.
When man of the match and Captain Dean Bell slotted home to grab his thoroughly deserved reward for a fantastic performance.
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