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End-to-end match sees Row defeat Riverside

Harmony Row YC 5

Patterson 17, Gauley 57, 75, Wilson (R) 82, Armstong 88

Riverside FC 3

Rowan 23, Hutcheson 47, 59
  • Saturday, 21 February 2015
  • Netherpollock Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Tom McPhillips Cup

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Harmony Row YC booked their place in the last 16 of the Tom McPhillips Cup thanks to a nervy 5-3 victory over Riverside FC at Netherpollock Park. Harmony Row's goals came from a close range Scott Patterson strike, a double from captain and man of the match, Stewart Gauley, and one a piece from Ryan Wilson and Cameron Armstrong. Riverside's Ross Hutcheson scored twice, the first being the goal of the match, and Aidan Rowan got one to make the tie a closer than predicted affair.
 
Harmony would have been full of confidence from their last meeting with Riverside, which finished 7-0. The match started very much in this same vein with Riverside struggling to get out of their own half for the first 15 minutes. It looked like it might be another long afternoon for Riverside as Harmony created a series of half-chances through Gauley, Patterson and Kyle Harte.
 
Harmony almost took the lead on the 15th minute when Aaron Christie flashed a low cross along the face goal setting up what looked like a tap in for Kyle Wilson. However, some last ditch defending by Aaron Keenan denied Harmony the opener. A minute later Gauley forced a smart save from Riverside’s Cameron Noble when his powerful, right-footed drive was turned round the post for a corner. The resulting in-swinging corner was partly cleared before the ball fell kindly to Scott Patterson who lashed a low shot past the helpless Noble to make it 1 - 0 on the 17 minute mark.
 
Harmony's lead lasted only six minutes when Aidan Rowan capitalised on slack defending to level the tie at 1 - 1 after 23 minutes. Zak Murray’s floated corner caused Harmony all sorts of problems before the ball broke to Rowan who made no mistake in dispatching a well-placed shot on the angle from six yards into Cameron Craig’s far corner.
 
Praise has to be given to Riverside’s Noble who produced a magnificent save from another stinging Gauley shot, this time on his left. Just after 32 minutes Gauley picked up the ball to the left of Riverside’s 18 yard box, drove forward and unleashed a powerful effort from distance. Noble did extremely well to meet it, but could only parry the shot back to Gauley who forced his second effort over the bar.
 
The first half finished with two yellow cards, one for Riverside’s Alexander Watson for consistent fouling five minutes before the break, and one for Harmony's Christie who had been involved in an off the ball coming together.
  • Half Time:
  • Harmony Row YC
  • 1-1
  • Riverside FC

The second half started with a shock for Harmony as Riverside took a shock lead on the 46th minute when the ball fell to Hutcheson. A first time, right footed effort from 30 yards left the Harmony keeper rooted to the spot as the ball sailed into the top right hand corner.
 
The stunned Harmony players eventually rallied back having a couple of goal mouth scrambles cleared off the line before Gauley forced an effort home from close range to restore parity, 12 minutes into the second half, after Riverside failed to clear Wilson's out-swinging corner.
 
Riverside's Murray got his second assist of the afternoon when he played a clever through ball down the central channel for Hutcheson to chase. A well timed burst of pace got him beyond the last defender and his smart dink over the onrushing Craig gave Riverside the lead just before the hour mark. Harmony almost hit back immediately when a pin-point diagonal pass from the half-way line from Ben Bowie caught Riverside's defence sleeping. The pass was met by Gauley whose header was well saved by Noble to keep Riverside 3 - 2 ahead.
 
However, Gauley was not to be denied his second of the afternoon and on the 75th minute he equalised for Harmony in stunning fashion. After a short throw-in, just in line with Riverside's 18 yard box down the left-hand channel by Lee Davidson, Gauley calmly controlled, turned towards goal, took one more touch and then side footed the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box.
 
Harmony took the lead on the 82nd minute through substitute Ryan Wilson after another penalty box scramble. Riverside partially cleared a Harmony corner but only as far as the 18 yard line. Harmony's Lewis Smith knocked the ball back into the melee and a grateful Wilson pounced to shoot through a ruck of players and leave Noble stranded on his line. This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Riverside who had fought all game to remain in the tie.
 
The final blow came two minutes from full-time when Cameron Wilson made it 5 - 3 with an edge of the box half volley that looped over Noble and under the bar.
 
The victory means that Harmony Row FC will go on to face Arthurlie Juniors FC, with the tie scheduled to be played on February 28.
  • Full Time:
  • Harmony Row YC
  • 5-3
  • Riverside FC

Lineups

Harmony Row YC
Riverside FC
1. Cameron Craig
4. Daniel Kelly
5. Kyle Harte
7. Aaron Christie
8. Lewis Smith
10. Scott Patterson
11. Stewart Gauley (Captain)
14. Matthew Lamont
15. Kyle Wilson
16. Cameron Armstrong
17. Lee Davidson
6. Daniel Levy (Substitute one)
12. Ryan Wilson (Substitute two)
18. Michael O'Brien (Substitute three)
1. Cameron Noble
2. Alexander Watson
3. Ross Hutcheson
4. Aaron Keenan
5. Aidan Rowan
7. David McAllister
8. Matthew Forrest
10. Nathan Colin McLeod
11. Frankie Burns
14. Ben Bowie
15. Zak Murray
17. Alexander Martin (Substitute one)
21. Daniel Bryan (Substitute two)
Star Player
Harmony Row YC
Riverside FC
Stuart Gauley Was the driving force behind much of the Harmony Row attack down the left wing. His smart touches and composure on the ball, along with his confidence to shoot from anywhere makes him my star player for the match. Kyle Harte was a close second as we was also involved in a lot of the build up as well as in breaking down Riverside's attacks.
Cameron Noble The Riverside Goalie struggled with goal kicks all afternoon, however, he was responsible for keeping the tie respectable. A string of impressive saves through-out the match kept Riverside in the game and gave the outfield players confidence to continue fighting.
Magic Moment
Harmony Row YC
Riverside FC
There seemed to be no danger to the Riverside goal when Matthew Lamont picked the ball up just before the half-way line on the right hand side of the pitch. He took one look up, got his head down and pinged a 40 yard pass diagonally to the left that was met by Stewart Gauley whose first time header forced Noble into a good save.
A fantastic through ball from Zak Murray was controlled in one touch by Ross Hutcheson who then showed a clean pair of heals to the Harmony defence to put himself one-on-one with the Keeper. Hutcheson didn't panic and smartly lifted the ball over the keeper's left shoulder and into the back of the net.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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