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Burntisland Shipyard beat Townhill to lift League Cup

Townhill FC 1

Roe 51

Burntisland Shipyard 2

Doig 4, Lumsden 60
  • Sunday, 10 May 2015
  • Warout Stadium
  • Under 16´s
  • Pre Season League Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Burntisland Shipyard overcame Townhill FC in a tight League Cup final at Warout Stadium in Glenrothes. A wonder goal from Mackenzie Roe was not enough for Townhill, as goals from David Doig and Regan Lumsden gave Burntisland victory in what was a very evenly contested match.

It was a nightmare start for Townhill as they fell behind inside the first five minutes. A long throw into the box was only half headed clear, and a lurking Doig caught as sweet a volley as you will ever see to send the ball crashing into the top corner.

Townhill were quick to respond though, and when Aaron Baxter cut inside his man he unleashed a wicked right-footed shot that fizzed narrowly wide of the post.

Burntisland were not sitting back on their lead however, and Luke Thompson had a chance to double the advantage when he rose highest to meet a corner, but his effort was headed onto the bar by the defender on the line.

Some neat play between Baxter and Ben McCann almost found the former through on goal, but his first touch was heavy and the ball ran away from him. McCann then had another chance with a shot from the edge of the area, but he was unable to direct the ball on target.

After a poor start Townhill were now finding some rhythm, and after a Gregor Macdonald corner was cleared, the wide man was able to swing the ball back in to find McCann unmarked in the middle, but this time the header was high and over the bar.

Alex Chingwalu was next to try his luck at levelling the scores, but after showing some good skill to beat his man, his shot was dragged wide as Townhill continued to press.

A rare foray forward for Burntisland almost ended with a chance but Owain Stark in the Townhill goal was able to collect the ball with relative ease after Robbie Hogg's cross.

It was on the counterattack that Burntisland looked most dangerous, and when Cameron Clarke beat the offside trap to race clear he looked certain to score, but after a poor first touch Stark was able to rush off his line and gather the ball.

As Townhill continued to hunt for an equaliser there were two shots at goal in quick succession, first from Joe Dawson who took aim with a right-footed shot that sailed over the crossbar, and then from Chingwalu who aimed his effort straight at Scott Costello in the Burntisland goal.

Macdonald then had a pop after beating two men with some quick feet, but he also saw his shot evade both Costello and the crossbar.

Burntisland then found themselves with a chance to double their advantage from a set piece, but there was no curl on the ball and it went harmlessly wide.

Marc Perin played a good ball to release Baxter through on goal, but despite beating Costello to the ball he could only slide his right-footed shot agonisingly wide of the post.

Both sides continued to trade chances, and Clarke was next to have a pop with a left-footed shot after cutting in from the right wing, but again the goalkeeper was not troubled as the ball whistled past the post.

There was just enough time left in the first half for both sides to have one more opportunity each, with Dawson doing well to control a long free kick into the box for Townhill, but he could not find a finish to match his touch as his shot went over the bar. Then, in the last action of the half Daniel McBay clipped the bottom of the post with a shot from the edge of the area.

  • Half Time:
  • Townhill FC
  • 0-1
  • Burntisland Shipyard

In a reversal from the first half, it was Townhill who started strongest in the second. Chingwalu was first to have a sight of goal when he found space inside the area, only to send a left-footed shot skidding past the post.

Dawson then beat four players on his way into the box, but his shot was blocked as Townhill started to turn the screw.

The pressure eventually paid off, as Townhill pulled themselves level with an outrageous strike from Roe.

With no apparent danger, and from what must have been all of 40 yards, he caught a right-footed effort on the sweet spot as the ball dipped and bounced off the greasy surface, flying straight into the bottom corner leaving Costello scrambling across his goal in vein.

Macdonald had an opportunity to sneak his side in front not long after the goal, when a free kick was cleared to his feet, but he could only blaze the ball over.

Parity did not last for long though, as Burntisland retook the lead with a swift counterattack.

A long Townhill free kick into the box was headed well away from danger, with Lumsden able to race clear he unselfishly squared the ball for Jed Hunter, and when his effort rebounded off the foot of the post, Lumsden was on hand to finish the move and put his side back on course for the win.

A rejuvenated Burntisland almost put the game beyond any doubt as Clarke raced clear and stuck the ball in the back of the net, only to be denied by the offside flag. 

Townhill then laid siege to the Burntisland goal, as they desperately tried to drag themselves back into the game.

A wonderful pass from Chingwalu to the far post found Macdonald sneaking in unnoticed, but he failed to control the volley and his effort went over the bar.

Dawson was next to get a sight of goal with a brave diving header, but again the effort was too high as Burntisland held on.

Roe then strode purposefully out of defence with a strong run, and although his shot was on target it was straight at Costello who saved and held onto the ball.

Burntisland continued to pose a real threat on the counterattack, and Ben Jenkins showed good pace to beat his man on the wing, and although he managed to deliver a dangerous low cross under the advancing Stark, the ball was hoofed clear as Townhill mounted one last assault in search of the equaliser that would take the game to penalties.

A corner led to all sorts of pandemonium in the Burntisland penalty area, with Chingwalu, McCann and Brogan Tonner all having chances to shoot, but none could find a way through a packed defence.

Ben Woodfine then headed over from a corner, before Stark himself joined his sides attack for a long free kick that was sent deep into the Burntisland penalty area. But, following a slip on the run up to the free kick, Ben Jenkins found himself in a race with the last Townhill defender and with the goal at his mercy as Stark struggled to get back into position. The chance came to nothing however as a foul was called, and with that the referee ended the game to crown Burntisland Shipyard the AFYFC League Cup champions.

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  • Full Time:
  • Townhill FC
  • 1-2
  • Burntisland Shipyard

Lineups

Townhill FC
Burntisland Shipyard
1. Owain Stark
4. Charlie Coulsan
5. Kieran Annandale
6. Mackenzie Roe
7. Jack George
8. Joe Dawson
9. Aaron Baxter
10. Ben McCann
11. Gregor Macdonald
12. Ben Woodfine
14. Alex Chingwalu
15. Brogan Tonner
16. Jamie Sinclair
17. Marc Perin
20. Dominic McMurchie
22. Adam Ainslie
1. Scott Costello
2. Robbie Hogg
3. Cameron Bricknal
4. Matthew Miller
5. Luke Thompson
6. Aeden Brown
7. Daniel McBay
8. David Doig
9. Lewis Pay
10. Angus Robb
11. Cameron Clarke
12. Regan Lumsden
14. Liam Duncan
15. Jed Hunter
16. Ben Jenkins
Star Player
Townhill FC
Burntisland Shipyard
Alex Chingwalu - Ran himself into the ground for his side, and was always positive on the ball. Great vision and a sure touch, he had a good game and like all his teammates, will be bitterly disappointed to be on the losing side.
Cameron Clarke - As with Alex Chingwalu here was a player who did not stop all afternoon. He was unlucky on several occassions not to get on the scoresheet.
Magic Moment
Townhill FC
Burntisland Shipyard
An absolute worldie from Mackenzie Roe. One of those you will only see once a season.
The best way to answer a moment of magic? With one of your own of course. Regan Lumsden finishing off a swift counter attack was the perfect tonic for his side following Roe's special strike.
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