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Hillfield Swifts storm to cup glory with victory over St Johns

St Johns Rovers 0

Hillfield Swifts 8

Donaldson 2, 81, Cameron 6, 79, McDonald 35, Hunter 56, Moffat 81, 88
  • Sunday, 17 May 2015
  • Humbug Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Summer Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Hillfield Swifts produced a dominant display to overcome St Johns Rovers on Sunday and claim the Summer Cup at Humbug Park in Crossgates.

Goals from Andrew McDonald and Lewis Hunter, as well as braces for Logan Donaldson, Scott Cameron and Jack Moffat completed the win, and condemned St Johns to defeat in the most emphatic fashion.

It was a fast start from Swifts, who wasted no time in opening the scoring. Early pressure paid off almost instantly as Donaldson was played through on the right side of the area to slide the ball coolly under the advancing Craig Jamieson in the Rovers goal.

The same move almost brought a quick second for Hillfield as Donaldson was played in again, but this time he could only volley wide.

There was not long to wait however before the second goal did arrive, and although it was still early days it was clear St Johns now had a real fight on their hands.

A cross into the box was punched clear by Jamieson, but after taking a touch to control Cameron was able to volley the ball back with inch-perfect precision straight into the bottom corner.

Already two goals down and with the match still so young, St Johns had to try and find a way back into the game. Dylan Gilmour went close with a shot across goal that was well saved by Macaulay Jarrett in goal for Swifts, before hitting the side netting not long after with a left-footed shot.

Hillfield then made a mess of a throw in deep inside their own territory allowing Connor Crombie to get a shot away, but with Jarrett flat-footed on his line the ball was steered agonisingly wide.

Gilmour then tried his luck from distance with a dipping free kick which was tipped away well by Jarrett, and from the resulting corner Gilmour again got a shot away, meeting the ball with a firm header that brought another good save from the keeper.

Despite the pressure from St Johns, Hillfield still held a two-goal led and were looking to increase their advantage as half time approached.

Donaldson did well to get to the by-line and deliver a good ball into the box, but the pass was behind everyone in the area and the danger was cleared. A well worked free kick routine then ended with a shot on goal, but the effort was not on target.

Connor Young then had a pop for St Johns, but the shot was wide as Hillfield held on to their two-goal lead.

Despite the best efforts of St Johns, it was a lead that was soon increased thanks to a headed goal from McDonald. A free kick into the box found him unmarked and able to nod home to put his team three goals to the good. It could have been even worse for St Johns moments later, when a quick free kick got Cameron through the offside trap and bearing down on goal, but Jamieson pulled off a fantastic save to deny the attacker.

St Johns continued to press for a goal, and Owen Roy went close with a whipped free kick that beat the wall, but also beat the crossbar. Dylan Hunter then had a chance after being teed up by Young, but the shot was mishit and went horribly wide.

  • Half Time:
  • St Johns Rovers
  • 0-3
  • Hillfield Swifts

With three goals already in the bag, it was again Hillfield that started the the quicker of the two teams. A daring run from Donaldson allowed him to pull back for Moffat to take aim with a left footed shot that whistled just wide of the post.

St Johns were however still pushing forward, and Gilmour showed good strength to cross from the left, but the ball was cleared by a fantastic defensive header by Zack More. Another Gilmour cross from the left was then well collected by Jarrett.

Once again though the warning signs were there for St Johns, and it was not long before the game was put beyond all reasonable doubt as Hillfield pulled away in devastating fashion.

A More cross was almost finished well by Brandon Hildrew who saw his shot blocked, and from the resulting corner a thumping header was saved by Jamieson, but the keeper was powerless to stop Hunter from heading the loose ball into the back of the net to make it four nil.

St Johns responded with admirable spirit, with a free kick driven into the box causing chaos when it was allowed to bounce, but noone could find room for a shot. Liam Hannah then sent a looping volley hurtling towards goal, but Jarrett was well positioned to get behind the ball in blustery conditions and make the save.

Another free kick was then headed clear by the Swifts defence, and when Hunter followed up with a twenty-yard pile driver Jarrett was again able to protect his clean sheet by making the save.

Any lingering hope of a comeback from St Johns was soon put to bed midway through the second half, as Cameron grabbed his second of the day with a well-taken goal, sliding the ball right footed under an advancing Jamieson after charging down a clearance.

Despite now holding a five-goal advantage, Hillfield continued to turn the screw as they added three more goals before full time.

First, Donaldson got his second to round off a wonderful team move. Breaking into the box and clear of the defensive line following some mesmerising passing, he jinked around the keeper and tucked the ball home. Then, Moffat shrugged off his defender to chip the ball over a sprawling Jamieson, before he also claimed his second after winning the ball back with some high pressing to fire a low shot into the bottom corner and cap a resounding performance from his side.

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  • Full Time:
  • St Johns Rovers
  • 0-8
  • Hillfield Swifts

Lineups

St Johns Rovers
Hillfield Swifts
1. Grant Jamieson
2. Jack Murray
3. Liam Sinclair
4. Robbie Smart
5. Owen Bonner
7. Owen Roy
8. Ryan Bell
9. Dylan Gilmour
10. Connor Crombie
11. Morghan Simpson
12. Liam Hannah
14. Lewis Stewart
15. Declan Gallagher
16. Jack Baxter
19. Connor Young
20. Dylan Hunter
1. Macaulay Jarrett
2. Lewis Hunter
3. Sam Hortsman
4. Jack Moffat
5. Brandon Hildrew
6. Zack More
7. David Green
8. Dominic Mcalpine
9. Sam Morman
10. Ryan Dunn
11. Ross Stuart
12. Aaron Mcgonigal
14. Logan Donaldson
15. David Webb
16. Reece Dobbin
17. Scott Cameron
18. Ryan Marshall
19. Andrew Mcdonald
Star Player
St Johns Rovers
Hillfield Swifts
Dylan Gilmour - Was tireless for his side and put in a real shift up-front. Some good chances and could consider himself unlucky not to get on the scoresheet on more than one occasion.
Logan Donaldson - Scored a couple of goals and was a real creative spark. He looked dangerous whenever he picked the ball up for his side.
Magic Moment
St Johns Rovers
Hillfield Swifts
A fine save from Grant Jamieson to deny Scott Cameron. At 0-3 down it would have been easily to lose heart but no St Johns player did and Jamieson epitomised their fighting spirit.
The sixth goal was scored by Logan Donaldson, but was the product of a wonderful team move.
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