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Blue Brazil storm to cup glory with five star performance

Lochgelly Albert Colts 0

Blue Brazil 5

Watson 14, Foreman 25, Jardine 41, 65, Woods, 77
  • Sunday, 24 May 2015
  • Warout Stadium
  • Under 14´s
  • Fife Cup

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Blue Brazil made light work of Lochgelly Albert in the Fife Cup final at Warout on Sunday, as they ran out five nil winners thanks to a brace from Jack Jardine, as well as goals from Jay Watson, Robbie Foreman and Liam Woods.
 
Despite the final score, it was Lochgelly that created the first chance, with Andrew Penman volleying over with a right footed effort.
 
Watson also had a chance to give Blue Brazil an early lead, but he headed over from a corner.
 
It was a tense opening, and with both sides fearful of conceding first chances were limited in the opening ten minutes of the match.
 
Blue Brazil soon began to find their rhythm though, and when Jardine was released with a neat through ball from mid-field he was only denied by a marvellous save from Logan Clunie in the Lochgelly goal.
 
That chance should have served as an ominous warning for Lochgelly, as Blue Brazil were ahead not long after when Watson rose highest to head home from a corner.
 
After the goal Blue Brazil quickly established themselves as the team in ascendency, and Watson almost doubled his sides lead when he again rose highest at a corner, this time heading wide from close range.
 
A deep cross from Jardine almost caught Clunie out as it curled beyond everyone in the area, but clipped the back post to the relief of the Lochgelly defence.
 
A good move from Blue Brazil then saw Foreman put the ball in the back of the net, only to be denied by the offside flag.
 
It wasn’t long however before Blue Brazil did double their lead, and this time Foreman got the better of the offside trap to race through on goal, lifting a delicious finish over the helpless Clunie and into the bottom corner.
 
Blue Brazil were now on the hunt for more, and Jardine went close to a third for his side, but could only shoot over the bar after cutting inside and unleashing a right footed effort.
 
Lochgelly then had a chance to grab a goal back before half time, when Jake McNeill saw his shot deflected off Ryan Bennett in the Blue Brazil defence, Jed Muir did well to make a smart save to preserve his clean sheet.
 
And to make matters worse for Lochgelly, they found themselves three goals down at the interval as Jake Mitchell did well inside the box to keep control of the ball and tee up Jardine to smash home.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts
  • 0-3
  • Blue Brazil

Blue Brazil wasted no time in the second half, as they looked to put the game to bed as soon as possible.

Jardine was almost through on goal again, but was kept at bay by some good defending from Dean Armstrong. Foreman then burst into the box, but couldn’t find room for a shot.

If Lochgelly were going to find a way back into the match, they needed to score as quickly as possible, and they created another chance when a good run by Ben Nardone allowed the ball to be played out to the wing, where it was crossed in towards Rhys Ferguson, but to no avail as the Blue Brazil defence held strong to clear the danger.

Troy Stein then had a chance for the ‘Colts inside the Blue Brazil area, but he couldn’t connect and again a chance to find a way back into the match went begging.  A long free kick then provided another opportunity, but Muir was quick off his line to clear the ball from off the toes of Jamie Cockburn before a shot could be taken.

After weathering a small surge of pressure from Lochgelly, Blue Brazil now went back on the front foot as Jardine got his head to a corner, but the Lochgelly defence was somehow able to hook the ball clear. Foreman then crossed for Mitchell to take aim, but he slipped as he hit the shot and the ball was blocked before it reached the goal.

Jardine then looked to pick out Foreman who again had taken up a good position, but his shot was scuffed and the ball was cleared to safety.

Ben Nardone was making positive runs from mid-field all afternoon for Lochgelly, and after surging forward again, he tried to thread the ball through for Cockburn, but again Muir was out quickly to collect the ball.

Nardone then had a shot himself after another piercing run from mid-field, but his effort was well wide as Blue Brazil began to sense there was now no way back for Lochgelly.

That renewed confidence brought a crushing end to the game for Lochgelly, as Blue Brazil rounded off their performance in style with two late goals to well and truly put the gloss on the result.

First, Jardine bagged his second of the day and his sides fourth, when he inadvertently blocked a shot from Dean Nicoll, he turned and buried the ball past Clunie. Then, after a free kick was pumped up field from inside the Blue Brazil half, Woods found space in behind the defence and was able to race clear, dispatching a cool finish to make it five.

To their credit Lochgelly didn’t give up and were still looking to give their fans a consolation goal. The tireless Nardone had time for one last run through the Blue Brazil mid-field, but his shot was comfortable for Muir.

Blue Brazil were then able to see out the rest of the game with relative ease, and at the final whistle both players and fans celebrated a deserved, and emphatic victory.

  • Full Time:
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts
  • 0-5
  • Blue Brazil

Lineups

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Blue Brazil
1. Logan Clunie
2. Ryan Bennett
3. Dean Armstrong
4. Rhuiri Garvey
5. Jack Matheison
6. Ben Nardone
7. Daniel Clemison
8. Andrew Penman
9. Jamie Cockburn
10. Rhys Ferguson
11. Connor McArthur
12. Troy Stein
14. Bailey Marshall
15. Jake McNeill
1. Jed Muir
2. Lewis Morton
3. Jake Mitchell
4. Liam Woods
5. Robbie Foreman
6. James Watt
7. Liam Jackson
8. Jay Watson
9. Lewis Morgan
10. Dean Nicoll
12. Ryan Mauchlen
14. Lennon Halliday
15. Darren Spence
16. Fraser Muir
17. Luke Smith
18. Jack Jardine
Star Player
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Blue Brazil
Ben Nardone - his positive runs from the centre of the park were the highlight of Lochgelly's performance. Created plenty of chances for his teammates, as well as having a few efforts himself.
Jack Jardine - two goals in a cup final and a few other chances meant he could easily have walked away with the match ball!
Magic Moment
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Blue Brazil
Were it not for a smart save from Jed Muir after Jake McNeill's deflected shot, Lochgelly would have been in with a shout at 1-2. Unfortunately for them, this was the closest they came to breaching the Blue Brazil defence all afternoon.
The game was alrerady won, but the fifth and final goal that put a real shine on the win would have been a great one to watch for the travelling Blue Brazil army.
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