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Kirrie Thistle see off Forfar in Ellwood Cup final

Kirrie Thistle 4

Dallas 1', 79', Hamilton 39',64'

Forfar Boys FC 1

Thomson 9'
  • Sunday, 01 May 2016
  • North End Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Ellwood Cup

Andrew Creegan

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It was Kirrie Thistle that triumphed in this year’s Ellwood Cup final against Forfar at North End Park, in Dundee. Kirrie found themselves ahead early on, only for a wonder goal from Forfar to level the tie. Kirrie would regain the lead, just before the break, and then went on to add two further goals, in the second half, to wrap up the victory.

The game got off to the perfect start for Kirrie. After winning the ball back in the Forfar half, Nathan Hamilton played in his strike partner Mark Dallas, who kept his composure and put his side ahead just 14 seconds into the game. A dream start for the boys in blue.

Forfar responded well to the setback, Dylan Brown saw his effort deflect out for a corner after five minutes. A frantic start to the game saw both sides win corners, and look dangerous with the long ball over the top.

On nine minutes, Forfar were level. A loose ball came to the feet of Cameron Thomson 25 yards from goal, and the midfielder fired the ball high into the top corner of Andrew Smith's goal. It was no more than Forfar deserved for their early efforts in the match.

The game continued in an end-to-end manner, with both sides creating half chances but both failing to worry either goalkeeper. The best chance came the way of Kirrie, when Forfar goalkeeper William Milligan stepped out of his penalty area with the ball in his hands mid-kick, resulting in a Kirrie free kick on the top of the box. Robbie Bannerman could only send his low effort wide of the post, sparing Milligan’s blushes on this occasion.

It would be the Dallas and Hamilton combination that continued to trouble Forfar’s backline. This time it was Dallas that sent Hamilton through on goal, but the forward couldn’t get away from defender David Pearson, and sent his shot straight at Milligan.

They say that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, and that’s exactly what Hamilton did. Following a long ball into the box from a free kick in the 39th minute, Joe Black controlled the ball well, before slipping the ball into Hamilton, who unleashed a fierce strike across the goal and into the top corner of the net from a tight angle. Even more impressive than the finish was the strikers backflip to celebrate putting his team back in front.

Forfar, again, responded well to the setback. Some nice footwork from Barry Duggan allowed him to get a shot away, but it didn’t trouble Smith in the Kirrie goal. Kirrie could have been further ahead at the break, but Dallas couldn’t hit the target from Black's cut back.

  • Half Time:
  • Kirrie Thistle
  • 2-1
  • Forfar Boys FC

It would be Kirrie that created the first chance of the second half. A long ball was misjudged by the Forfar defence, allowing Cameron Henderson in on goal, but his effort was off target.

Henderson would go closer with his second chance. The wide man got on the end of a defence splitting pass from Dallas, but saw his effort cleared off the line by the recovering defender. Following a sustained period of Kirrie pressure, Forfar defender Fraser Stuart saw his well hit effort deflect out for a corner.

In the 64th minute Kirrie would extend their lead. The impressive Ryan Kerrigan picked the ball up in the midfield, before driving into space and playing a well weighted pass into Hamilton, who bagged his second of the match. Unfortunately, there was no backflip this time.

Just two minutes later, Kirrie were pressing forward again. A well timed challenge from Cameron Douglas stopped Dallas cutting the ball back. The resulting corner saw Kirrie put the ball in the net, only for the referee to disallow the goal, for a foul on the goalkeeper Milligan.

However, when Kirrie put the ball in the net after 79 minutes, it would not be disallowed. Kerrigan provided the assist once more, as his pass was collected by Dallas, who finished well to claim his second of the game. The forward would go on to be the sponsors Man of the Match.

In the aftermath of the goal, Forfar were reduced to ten men, following an altercation with the referee. The ten men would go on to create a handful of half chances in the closing ten minutes, but Kirrie held on for the victory.

  • Full Time:
  • Kirrie Thistle
  • 4-1
  • Forfar Boys FC


Kirrie Thistle
Forfar Boys FC
1. Andrew Smith
2. Kyle Dempsey
4. Marshall Gray
5. Euan Hodge
6. Ryan Valentine
7. Mark Dallas
8. Cameron Henderson
9. Finlay Buchanan
10. Ryan Kerrigan
11. Dylan Brown
12. George Horsman
15. Robbie Bannerman
16. Duncan Boath
17. Nathan Hamilton
18. Joe Black
1. William Milligan
2. Xander Cameron
3. Ben Quinn
4. David Pearson
5. Fraser Stuart
6. Cameron Douglas
7. Billy Irvine
8. Lewis Pass
9. Alistair Wilson
10. Conor Thomson
11. Barry Duggan
12. Cameron Thomson
16. Nathan Towns
17. Nicholas Stirling
19. Jordan Morrison
Star Player
Kirrie Thistle
Forfar Boys FC
Ryan Kerrigan – Excellent in the midfield. Always looking for the ball and rarely gave away possession. Organised and brought the best out of the players around him.
Alistair Wilson – Did well in the midfield. Won plenty of tackles and used the ball well.
Magic Moment
Kirrie Thistle
Forfar Boys FC
Hamilton's first goal – A well taken goal that set his team on the way to victory, but it’s all about the celebration!
Thomson’s goal – A super strike that got his side back in the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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