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Dundee Rangers win J Bolton Cup after penalty shootout against Carnoustie Panmure

Carnoustie Panmure 2

Hope 45', Gall 72'

Dundee Rangers 2

Wardlaw 43', Goodfellow 50'
  • Dundee Rangers win 4-2 on penalties
  • Sunday, 22 May 2016
  • North End Park
  • Under 15´s
  • J Bolton Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Dundee Rangers overcame Carnoustie Panmure to win the J Bolton Cup after a dramatic cup final. Following a largely uneventful first half, the game burst into life at the start of the second period, with 3 goals in 10 minutes seeing Rangers take a 2-1 lead. Following a late equaliser from Carnoustie, the game went to a penalty shootout that saw Dundee Rangers emerge victorious.

Both sides started the game well. Rangers' Robert Gibson managed to work some space at the top of the box, but couldn’t get a clean shot away.

After 15 minutes, Carnoustie goalkeeper Aidan Robertson was called into action, tipping Jamie Goodfellow’s shot over the bar.

Moments later, Robertson was tested again. This time the goalkeeper did well to keep out Matthew Gorrie’s effort. The Carnoustie ‘keeper was keeping his side in the cup final.

As the half went on, Carnoustie began to grow into the game. The boys in blue managed to win consecutive corners halfway through the opening period, but couldn’t break the deadlock.

As half time approached, neither side managed to create a clear-cut opportunity. Goodfellow managed to turn a volley from Gorrie towards the Carnoustie net, but Robertson made a comfortable save. The sides went into the changing rooms level at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Carnoustie Panmure
  • 0-0
  • Dundee Rangers

The second half got underway in the best possible way for Rangers. Following a Carnoustie corner, Dundee Rangers would take the lead.

Daniel Wardlaw led the counter-attack, driving down the right wing from the edge of his own box to the edge of Carnoustie's. He managed to pick out Gibson, who played the ball into Goodfellow. Carnoustie goalkeeper Robertson could only divert Goodfellow’s shot into Wardlaw, who rolled the ball into an empty net from a yard out.

From their kick off, Carnoustie managed to win a corner. Brogan Rourke’s initial delivery was dealt with, but the Carnoustie forward was given too much time with the follow up cross, which resulted in Cameron Thornbury hitting a shot towards goal, that was diverted in by Cameron Hope. How much the defender knew about it is a different matter, but Carnoustie were level.

The whirlwind start to the second half continued after the equaliser. Rangers went close twice, first through Jack Campbell who sent a low effort just wide of the post, and secondly through Gibson, who couldn’t get his header from Craig Heggie’s cross on target.

Rangers wouldn’t have to wait long to regain the lead. Brandon Birse’s cross wasn’t dealt with by Anderson, allowing Goodfellow to stroke the ball into the bottom corner, and re-establish Rangers lead.

Carnoustie wasted a gilt-edged chance moments later. Glen Maxwell picked out Matthew Strachan, who fired the ball against the inside of the post. The ball fell to the feet of Jamie Claxton who, with the goal gaping, had the simple task of putting the ball into the empty net. Rangers goalkeeper Scott Regan managed to smother the ball, and keep his side in the lead.

Carnoustie were beginning to apply constant pressure to the Rangers goal. After 68 minutes, Liam Gall sent Claxton in one-on-one with Regan, but the striker could only hit his shot straight at the Rangers ‘keeper.

With just 8 minutes left to play, Carnoustie were level. Thornbury’s shot smacked off the post, and fell at the feet of Gall, who fired the ball into the net.

With the prospect of a penalty shootout looming large, Carnoustie had a chance to win the match at the death. Strachan managed to cut the ball back to Claxton, but the forward couldn’t get a good enough connection on the ball, forcing Regan into a comfortable save. Neither team had the time to create another chance, and the J Bolton Cup would be decided by a penalty shootout.

  • Full Time:
  • Carnoustie Panmure
  • 2-2
  • Dundee Rangers
Dundee Rangers Jack Campbell was the first taker in the shootout. The left back drilled his penalty into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Liam Gall, who’s goal sent the game to penalties, was first up for Carnoustie, but his effort was well saved by Scott Regan.

Daniel Wardlaw was next up for Rangers, and he also scored, putting his penalty in the bottom left corner.

Brogan Rourke stepped up for Carnoustie, and managed to halve the deficit.

Jamie Goodfellow was the next taker for Rangers, and the midfielder sent his penalty into the side netting.

Carnoustie’s Matthew Strachan converted his spot kick before Matthew Gorrie stepped up for Rangers and drilled his penalty into the bottom right corner.

With Rangers leading 4-2, Stewart Morman needed to score, but sent his penalty well over the crossbar, confirming Dundee Rangers as the 2016 J Bolton Cup winners.

Final Result: Dundee Rangers win 4-2 on penalties


Carnoustie Panmure
Dundee Rangers
24. Aidan Robertson
1. Craig MacDonald
2. Cameron Hope
3. Stewart Morman
4. Ethan O'Hare
6. Liam Gall
7. Glen Maxwell
8. Shaun Roeleveld
9. Cameron O'Donnell
10. Cameron Thornbury
12. Jamie Claxton
16. Brogan Rourke
17. Matthew Strachan
18. Dylan Winton
20. Owen Milne
22. Kevin Clark
21. Scott Regan
2. Josh Mcleary
3. Callum Low
5. Brandon Kirk
6. Matthew Gorrie
8. Brandon Birse
10. Kevin Smith
11. Daniel Wardlaw
14. Declan Shannon
15. Robert Gibson
19.Jamie Goodfellow
20. Sam Lucas
23. Craig Heggie
25. Ben Innes
36. Aaron Robertson
43. Jack Campbell
Star Player
Carnoustie Panmure
Dundee Rangers
Aidan Robertson – Kept his side in the game in the first half with a series of impressive saves. May feel he could have done better with the goals but overall a decent day for the Carnoustie goalie.
Jack Campbell – Had an excellent game at left back. Won the majority of his tackles and headers and his deliveries from set pieces caused Carnoustie problems. Got his team off to the perfect start in the shootout with a well struck penalty.
Magic Moment
Carnoustie Panmure
Dundee Rangers
Gall’s goal – Wasn’t the most spectacular goal but gave his side the chance to go and win the cup.
Regan’s save from Claxton – A super save from the sponsors Man of the Match. If the ball had gone in, Rangers heads may have gone down and the game had a different outcome.
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