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Douglas Youth victorious over Vale of Tay

Vale of Tay 3

Birse 35 61, Dowdles 51

Douglas Youth FC 4

Robertson 25, Own Goal 36, Potter 47, Lumsden 50
  • Sunday, 12 March 2017
  • Drumgeith
  • Under 13´s
  • J Cleneghan League

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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Three goals in the second half helped Douglas Youth overcome Vale of Tay 4-3 in the J Cleneghan League fixture held at Drumgeith. A highly entertaining contest was expected pre-match as the sides have near identical league records and both saw an opportunity to put points on the board.

Unsurprisingly the opening stages were a tight affair with each team enjoying passages of sustained possession without troubling either goalkeeper.  

The first real incident came in the 9th Minute and it gave Vale of Tay a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after John Merchant was taken down following a surging run from deep. Kade Mccleary stepped up and his effort was brilliantly saved by Joe Flynn with the rebound finishing over the bar.  Buoyed having almost taken the lead Vale of Tay continued to press and Flynn was again required to deflect a shot from distance by Ben Birse. The importance of the saves by Flynn were highlighted as Douglas Youth moved into the lead on the 25th minute, Andrew Robertson directing the ball into the net after controlling Owain McCartney’s deep throw.

Vale of Tay responded well to the set back and almost equalised immediately with Birse bringing out another solid stop by Flynn.

Just as it looked as if the away side would hold the advantage at the break, good movement by Liam Luthill created an opportunity for Birse to round the keeper and knock the ball into the net on the 35th minute. 

  • Half Time:
  • Vale of Tay
  • 1-1
  • Douglas Youth FC

Having conceded on the stroke of half-time, Douglas Youth showed impressive character by regaining the lead in the 36th minute. Luke Lumsden finished a powerful run with a deep cross which was knocked past the unfortunate Aiden Stewart for an own goal.

Similarly to the first-half, Vale of Tay continued to create chances and Birse saw two efforts palmed away by Flynn.

As the home side pushed for a leveller Douglas continued to look dangerous on the break and extended their lead on the 47th minute. Good perseverance by McCartney won a corner which was knocked into the net by Potter after Lumsdens accurate delivery.

Three minutes later Douglas Youth moved further ahead and Lumsden showed good composure to end a move he started by  slotting the ball past Stewart.

Credit must go to Vale of Tay for continuing to look for way back into the match and they were rewarded on the 51st minute through Ewan Dowdles strike into the bottom corner.  With the momentum appearing to be with the home side the deficit was reduced further on the 61st minute, Ben Birse directing the ball into the net for his second of the afternoon.

There was to be some late drama with the referee calling offside on a potential equaliser for Vale of Tay two minutes from time and ensuring Douglas Youth would be victorious. 

  • Full Time:
  • Vale of Tay
  • 3-4
  • Douglas Youth FC


Vale of Tay
Douglas Youth FC
1. Aiden Stewart
3. Kade Mccleary
4. Daniel Ringsell
7. Daniel Mawhinney
8. Ben Birse
9. John Merchant
11. Liam Luthill
12. Callum Oatterson
15. Ewan Dowdles
16. Bryan Rocks
18. Samuel Owler
19. Adam McGinglay
1. Joe Flynn
2. Jamie Finnegan
3. James Boswell
4. Kevin Lewis
5. Owen McCartney
6. Liam Harris
7. Luke Lumsden
8. Jamie Gray
9. Andrew Robertson
11. Jamie Cassidy
14. Fraser Robson
15. Ben Potter
16. Taylor Duffy
17. Kevin White
18. Ben Prophet
Star Player
Vale of Tay
Douglas Youth FC
Ben Birse. Posed an attacking threat throughout and was rewarded with two goals.
Joe Flynn. Helped his side to victory with a string of important saves.
Magic Moment
Vale of Tay
Douglas Youth FC
Ewan Dowdle's impressive finish in the 51st minute which brought Vale of Tay back into the contest.
Joe Flynn's penalty save in the ninth minute, without it the result could have been very different.
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