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Dryburgh down resilient Riverside in Tommy Clark Trophy final

Riverside CSC 0

Dryburgh Athletic 1

Stewart 61'
  • Sunday, 23 April 2017
  • North End Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Tommy Clark Trophy

Andrew Creegan

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Ewan Stewart’s second half goal secured the Tommy Clark Trophy for Dryburgh Athletic. In what was a David vs Goliath clash, bottom of the league Riverside more than matched champions-elect Dryburgh, but ultimately tasted defeat in their first ever cup final.

These sides have had greatly contrasting league campaigns, Dryburgh have only one defeat to their name, while Riverside have won just once. Despite this, it was Riverside that started on the front foot, and nearly opened the scoring after two minutes.

Samuel Gallacher won the ball in the Dryburgh half and set up Callum Brand, but the Riverside man dragged his effort wide of the mark. This was a golden chance passed up by Riverside, but an early reminder for Dryburgh that Riverside weren't going to let them have things their own way.

Riverside had settled into the game well, managing to limit the space in behind their defence, and staying compact in midfield. Dryburgh’s first chance of the match came after 16 minutes. Marcus Gray managed to jink his way through the Riverside defence and pick out Daryl Tosh, but his header didn’t cause any problems for Jordi Duncan in the Riverside goal.

It was clear that Dryburgh were struggling to breakdown the Riverside defence. Dylan Smeaton tried his luck from 20 yards after 26 minutes, but his effort was easily held by Duncan.

The Riverside stopper produced a fine save 60 seconds later as he kept out Ewan Stewart’s close range effort. The Dryburgh striker got on the end of Smeaton’s cut back, but his effort was straight at Duncan.

Ross Mcnaughton was the next Dryburgh player to try his luck, but his effort from inside the box was easily saved by Duncan. The first half wound down with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested, and all to play for in the second period.

  • Half Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 0-0
  • Dryburgh Athletic

Dryburgh began the second half playing at a tempo that had been lacking for most of the first 40 minutes. Stewart shot wide from a corner before Sol Heary rifled the ball wide five minutes after the restart. Mcnaughton then forced Duncan into another save as Dryburgh searched for the opening goal.

Despite their quick start to the second half, Riverside were still more than matching the league leaders. Mateusz Wierzbicki, Aiden Stuart and Fergus Robertson at the heart of the Riverside defence always seemed to produce last ditch interceptions and tackles just as Dryburgh looked like threatening.

There was nothing that the Riverside defence could do after the hour mark, as Dryburgh took the lead in fortunate circumstances. A long ball into the box was taken by the wind and caught out Duncan, who back tracked and touched the ball onto the bar, which rebounded into the path of Stewart, who fired home from six yards out. This was a fortunate goal for Dryburgh who hadn’t been at their best, but now found themselves ahead.

Dryburgh began to search for a second goal, and would have had it if not for some fine goalkeeping from Duncan. Smeaton brought a save out of the Riverside keeper after 62 minutes, before the Riverside captain produced the save of the day to deny Heary. The Dryburgh forward managed to bring the ball down inside the penalty area before sending a sweetly struck volley towards goal from close range, only to be denied by Duncan.

As the final whistle neared, both managers sent on fresh legs in search of the games second goal. Dryburgh captain Aidan Nelson had the games last chance in the second minute of injury time. His curling shot from the top of the box was just wide of the mark.

Even though these two sides both occupy different ends of the G Taylor League table, this was an incredibly close cup final, that was decided by the finest of margins. Every Riverside player gave his all, with the back five all making crucial interceptions and blocks throughout the match, while the midfield and forwards worked tirelessly to try and disrupt Dryburgh’s creative players.

While they may not have lifted the cup today, they more than matched Dryburgh, and probably deserved to take the game to penalties. Despite this, they have the achievement of being the first Riverside team to reach a cup final, and in doing so will become the team that younger Riverside players look to emulate in the future. As for this group of players, while they have struggled for form this season, if they can play with the kind of commitment and passion that they showed today, then they can expect to be in more cup finals sooner rather than later.

As for Dryburgh, they know that they can play better than they showed today, but cup finals are all about results rather than performances. They have now completed the first part of a potential treble and will look to pick up the Jean Pierre Babin Cup against Broughty United in two weeks, but will need to perform to a far higher standard if they are to lift that particular piece of silverware. 

  • Full Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 0-1
  • Dryburgh Athletic

Lineups

Riverside CSC
Dryburgh Athletic
1. Jordi Duncan
2. Samuel Delaney
3. Callum Bolton
4. Ruairidh Beaton
5. Mateusz Wierzbicki
6. Matthew Rees
7. Magnus Fettes
9. Samuel Gallagher
10. Jack Terroni
11. Connor Spence
12. Michael Tinning
14. Amine Atrih
15. Cameron Lyall
16. Aiden Stuart
17. Paul Traynor
20. Fergus Robertson
31. Callum Brand
99. Aaron Cosgrove
2. Ryan McKay
7. Ross Mcnaughton
8. Marcus Gray
9. Ewan Stewart
10. Ben Wilson
11. Sol Heary
14. Daryl Tosh
15. Keillor Lowe
16. Cory Finnigan
17. Jamie Gelly
25. Aidan Nelson
33. Kalin Jones
35. Arron Flynn
74. Brandon Mcginnis
77. Dylan Smeaton
Star Player
Riverside CSC
Dryburgh Athletic
Fergus Robertson - Every one of the Riverside defenders could have won this award, but Robertson always seemed to pop up in the right place at the right time and used the ball well whenever he had it.
Marcus Gray - Used the ball well and always looked to run at the Riverside defenders.
Magic Moment
Riverside CSC
Dryburgh Athletic
Duncan's Save from Heary - Of all the Riverside keeper's saves this was the pick of the bunch, and at a crucial time in the match. The save kept his sides cup dream alive, but ultimately, it wasn't to be.
Stewart's Goal - Like all good strikers, Stewart was in the right place at the right time to win his team the cup.
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