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Barrhead seal Scottish Cup with stunning second-half display

Banks O' Dee Albion 1

Innes 15

Barrhead YFC 4

Own Goal 23, O'Hare 44, Barclay 51, Barclay 69
  • Sunday, 21 May 2017
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 14´s
  • inspiresport SYFA Cup - Final

Barrhead YFC 2003s produced a terrific second-half display to overcome Banks O' Dee Albion 2003s 4-1 in their Inspiresport Scottish Cup final on Sunday.

Both sides had been in terrific goal-scoring form in their run to the final, but after a cagey first half in which both sides cancelled each other out, Barrhead showed a clinical edge in the final third - scoring some terrific goals in the process.

Barrhead started the brighter, keeping the ball well and playing some terrific combinations down the left-hand side through Dylan Noone and the exceptional Paul O'Hare.

O'Hare would become a real focal point for everything good about Barrhead, with his pace and trickery down the left causing Albion countless problems.

An early counter-attack from Barrhead saw O'Hare whip in a terrific cross to the back-post for the unmarked Vincent Scott, but on the stretch he just couldn't get a clean connection and saw his effort fly high and wide.

However, despite not having the best of the opening exchanges, Albion stunned Barrhead when they took the lead after 15 minutes. A hopeful cross into the box saw Noah Campbell fail to punch clear, and Lyle Innes pounced opportunistically to give Albion the lead.

The goal sparked both teams into life in the midfield, but emerging standouts for Albion were Innes and Jordan Lynch, as both drove their team forward with surging runs from the midfield. Lynch at one stage bulldozed his way through the Barrhead defence, but fluffed his shot as the recovering defenders cleared.

Being 1-0 down never deflated Barrhead however, with O'Hare continuing to get the ball down the left and create with his clever movement and direct running towards Albion's defence. Several decent moments came from him, but it looked as though Albion were relatively comfortable in defence.

They'll be disappointed at how they conceded their equaliser. A corner from Noone was curled into the area, and with several Albion defenders leaping to clear it, it came off one of the unfortunate defenders and into their own net.

The equaliser brought a scrappy end to the first half in which both sides cancelled each other out. O'Hare's influence had waned towards the end of the opening period as the game was turned into a battle in the midfield and full of loose balls.

However, quality was on show for the majority of the half, and they went in at the break deservedly level.

  • Half Time:
  • Banks O' Dee Albion
  • 1-1
  • Barrhead YFC

Barrhead really grabbed this game by the scruff of the neck with some fluency in their movement. O'Hare was often seen drifting from side to side, but mainly operated down the left.

However, this allowed the impressive Lewis Barclay to bomb down the left occasionally and put in some dangerous crosses, which the Albion defenders were able to clear.

It was evident that a second goal was on its way however, and it came once again through that man O'Hare. He collected a through ball down the left before weaving past a couple of Albion defenders into the box, and then expertly curling past Jack King in the Albion goal to turn the game around.

It was no more than Barrhead deserved for their quick start to the half, in which they played with a high energy and a real efficiency and accuracy in their passing. 

Albion were just struggling to get any sustained period of pressure due to the bite that Barrhead had in the midfield, as they often won the ball in high areas of the pitch and looked threatening every time they did so.

Travis Raynard will be disappointed however when he slid in late on O'Hare in the penalty are, despite the Barrhead winger seemingly on the verge of being closed down. Barclay stepped up to send King the wrong way and make it 3-1.

Albion tried to push forward to desperately get back into the game, and whilst Innes was a standout as he tried to power forward with the ball, he wasn't getting enough help from his team-mates. Their moves often broke down in the final third due to poor passing or a lack of understanding.

Gaps were open for Barrhead to exploit on the counter, with O'Hare enjoying the freedom he was getting down the left. However a lack of openings made the game look as though it would peter out. Yet, there would be one final moment of brilliance from Barclay before the death.

A corner was floated into the penalty box by Lewis McGarry, and after the Albion defence headed the ball into the air, Barclay met it with a simply stunning overhead kick that took King by surprise and went into the back of the net. 

It was a fitting end to a fitting cup run for Barrhead, but Albion shouldn't feel down after what was a powerful run to the final in their own right.

  • Full Time:
  • Banks O' Dee Albion
  • 1-4
  • Barrhead YFC

Lineups

Banks O' Dee Albion
Barrhead YFC
1. Murray Burns
2. Jason Anderson
3. Ben Dalglish
4. Joseph Otto
5. Mario Raynard
6. Gary Livingstone
7. Jordan Lynch
8. Cameron Jappy
9. Travis Raynard
10. Lyle Innes
11. Lewis Brand
14. Charlie Stewart
15. Leon Forbes
17. Santiago Rivett
18. Struan Lumsden
19. Oliver Minshull
21. Jack King
1. Noah Campbell
2. Dylan Noone
3. Adam Unsworth
4. Christopher Brogan
5. Ross Ingram
6. Lewis Hobbs
7. Logan Morrison
8. Paul O'Hare
9. Lewis McGarry
10. Vincent Scott
12. Joshua Groen
14. Andrew McIntyre
15. Lewis Barclay
16. Ross Hay
18. Matthew Sorley
23. Sam Lochhead
Star Player
Banks O' Dee Albion
Barrhead YFC
Lyle Innes really tried to drag his team forward even at the worst of times. His explosive runs from the midfield were eye-catching and really opened up some opportunities for Albion. Unfortunately they couldn't make the most of those chances, but this was still an impressive display from Innes.
Paul O'Hare was undoubtedly the man of the match. There were many top performers for Barrhead, but O'Hare was at the heart of two of Barrhead's four goals with his trickery and ability to get past his man with ease. The skill he showed for his goal was top class, and everything good about Barrhead went through him.
Magic Moment
Banks O' Dee Albion
Barrhead YFC
Lyle Innes finished off Albion's goal well with a clever snapshot after the ball was parried to him. He was opportunistic and deserves credit for being in the right place at the right time.
Without doubt Lewis Barclay's wonderful overhead kick towards the end of the game was the moment of the match. He knew what he was doing and where he wanted the ball to go, watching and waiting for it to come down before showing sensational technique to rattle it home.
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