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Thistle hold Dryburgh to dent their title dreams

Dundee Thistle FC 1

Owens (OG) 51'

Dryburgh Athletic CC 1

Owens 34'
  • Sunday, 18 February 2018
  • Claypotts Park
  • Under 16´s
  • W Mills League

Andrew Creegan

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Luke Owens’ own goal dented Dryburgh CC’s title hopes as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee Thistle. Owens had given Dryburgh a first half lead but diverted Keiton Strachan’s free kick past Cammy Grant in the second half.

The visitor’s started brightly, with Kal Duncan forcing Thomas Egan into an early save with an effort from the edge of the box.

Both sides were battling in the midfield, which meant goal scoring chances were at a premium. Egan gathered Stuart Hoggan’s free kick at the second attempt before denying Paul Hutton.

Dryburgh opened the scoring six minutes before the interval through Luke Owens. Thistle failed to deal with Hoggan’s free kick from the left, and the ball broke to Owens, who drilled a low shot past Egan.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee Thistle FC
  • 0-1
  • Dryburgh Athletic CC

Thistle came flying out the traps at the start of the second half. Liam Myles was denied the equaliser by Cammy Grant’s outstretched leg less than a minute after the restart.

The hosts did level the score when Keiton Strachan’s free kick was turned past Grant by Owens from close range.

The equaliser was no more than Thistle deserved, and they continued to keep the pressure up on the Dryburgh goal. Connell Fraser fired wide after 55 minutes before Jack Renton headed over from a corner.

Myles was released behind the Dryburgh backline, but Grant smothered his effort. At the other end, Duncan poked wide as Dryburgh tried to force their way back into the game.

Fraser saw a half volley from 20 yards kept out by Grant before Ben Miller passed up the chance to win the game for Dryburgh. The winger was played in behind the Thistle defence but sliced his effort wide.

McAuley fired a shot from the left hand side of the box narrowly wide, before Egan denied Miller with the last kick of the game, as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee Thistle FC
  • 1-1
  • Dryburgh Athletic CC


Dundee Thistle FC
Dryburgh Athletic CC
1. Thomas Egan
2. Jack Renton
3. Liam Charnock
4. Paddy McAuley
6. Calvin Fraser
8. Jack Todd
10. Dylan Denham
11. Keiton Strachan
12. Connell Fraser
15. Stephen Fraser
16. Jamie Cameron
17. Blair Henderson
18. Liam Myles
1. Cammy Grant
3. Marc Roy
4. Luki Kowalski
5. Kal Duncan
6. Stuart Hoggan
7. Reece Hurrell
8. Josh Cairns
9. Jack Whyte
11. Ryan Lawson
12. Robbie Worsley
13. Josh Petrie
14. Jay McDonald
15. Luke Owens
16. Ben Millar
19. David Stewart
20. Paul Hutton
Star Player
Dundee Thistle FC
Dryburgh Athletic CC
Blair Henderson - It was a team effort from Thistle that won them the points, but Henderson marshalled the defence well.
Cammy Grant - After a quiet first half, Grant produced several important stops in the second half to stop Dryburgh slipping to defeat.
Magic Moment
Dundee Thistle FC
Dryburgh Athletic CC
Owen's Own Goal - Not the prettiest goal Dundee Thistle have scored this season, but one that secured them a well earned point.
Owens' Goal - A fine finish that gave his side a deserved lead.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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