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DUSC do the double after hitting Arbroath for six

Arbroath Lads Club 0

Dundee United SC 6

Old 2, Bruce 11, L. Massie 24, Holmes 28, 56, Todd 59
  • Sunday, 22 April 2018
  • North End Park
  • Under 13´s
  • The Marshall Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Dundee United SC made it a league and cup double as they hit Arbroath Lads for six in the final of The Marshall Cup. Liam Old, Jamie Bruce, Layton Massie and Freddie Holmes all scored in the first half, with Holmes netting again in the second as did Harvey Todd.

Arbroath prop up the P Gibson League table, and they got off to the worst possible start as Liam Old opened the scoring after 80 seconds. Arbroath could only clear a corner as far as the DUSC skipper, who swept the ball into the net from 15 yards.

The early goal settled any pre-game nerves amongst the DUSC players, as they began to show why they’re champions. Having already punished Arbroath from a set piece, DUSC doubled their lead after 11 minutes in emphatic fashion.

Arbroath keeper Cooper Robb did well to punch a corner clear at his near post but could only stand and watch as Jamie Bruce rifled the loose ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

Things nearly got worse for Arbroath seven minutes later as Harvey Todd was sent through on goal, but he slipped as he went to pull the trigger and Arbroath survived.

Robb got down well to deny Layton Massie from close range at a corner but was helpless when he smacked the ball into the net from all of 25 yards.

Old went close to adding a fourth but saw Logan Mackie head his effort onto the bar. DUSC didn’t have to wait long for a fourth as Logan Farquharson’s cross from the left was guided past Robb by Freddie Holmes.

Thomas Cunningham was causing Arbroath all sorts of problems throughout the first half and he was denied twice in quick succession, firstly by the post and secondly by Robb who produced a fine diving save to keep the deficit at four.

  • Half Time:
  • Arbroath Lads Club
  • 0-4
  • Dundee United SC

Cunningham jinked his way into the Arbroath box in the first minute of the second half but failed to hit the target. Arbroath’s first chance of the game came when Kyle Hood got his head on a long free kick, but he couldn’t hit the target from close range.

Holmes went close with two acrobatic efforts as DUSC looked to extend their lead. Arbroath were giving a better account of themselves in the second half without ever troubling DUSC keeper Alister Brown.

With 53 minutes gone, DUSC put the game to bed. Layton Massie whipped in a corner from the left, and Holmes managed to prod the ball in despite the best efforts of Robb.

Three minutes later, they made it six. Harvey Todd picked the ball up on the left-hand side of the box and curled a shot across Robb into the top corner.

Despite the score line, this result was Arbroath’s best result against DUSC this season. They were caught cold in the first half with the early goals, but in the second half gave it a good go and were perhaps unfortunate not to grab a goal for their efforts.

While they were on the wrong end of the result, their cup run has brought the best out of them this season and should give them hope that they can go one better next season.

As for DUSC, this was an excellent performance to cap what has been a remarkable season for them. Given the two side’s positions in the league table, it would have been easy for them to turn up with the mentality that the cup was one and be caught out but that wasn’t the case, and they put on an excellent display, with a couple of goal of the season contenders to boot.

Next season will present a different challenge for them in the top flight. While there will be a step up in standard, DUSC are a side that know how to win games and score goals, so shouldn’t be taken lightly by anyone.

  • Full Time:
  • Arbroath Lads Club
  • 0-6
  • Dundee United SC

Lineups

Arbroath Lads Club
Dundee United SC
1. Cooper Robb
2. Thomas Alexander
3. Logan Marr
4. Declan Walls
5. David Cargill
7. Alex Johnston
8. Kenny Nelson
10. Cory Pyott
11. Keaton Scott
15. Kyle Hood
17. Logan Mackie
18. Liam McHardy
21. Ben Middleton
1. Alister Brown
2. Dylan Small
4. Daniel McInroy
6. Liam Old
7. Thomas Cunningham
8. Mathew Phillips
9. Harvey Todd
12. Jamie Bruce
13. Charlie Johnston
14. Freddie Holmes
15. Finlay Massie
16. Jo Jo Campbell
17. Layton Massie
19. Logan Farquharson
20. Nairn Dailly
Star Player
Arbroath Lads Club
Dundee United SC
Cooper Robb - The Arbroath keeper made several fine saves throughout the match. He epitomised his side's never say die attitude and kept the score respectable.
Liam Old - The DUSC captain got his side off to the perfect start and ran the show for the duration of the final, pulling the strings from the middle of the park.
Magic Moment
Arbroath Lads Club
Dundee United SC
Robb's Save from Massie - The Arbroath keeper made several good stops, but this reaction save was straight out of the top drawer.
Massie's Goal - There were plenty of contenders amongst the DUSC goals, but Massie's thumping finish was the pick of the bunch.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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