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Elation for East Fife Youth Academy with Spring Cup win

Bayside 2001 0

East Fife Youth Acdemy 4

Davidson 43(p), 90, Ross 70, MacKenzie 79
  • Sunday, 29 April 2018
  • Treaton Park, Star of Markinch
  • Under 17´s
  • AFYFC Spring Cup
It was a joyful day for East Fife Youth Academy last Sunday as they beat Bayside 2001 4-0 at Treaton Park to lift the Spring Cup.
A double from Adam Davidson, as well as strikes from Cameron Ross and a stunning free-kick from Jordan MacKenzie saw East Fife over the line in an entertaining cup final as Star of Markinch.
The first opportunity of the match went the way of Bayside as they hit a stunning strike from outside the area, which looked to be heading directly into the top corner, only for Fifers 'keeper Kyle Moran to produce a stunning save.
The opening stages were rather tense as both sides were perhaps unwilling to take too many risks for fear of making a mistake and losing their chance at a trophy. East Fife were perhaps having the better opportunities, though Bayside were defending strongly, not allowing their opponents any time to fire off shots.
Adam Davidson was looking the most likely to break down the Bayside defence and had fired a few shots over the bar in an effort to test Bayside 'keeper James Webb.
The Fifers had their best chance just shy of the 20-minute mark when Jordan MacKenzie was played through. However his touch was too heavy and Webb did well to get ahead of the striker and clear the danger.
Davidson nearly had his side in front a minute later when he fired a shot in the six-yard box towards goal, only to incredibly have it blocked by one of his teammates. 
Bayside were struggling to really test Moran in the East Fife goal and could only muster a free-kick on the half-hour mark. It was taken by Mitchell McGonigal and it was fired over the bar.
East Fife finally made the breakthrough on the 43rd minute when they were awarded a penalty after an East Fife forward was brought down in the box. Adam Davidson stepped up and made no mistake, sending the 'keeper the wrong way and giving his side a crucial lead going into half-time.
  • Half Time:
  • Bayside 2001
  • 0-1
  • East Fife Youth Acdemy
East Fife were keen not to allow Bayside back into the match and had the advantage of playing downhill for the second half. Davidson tried to make that advantage count with a long shot inside two minutes, only to skew the shot just wide.
Bayside nearly had a great opportunity to drqaw level when McGonigal capitalised on an error in the East Fife backline to snatch the ball and advance on goal. It only took a vital last-minute challenge from Jake Horsburgh to snuff out the danger.
They had another opportunity on the 54th minute when McGonigal hit another free-kick which was fumbled by Moran. Fortunately for the stopper there were defenders standing by to get rid of the danger as they Bayside attackers advanced.
East Fife eventually doubled their lead on the 70 minute mark when some great work down the right-wing from Jamie Allan gave him space to send a low cross in towards Cameron Ross who had the simple task of slotting past Webb.
It was three in the 79th minute when East Fife were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area after Webb was judged to have handled outside the area. The ball was laid off to MacKenzie who fired a bullet shot right into the top corner.
The scoring wasn't finished however and it was Davidson who rounded off a great day for East Fife in the 90th minute, placing a low shot past Webb into the bottom corner.
A great performance from East Fife against a worthy Bayside squad and I am sure they will be proud to call themselves champions. 
  • Full Time:
  • Bayside 2001
  • 0-4
  • East Fife Youth Acdemy


Bayside 2001
East Fife Youth Acdemy
1. James Webb
2. Craig Wright
3. Murray Simmons
4. Calum Witton
5. David MacDougall
6. Kieran Rae
7. Harris Bruce
8. Lewis Dodds
9. Ewan Strang
10. Mitchell McGonigal
11. Scott Robertson
12. Cameron Dowie
14. Sean Henderson
1. Kyle Moran
2. Cameron Ross
3. Liam Gillies
4. Adam Davidson
5. Nathan Laird
6. Jake Horsburgh
7. Matthew Hutchison
8. Jamie Allan
9. Jay Rodger
12. John Beattie
14. Greg Houston
16. Jack Matheson
17. Lewis Rosie
18. Jordan MacKenzie
20. Robbie Thomson
21. James Paterson
Star Player
Bayside 2001
East Fife Youth Acdemy
Mitchell McGonigal - Played well and was easily Bayside's best attacking outlet. Showed good footwork and kept on going despite falling behind.
Adam Davidson - A constant menace to the Bayside backline and capped off the great performance with two well deserved goals.
Magic Moment
Bayside 2001
East Fife Youth Acdemy
Always difficult to pick a magic moment for the losing side. Bayside will have been happy to have made it to the final and will look on this match as a vital learning experience
Jordan MacKenzie's stunning free-kick was extremely well taken and left the Bayside 'keeper no chance.
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