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Five-star East Craigie complete double treble with Elwood Cup win

Kirrie Thistle 1

Barnett 90

East Craigie Swifts 5

Bannon 28, Gardiner 31, 41, Lornie 47, Burr (p) 68
  • Sunday, 20 May 2018
  • North End Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Henry Dolan Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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East Craigie Swifts completed the double treble as they turned on the style against Kirrie Thistle in the final of the Henry Dolan Cup. A first half double from Keir Gardiner followed Ethan Bannon’s opener.

Reece Lornie and Hayden Burr netted in the second half, with Aaron Barnett heading in a Kirrie consolation late on.

This was East Craigie’s second cup final of the season, while for Kirrie it was a first ever cup final appearance. Rohan Brown had the Angus side’s first chance after seven minutes but didn’t trouble Charlie Kennedy with his volley.

Keir Gardiner was sent in behind the Kirrie defence after 18 minutes, but goalkeeper Eoin McNicol denied the striker. Aidan Mcirvine headed over from a corner not long after as East Craigie searched for the opener.

The Dave Pullar League champions did find the opener in somewhat fortunate circumstances. Callum McCleary’s shot was kept out by McNicol and the loose ball was cleared into the back of Grant Prain by Callum Milne, giving Ethan Bannon a simple finish from close range.

The nature of the goal was a blow for Kirrie, and they soon found themselves two down as Gardiner headed home Rhys Beattie’s cross from close range.

Reece Lornie was denied by McNicol before Kennedy tipped Ryan Cormack’s strike round the post. McNicol pulled off a fine one-handed save to keep out McCleary’s shot.

Six minutes before the break, East Craigie scored again. Gardiner chased down a long ball, and his persistence was rewarded when McNicol miskicked the ball straight into his path, and he rolled it into the empty net.

  • Half Time:
  • Kirrie Thistle
  • 0-3
  • East Craigie Swifts

East Craigie didn’t let up in the second half, as they needed just two minutes to add a fourth. McCleary jinked into the box and set up Lornie, who netted from close range.

Prain headed over from a Kirrie corner, but when Milne took down Gardiner in the box, East Craigie had the chance to extend their lead. Harden Burr stepped up and made no mistake, sending McNicol the wrong way.

Lornie found McCleary in the box late on but he blazed the ball over. Kirrie did have something to cheer when Aaron Barnett headed home in injury time to reduce the deficit.

  • Full Time:
  • Kirrie Thistle
  • 1-5
  • East Craigie Swifts


Kirrie Thistle
East Craigie Swifts
1. Eoin McNicol
2. Aaron Barnett
4. Rohan Brown
5. Tobias Carlin
6. Grant Prain
7. Andrew Kettles
8. David Mcfarlane
9. Owen Kerrigan
10. Aodahn Glenn
11. David Carr
12. Matthew McSheffrey
14. Liam Shaw
15. Martin Gourlay
16. Jack Neave
18. Ryan Cormack
20. Callum Milne
1. Charlie Kennedy
2. Reece Lornie
3. Euan Fallon
4. Rhys Beattie
5. Hayden Burr
6. Aidan Mcirvine
7. Ethan Bannon
8. Max Flucker
10. Finlay Baird
11. Ewan Faulkner
12. Callum McCleary
15. Cameron Christie
16. Keir Gardiner
18. Matt Mckinnon
Star Player
Kirrie Thistle
East Craigie Swifts
Eoin McNicol - The Kirrie keeper made a mistake for East Craigie's third, but pulled of several important stops to keep the score down.
Reece Lornie - The East Craigie midfielder ran the show, dictating play in the centre of the park and getting himself on the scoresheet in the second half.
Magic Moment
Kirrie Thistle
East Craigie Swifts
Barnett's Goal - The defender showed real determination to get his head on the ball and reduce the deficit late on.
Gardiner's First Goal - A pinpoint cross from Beattie and a textbook header from Gardiner to get himself off the mark.
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