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Riverside strike late to beat Fairmuir

Riverside CSC 3

Richardson 26, 66, McDougall (p) 29

Fairmuir BC 2

Heenan 27, 44
  • Sunday, 28 October 2018
  • Riverside Pitches
  • Under 14´s
  • DDYFA DS Rennie League

Andrew Creegan

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Jamie Richardson’s late strike earned Riverside three points from their DS Rennie League tie with Fairmuir.

The striker netted from Liam Old’s pass to ensure Riverside keep up their unbeaten start to the season.

These sides contested last season’s Ross Ballantine Cup final, and while it was Fairmuir that lifted the silverware on that occasion, it was Riverside who started brightly and should have taken the lead after five minutes when Jamie Richardson was released behind the Fairmuir defence, only to drag his effort wide.

Riverside continued to dominate in the opening exchanges but Fairmuir nearly opened the scoring when the ball broke to Finlay Garty, who could only blaze the ball over the bar.

Fairmuir had goalkeeper Kieran Thomson to thank for keeping the score level when he denied Richardson from point-blank range.

The Riverside man did break the deadlock shortly after when a mix-up between Thomson and his defenders gifted Richardson an empty net to role the ball into.

Stuart Heenan has been Fairmuir’s man in form this season, and he wasted no time in bringing his side level. The forward curled a free kick past Jamie McCabe from the edge of the box less than a minute after Riverside had taken the lead.

The game had suddenly burst into life with Thomson denying Richardson once again before Brodie Cussick was penalised for a hand ball in the box. Aidan McDougall dispatched the resulting spot kick to give the game its third goal in as many minutes and ensure Riverside had the lead at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 2-1
  • Fairmuir BC

An early second half free kick presented Heenan the opportunity to draw Fairmuir level for a second time, but he couldn’t recreate his first half effort as the ball went wide of the target.

The game’s fourth goal did go Fairmuir’s way as Heenan rose at the back post and headed Thomas Cunningham’s cross past McCabe.

Despite the setback, Riverside continued to probe, but didn’t call Thomson into action until Richardson went through on 58 minutes, only to be denied by the keeper once again.

At the other end, McCabe was quick of his line to thwart Heenan who had powered his way into the box. The Fairmuir man opted to go himself rather than cut the ball back for a teammate.

There was still enough time remaining for another goal and it went the way of Riverside. Liam Old provided the pass for Richardson, who broke through on goal and lashed a shot past Thomson four minutes from time.

The Fairmuir keeper was called into action in the remaining minutes to keep out a curling free kick from Jaydn Burnett, but it wasn’t enough to stop Fairmuir falling to their first defeat of the season.

  • Full Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 3-2
  • Fairmuir BC

Lineups

Riverside CSC
Fairmuir BC
17. Jamie McCabe
2. Louis Jenkins
4. Alex Laing
5. Ryan Anderson
6. Adam Anderson
7. Jayden Burnett
8. Jamie Richardson
11. Mitchell Williams
12. Odin Chalmers
14. Cameron Buist
15. Liam Old
16. Kai Hamilton
18. Baily Dickson
19. Aidan McDougall
20. Frankie Hughes
21. Arran Taylor
20. Kieran Thomson
2. Jamie Fraser
3. Xander Barclay
4. Lewis Hornshaw
5. James Barclay
6. Brodie Cussick
7. Finlay Garty
8. Corey Finnie
9. Leo Norrie
10. Stuart Heenan
11. Harrison Smith
12. Kieran Duguid
14. Thomas Cunningham
15. Ryan Mulholland
16. Reece Suttenwood
17. Dylan Anderson
Star Player
Riverside CSC
Fairmuir BC
Liam Old - Bossed the midfield from the first whistle to the last and provided a pinpoint pass for the winner. A top performance.
Kieran Thomson - Pulled of a series of impressive saves throughout the match that kept Fairmuir in with a chance of taking something until the last minute.
Magic Moment
Riverside CSC
Fairmuir BC
Richardson's Second Goal - A perfect pass from Old and an emphatic finish from Richardson to seal the win for Riverside.
Heenan's Free Kick - A spectacular strike to bring Fairmuir level moments after they fell behind.
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