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Monifieth leave it late as Lorente clinches John Clark Motors Cup

Pitfour FC 1

Clos 44'

Monifieth Athletic 2

Boyle 15', Lorente 77'
  • Sunday, 28 April 2019
  • North End Park
  • Under 16´s
  • John Clark Motors Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Aidan Lorente’s late volley clinched the John Clark Motors Cup for Monifieth as they edged out Pitfour in the tightest of cup finals.

Paddy Boyle had given Monifieth a first half lead before Ben Clos levelled proceedings early in the second half before Lorente met Aaron Dewar’s free kick three minutes from time.

Pitfour’s Ross Cameron saw an early effort blocked as his side looked to make up for their 2-0 league defeat to Monifieth seven days earlier.

After a back and forth opening to the game, it was Monifieth that broke the deadlock after 15 minutes through Paddy Boyle. The midfielder turned in the box before drilling a low strike past Archie Kelly-Barton from just inside the box.

Jordan Turnbull was denied by Thomas Welsh as Pitfour went in search of an equaliser, before the referee awarded Monifieth an indirect free kick eight yards from goal, much to the bewilderment of the Pitfour players. Arran Ferry teed up Ruari McQuillan, who saw his effort deflected behind for a corner.

McQuillan went close to doubling Monifieth’s advantage when he pounced on a poor header from Charlie Edward, but saw his header drop wide of the post.

  • Half Time:
  • Pitfour FC
  • 0-1
  • Monifieth Athletic

Having done little to threaten the Monifieth goal in the first half, Pitfour were gifted an equaliser four minutes into the second period thanks to a mistake from Welsh. The

Monifieth keeper looked to have dealt with a long ball into the box, but inexplicably dropped the ball allowing Ben Clos a simple finish into an empty net to bring Pitfour level.

Monifieth nearly regained the lead when Elliot McCafferty hit the post from a corner, before Kelly-Barton was forced into a smart save to keep out another of the winger’s dangerous deliveries.

As both sets of players battled to find a second goal, neither goalkeeper was seriously tested. Clos looked to have provided the piece of quality that the second half had sorely missed when he jinked into the Monifieth box, but his strike rattled the post with Welsh beaten.

Ally Alcorn went close with a header that looped narrowly wide before going through one-on-one with Welsh, but the Monifieth keeper produced a fantastic save with his feet to deny Pitfour’s leading marksman.

With three minutes remaining, Monifieth took the lead through Aidan Lorente. Aaron Dewar delivered a pinpoint free kick to the back post, where Lorente was on hand to volley the ball past Kelly-Barton from close range to clinch the cup for Monifieth.

  • Full Time:
  • Pitfour FC
  • 1-2
  • Monifieth Athletic

Lineups

Pitfour FC
Monifieth Athletic
1. Archie Kelly-Barton
3. Ross Cameron
5. Kairn Brand
6. Charlie Edward
7. Ben Clos
8. Andrew Allan
10. Oliver Farquharson
11. Alistar Alcorn
12. Kieran Sweeney
14. Rory Lamond
15. Kieran Forber
17. Elliot Scott
18. Jordan Turnbull
1. Thomas Welsh
4. Aaron Dewar
7. Elliot McCafferty
8. Sean Kydd
9. Jamie Lannon
10. Aidan Lorente
11. Arran Ferry
12. Ross McLean
14. Paddy Boyle
15. Greg Will
18. Cameron Knight
26. Dylan Ferguson
29. Ruari McQuillan
30. Moby Ogunlaja
31. Findlay Fullerton
34. Sandy Buchan
35. Cammy Low
Star Player
Pitfour FC
Monifieth Athletic
Ben Clos - The Pitfour wide man was a threat when he was on the pitch and was only denied what may have been the winning goal by the woodwork.
Aidan Lorente - Kept things controlled at the back for Monifieth and showed his quality in the box late on to win his side the cup.
Magic Moment
Pitfour FC
Monifieth Athletic
Clos's Goal - A gift of a goal, but they all count and it gave Pitfour a platform that they nearly used to win the cup.
Lorenete's Goal - A fantastic finish from the Monifieth captain that was worthy of winning any game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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