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Fourgone Conclusion: Morgan beat Menziehill to cup

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Morgan Academy Under 15s
Menziehill High School Under 15s
Competition: Senior Sports Cup
Venue: Den's Park
Date: 28/04/2012
Author: Joe Birchenall
A minutes applause before kickoff at Den’s Park marked the tragic demise of a young Morgan Academy pupil and was a very touching moment of true compassion as fans, players and officials alike came together to honour the sadly departed. Morgan Academy went on to put 4 past Menziehill High School as they strode to victory on a cold and wet Friday night. Early goals within minutes of kick off, in both halves, sent the boys from Stobswell well on their way to victory and they never really looked back as they punished Menziehill for chasing the game later in the second half with two well worked goals.

Within mere minutes of the first blast of the referee’s whistle, Declan Cowan had latched on to a bouncing ball inside the Menziehill penalty box following a lofted free kick. Loose defending allowed the young man enough time to fire home low and hard past Kieran Coates in goal. A stunning blow so early in the tie which was always likely to be a setback to the Menziehill game plan but, to their credit, they composed themselves well and battled hard to find a way back into the fixture.

Cameron Black, Callum Crichton and Kieran Neave all fired shots wide of target for Menziehill whilst Jack Neave looked skilful in possession as he looked to get forward as often as possible. However, almost against the run of play it was Morgan who came closest to scoring, on 28 minutes, as first Cowan raced through on goal only to chip a shot just wide. Minutes later Frankie Devine was through on goal again but like his teammate he could not convert either.

Morgan’s reluctance in front of goal almost allowed Menziehill back into the game as, minutes from half time, Conan Howett saw a looped header strike against the post and bounce harmlessly out as a hapless goalkeeper watched on. Howett’s luck was clearly not in however as moments later he had another effort on goal cleared dramatically off the line by Connor Airlie and the referee brought the half to a close. Supporters were treated to a tense and exciting first half in which either team could have laid valid claim to being the superior force.

Half Time: Morgan Academy Under 15s 1-0 Menziehill High School Under 15s

As in the first half, Morgan were straight out of the starting blocks and immediately bearing down on their opponents goals. Strong pressure all over the park forced Menziehill to pay for a little sluggishness after the break. A defensive misunderstanding between goalkeeper and left back allowed Eddie Grant to steal in, picked up the loose ball and slot home coolly inside the first three minutes. De ja vu for Menziehill, and not the good kind.

With a two goal cushion Morgan started to allow their opponents more time on the ball and Menziehill did start to string a few passes together in menacing fashion. However, the Morgan backline was more than up to the challenge as they broke up play, intercepted and tackled fiercely, hardly allowing a shot on goal.

Menziehill struggled to find a foothold in the game given the scoreline, but they continued to plug away and created chances without ever really threatening. Eventually however, with ten minutes to play, chasing goals caught up to them and Ryan Burry was on hand to tuck away a neat finish to the bottom right of Coates’ goal to make it 3 - 0. Intricate team passing had seen an outnumbered defence split; giving Burry all the time he could have wanted as he bore down on goal.

In response to going a third goal down, Menziehill won two corners in quick succession before any chance of an unlikely comeback was well and truly quelled with a fourth goal. Burry was again in the right place at the right time and most crucially with the right finish to hammer home the final blow. Far too much time and space allowed Devine and Cowan to relay passes before picking out the striker who finished off the move, and the game, well.

A tense affair that was ultimately decided by two early goals that subdued to Menziehill attack sufficiently to allow the Morgan defence relative dominance. Whilst Menziehill should no doubt be commended for their effort in the face of adversity, Morgan were more than deserving victors who played well from start to finish and got the luck when they needed it most.

Full Time: Morgan Academy Under 15s 4-0 Menziehill High School Under 15s
Morgan Academy Under 15s
Menziehill High School Under 15s
1. Jordan Mudie
2. Del Ross
3. Connor Airlie
4. Ashton Milroy
5. Connor Lawson
6. Edward Grant
7. Frankie Divine
8. Ryan Burry
9. Declan Cowan
10. Olu Oke
11. Ian Thomson
12. Hashim Anwar
13. Daniel Ferrie
14. Liam Roddy
15. Bradley Arilie
16. Cam McMahon
1.Keiran Coates
2. Scott Muir
3. Jack Kneave
4. Liam Dunn
5. Cameron Black
6. Anthony Myers
7. Alistair Nicholson
8. Callum Crichton
9. Conan Howett
10. Kieran Neave
11. Owen McCabe
12. Lewis Mitchell
13. Daniel Johnstone
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Joe Birchenall

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