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Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers Under 19s


Claremont AFC Reds Under 19s 

Competition: LFDA Cup - Final

Venue: Tileworks Stonehouse (Stonehouse Violet)

Date: 27/05/2012

Author: Ryan Rowe

Claremont AFC Reds v Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers (19s)Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers and Claremont AFC Reds produced a fiery encounter is yesterday's LFDA Cup Final, to go hand-in-hand with the scorching weather. Both teams gave their all and put on a good show.
The first chance fell the way of Claremont, as Stuart Lowe headed high over the bar from 6 yards out on 3 minutes.
Moments later Wishaw had their first attempt on goal. Jordan Welsh drove a low shot across goal but it was cleared off the line and out for a corner. The ball ended up falling to Alan Prentice on the edge of the area from that corner, but his powerful shot blasted narrowly over.

Wishaw kept up that early pressure and continued to push forward, and were rewarded with the lead on fifteen minutes. A dangerous cross was swung in with pace and curve and James Faughnan leaped ahead of his marker to power the ball high into the net. 1-0 Wishaw.
On the twenty minute mark of this explosive cup tie, we were hit with more drama. Claremont's most dangerous player so far, James Murphy, hit an ambitious cross-come-shot on the half-volley from the near right corner flag. Jordan Brown in the Wishaw goal just managed to catch the ball. However, under pressure, he fell backwards and into the net, with the ball crossng the line. The goal was initially given as everyone looked to the linesman but moments later, a foul was given and Claremont were left reeling.
Apart from the noteworthy chances, the first half hour consisted of little flowing football, perhaps due to the searing heat. What we did witness though, was plenty of fiery tackles as the teams battled to dominate, with Wishaw perhaps doing so better. The forty-five minutes drew to a close with the Wanderers bombarding the Claremont goalmouth. Jordan Welsh had two shots cleared off the goal-line as Wishaw's attacks promised much but gave no goals.
Claremont did manange to manufacture a chance in the closing stages of the half. Ryan Doran's precise, direct long throw was met by the head of Ross Bryden, but he flicked the ball narrowly past the mark. From here, Wishaw keeper Brown kicked the ball out left, for the winger to play a lovely diagonal ball to switch play. The subsequent cross was met by Jamie Moir, timing his run well, to tap home to deliver a sucker punch.
Wishaw could have put the game beyond doubt seconds beofre the end of the half but Faughnan's strike thrashed into the side netting only. The whistle blew to end a competitive first period, as things boiled up between players, with Wishaw two goals up.
Half Time: Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers Under 21s 2-0 Claremont AFC Reds Under 19s

Claremont AFC Reds v Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers (19s)The second half began fairly uneventuflly apart from a Moir header whistling wide of the Claremont goal. The heat was taking its toll on the players but fifteen minutes in, Claremont had a golden chance to pull a goal back. Murphy struck a volley across the face was so so nearly diverted in by Shaun Young. Wishaw's Moir had another chance minutes later as he was played through with space in the box, but the keeper was equal to his effort as Claremont were keen to hold on to their chance of a comeback.
This chance was given a lifeline as Claremont were awarded a penalty on seventy-five minutes. James Murphy stepped up and dispatched the kick coolly down the middle with composure.
A few minutes later though, the Wanderers scuppered the chances of a comeback. As thr last ten minutes approached Derri Brown had a free-kick that looped and swerved over the head of Ross Calder in goal, into the top corner from a distant 35 yards. 3-1.
Things had been fizzing up all day but we were still shocked by three red cards in quick succession in a mad five minutes during the closing stages.
Wishaw acted as though the game was already won, but Brown showed them this was not the case, having to bail his team out on a few occasions in the closing stages, preventing a resurgent Claremont from scoring.
Wishaw had the two final chances of the game as they looked to round off victory. Lee Miller had both chances but Ross Clader did well to block them both and keep the score respectable.
Noteworthy mentions for man of the match include Wanderers keeper Brown, who made several good saves and was brave during the game. James Faughnan and Jamie Moir were the most productive going forward while for Claremont, James Murphy was dangerous and committed, using the ball well and Sam Lynas put in a very attractive performance. John Griffin was solid at the back and competitive in the air, and always willing to tackle and put his body on the line as the last man. Faughnan and Griffin were perhaps the most effective.

Full Time: Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers Under 19s 3-1 Claremont AFC Reds Under 19s

Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers Under 19s

Claremont AFC Reds Under 19s

1. Jordan Brown
2. Kyle Richardson
3. Darren Reid
5. Derri Brown
6. Alan Prentice
7. Lee Miller
8. Jordan Welsh
9. Billy Tweedie
10. Jamie Moir
11. Aaron Bulloch
12. Aidan Dobbin
14. James Faughnan
15. Glen Sneddon
16. David Watson
17. Ross McIlloney

1. Ross Calder
2. Scott Grant
3. Stuart Lowe
4. Ryan Doran
5. John Griffin
6. Ross Bryden
7. James Murphy
8. Sam Lynas
9. Shaun Young
10. Callum Montgomery
11. Dominic Cowie
12. Daniel Cameron
14. Simon Orr
15. Kevin McBrearty
16. Josh Kane
17. Matt Nichol


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Ryan Rowe

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