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Cairneyhill claim trophy with shootout win

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Cairneyhill United
Kennoway United
Conners 5
Scott 15(pen), 41 
Band 10, 57
Wallace 80

(Cairneyhill United win 2-1 on penalties) 

U16 Toorie Winters Cup Final
Humbug Park, Crossgates

Sam Robertson

By Sam Robertson
YFS East Region Reporter
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Cairneyhill United were crowned Toorie Winters Cup champions after a win on penalties following a 3-3 draw with Kennoway United. Cameron Scott scored twice and Kerr Conners once for Cairneyhill while Kieran Band scored twice for Kennoway along with one from Conor Wallace. 

The game started fairly evenly with both teams struggling to settle in to the game and it began in fairly scrappy fashion. Cairneyhill took the lead with the first real chance of the game on 5 minutes. A free kick from the left hand side was swung in by Kerr Conners and the ball evaded everyone, including the Kennoway goalkeeper, and nestled in the far corner. 

Kennoway looked to respond quickly and almost instantly equalised when Kieran Band broke through but his shot was well saved by Cairneyhill 'keeper Moray Waite. Band then broke through in almost identical fashion moments later and this time the forward made no mistake in slotting the ball past the 'keeper to draw level.

The frantic start to the game continued as both teams were struggling to keep the ball for sustained periods of time and Cairneyhill got the chance to go back in front 3 minutes later as Cameron Scott's shot was parried away by Jamie Hancock and Callum Simpson looked certain to tap in the rebound but was hauled down by Kennoway skipper Harris Young and the referee had no other option but to point to the spot. Cameron Scott took the kick and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to restore Cairneyhill's lead.

The game settled down a little after the goal and both sides created chances before the break. Kennoway had chances through Conor Wallace and Gary Kinsella but were both denied by the Cairneyhill 'keeper and Kieran Band had a speculative volleyed effort from distance which flew just over the bar. Cairneyhill's dangerous winger Cameron Scott created a few half chances for himself but the closest he came to scoring was a volley which went a yard or so over the bar. It was a closely contested first half as Cairneyhill went into the second half with a narrow lead.

Half Time: Cairneyhill United 2-1 Kennoway United

The second half started in similar fashion to the first and Cairneyhill got a third goal within two minutes of the restart. Cameron Scott collected the ball 20 yards from goal, quickly turned and fired a shot low into the bottom corner to get his second goal of the game. 

Kennoway's chances of victory were looking slim at this point and it almost got worse for them when Scott broke through again but he volleyed just wide of the goal. Cairneyhill kept the pressure up and were denied twice in the space of two minutes by Jamie Hancock, firstly from a Daniel Niven shot and then from a Kerr Conners free kick.

Cairneyhill were looking likely to add a fourth goal but Kennoway brought a goal back against the run of play when Kieran Band made space in the box for a shot and fired past the goalkeeper well. The goal spurred Kennoway on to try and find an equaliser but didn't create many opportunities despite their possession. Ben Storrar came closest with a long range effort which flew over the bar. 

Time was running out for Kennoway who had dominated the final 20 minutes of the game but couldn't create anything. However, in the final minutes of the game Kieran Band's shot was blocked and Ben Storrar's rebound hit the bar. It looked like that would be the final chance for Kennoway but in the final seconds of regulation Conor Wallace found himself with the ball in the box and he made no mistake in volleying the ball into the back of the net. Jubilation amongst the Kennoway players as the game headed to extra time.

Full Time: Cairneyhill United 3-3 Kennoway United

Extra time was fairly quiet with only a few goalscoring chances opening up and both fell to Cairneyhill. In the 5th minute of extra time an overhead kick attempt from Euan Kelso found Euan Brown at the back post in acres of space but his shot came back off the inside of the post and into the hands of the grateful Kennoway 'keeper. 

The second chance came in the final minute of injury time when Craig Allison found himself in a similar position to Brown at the back post but he was off balance when he made contact with the ball and his volley was sliced wide and the game went to penalties.

Kennoway's Callum Winn was up first, and he picked out the top right hand corner with a superb spot kick. Cairneyhill's first penalty was just as good, with Cameron Scott finding the bottom corner. From then on goalkeepers were on top, with the next five spot kicks missed. Daniel Niven then held his nerve for Cairneyhill before Waite pulled off one final save to seal the cup for the boys in yellow and blue.

Final Result: Cairneyhill United 3-3 Kennoway United (Cairneyhill win 2-1 on penalties)


Cairneyhill United Kennoway United
1. Moray Waite
2. Euan Bryant
3. James Shields
4. Adam Ranken
7. Kerr Conners
8. Liam Fairbairn
9. Euan Brown
10. Thomas Campbell
11. Cameron Scott 
12. Euan Kelso 
15. Craig Allison
16. Callum Simpson
17. Daniel Niven
18. Lewis Mitchell
19. Scott Anstruther
21. Darin Morgan
1. Jamie Hancock
2. Callum Winn
3. Jack Taylor
4. Harris Young
5. Will Jones
6. David Balfour
7. Kieran Band
8. Callum Wood
9. Conor Wallace
10. Gary Kinsella
11. Ross McMurdo
15. Ben Storrar
17. Janek Adams
20. Conrad Perera

Cameron Scott looked a dangerous threat down the left hand side for his team and contributed to the win with two goals.
Kieran Band lit the game up with his technical ability as well as his burning pace. By far his side's best player and gave his team a boost with two goals.
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