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Lenzie move Swift-ly into last 16 thanks to hat-trick hero

Albion Boys Club 3

Christie, Hutchison, Smith

Lenzie Youth Club 4

Swift (3), O'Brien
  • Sunday, 17 November 2013
  • Spain Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup
This Sunday Aberdeen's Spain Park was the setting for the fourth round Scottish Cup match up of Albion Boys Club and Lenzie Youth Club.  With the home side Albion in there red home kit and Lenzie visiting in blue, it was a heated meeting from kick-off. 
 
Albion captain Kyle Smith led by example from the start, getting stuck in well and making it hard for Lenzie to settle into their stride.  Play went out to the right wing where through excellent play by Albion's Lewis Hutchison, who produced a fine cross, Ross Christie  took the opportunity to put his Albion side a goal up. 
 
Both sides defences settled into the game more efficiently as play went on.  Firstly Dario Rossi of Lenzie keeping his head under pressure and playing the ball away neatly, and then Sam Mcgale again of Lenzie doing well to sweep up in front of his back four. 
 
The second chance of the game again fell to Albion, who were doing well to pressure Lenzie.  Hutchison tested Lenzie's goalkeeper with a looping effort which the keeper did well to deal with. 
 
It was then the turn of the Albion goalkeeper to make a smart save as Lenzie's Calvin O'brien was played in.  Lenzie continued to grow in confidence as Lewis swift attempted an unsuccessful lob on goal after he and his strike partner O'brien had pressured Albion's defence. 
 
As Lenzie grew more attacking, the defence of Albion only improved.  Euan Dalmon of Albion showed great athleticism to chase back and close down Lenzie's wingers on numerous occasions, stopping potential chances on goal. 
 
Albion with the confidence their defence was emulating again began to create a flurry of chances.  Connor Wood and Smith both had runs at Lenzie defenders, with Smith having a low shot into the corner just being saved by Lenzie's stopper.
 
From this chance however Lenzie were straight on the break, Swift was played in one on one with Albion's keeper, who pulled off a brilliant save down low to keep Albion in the lead.  Swift continued to look dangerous as he made himself another chance which once more the Albion keeper was up to. 
 
Albion's Dalmon an ever presence in Albion's back line after determined work deep in his own half played through Smith, who continued to look dangerous by putting in a great cross, only for the keeper to come out and collect it.  Smith had a chance on goal himself shortly afterwards, being played in neatly by Hutchison before working Lenzie's goalkeeper. 
 
As play came to an end in the first half it appeared Lenzie would have one final attack.  O'Brien, able to win the ball in the air managed to play in Swift, who managed to beat Albion's goalkeeper to the top right of the goal, meaning at half time the score was one apiece.  
  • Half Time:
  • Albion Boys Club
  • 1-1
  • Lenzie Youth Club
The second half began with even more intensity, Albion having conceded just before the break were quick to test the Lenzie defence.  A deflected cross worked the Lenzie goalkeeper, but the young stopper did well to stop it from reaching any opponent. 
 
A mix up by the Albion defence almost proved costly when Lenzie's Robbie McGale was left in space to make a darting run.  Albion's Logan Johnstone however was quick to recover, stopping the attacker in his tracks. 
 
Two opportunities in quick succession then dropped to Albion, firstly with Calum Beattie whipping in a cross which tested Lenzie's resolve and then a dropping shot being attempted by Smith from the clearance.  Both sets of fans being impressed by Lenzie's goalkeeper managing to scramble onto the ball.
 
Somewhat against the run of play however, Lenzie's Swift found himself able to put his side a goal up.  A teasing ball played in by McGale was met by the head of swift in a diving effort, a brilliant way to take the lead.
 
Lenzie, appeared inspired from this sudden change of fortunes and it was not long before another chance was created.  O'Brien began a great run down the left hand side but saw his effort dragged inches wide of the far post. 
 
It was then the turn of Albion's Hutchison to impress, as from nothing the player who had now been moved to centre forward was able to beat two players and then rifle in a strike into the right hand corner.  An emotional celebration then taking place for a stunning goal. 
 
With two goals each and play reaching the last ten minutes before stoppage time, the crowd could not expect to encounter the flurry of goals which would occur.  Firstly O'Brien took his chance to shock the crowd and get on the score sheet by lobbing Albion's on rushing keeper.  However straight from kick off Albion pressure was to result in a break of play to the left wing, the captain Smith then firing home from a resulting cross. 
 
With the score at three all, and time being almost up the crowd was expecting extra time.  This was not to be the case however.  Swift, the danger man for Lenzie, had what would be the last clear cut chance of the game and took it.  Marking his hat-trick, the tricky forward scored with a solid strike. 
 
A last few scrambles for possession were played out, but Lenzie were able to see out the end of the game and earn what was a challenging win. 
  • Full Time:
  • Albion Boys Club
  • 3-4
  • Lenzie Youth Club

Lineups

Albion Boys Club
Lenzie Youth Club

1. Jacob Otto
2. Jason Ritchie
3. Jevan Anderson
4. Gregor Thom
5. Euan Dalmon
6. Kyle Smith
7. Lewis Hutchison
9. Ross Christie
11. Connor Wood
12. Cameron Imrie
15. Logan Johnstone 
17. Calum Beattie 
18. Fraser Bryce 
21. Euan Rose

1. Cameron Gordon
2. Rennie Hamilton 
3. Keir Thomson
4. Cameron Kane
5. Sam Mcgale
6. Dillon Murphy
7. Greg Fraser
9. Calvin O'Brien 
10. Andrew Mitchell 
11. Mark Rundell  
12. Robbie McGale
14. Dario Rossi 
16. Brandon Lynch 
18. Lewis Swift 
19. Gordon Cleary 
20. Dylan McSharry

Star Player
Albion Boys Club
Lenzie Youth Club
Kyle Smith, Captain of Albion. Took his goal, a left footed volley superbly. Didn't let his head go down at any time whether behind or not.
Lewis Swift, hat-trick hero for Lenzie. Each of his three goals were taken well, one being a great header.
Magic Moment
Albion Boys Club
Lenzie Youth Club
Lewis Hutchison's solo run and great finish. Beat two players with style before exercising a perfect right footed finish.
Calvin O'Brien scoring a magnificent chipped goal. Having the nerve to attempt the strike is to be admired, but pulling it off perfectly is even better.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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