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Dryburgh lift cup after 4-4 face off

Dryburgh Athletic 4

McDonald 18, Mitchell 53, Irvine 85, Quin 98

Celtic Boys 4

Long 43, 101, Donaldson 55, Tippet
  • Final Result: Dryburgh Athletic 3-3 Celtic Boys (Dryburgh win 3-2 on penalties)
  • Sunday, 16 March 2014
  • North End Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Maryfield/G. Kerr Cup - Final

Michael Colville | YFS East Region Journalist
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A blustery North End Park was the venue for a fierce face-off between Dryburgh Athletic and Celtic Boys. Both teams have had a tremendous season so far, with Dryburgh close to winning the league and Celtic reaching two cup finals. 
Despite a slow start to the game, once the teams settled in the pace started to pick up and chances were flying in from both sides. Dryburgh were passing the ball around well and looked dangerous when attacking, but Celtics defence was solid and held up well. 
Dryburgh grabbed the first goal of the game in the 18th minute. Cameron McDonald was played into the box with a quick through ball, McDonald then held off a Celtic defender and slotted the ball past the keeper making it 1-0. 
Dryburgh had another close chance when Christopher Irvine managed to break through the Celtic defence and fire a shot towards goal but it went just wide of the post. Celtic were fighting hard for possession and also had a couple of opportunities to equalise. Martin Donaldson made a great turn around a Dryburgh defender inside the box and unleashed a shot but hit the side netting.
Celtic Boys equalised just before half time. A great ball was swung into the box for Lewis Long who got up in the air brilliantly and nodded it into the top corner bringing the score to 1-1. The half time whistle blew shortly after and the score reflected the half well. Both sides were fighting hard for the ball and creating chances in what was an exciting first half. 
  • Half Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Celtic Boys
The second half kicked off, and Dryburgh were the first to take the lead in the 53rd minute. Ryan Mitchell placed a superb shot into the back of the net from inside the box making it 2-1. Minutes later, Celtic Boys brought the score up to 2-2. Martin Donaldson struck a brilliant curved free kick right into the goal from roughly 25 yards out.
Dryburgh had a couple of close chances to take the lead, a long chipped ball was played into Ryan Mitchell in the box who managed to volley it towards goal but it went narrowly over the bar. A great chance came later on after Cameron McDonald played a superb ball into the centre of the box for Lee Munro but his shot went wide of the post. 
Celtic Boys grabbed a goal in the 80th minute, a long ball was played into the Dryburgh box as the defence tried to scramble the ball away Reece Tippet tapped it into the back of the net making it 3-2.
Dryburgh countered with an equalizer minutes later bringing the score to 3-3. Christopher Irvine smashed a tremendous free kick from far out right into the top of the net. It wasn’t long before full time would have to be settled in extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 3-3
  • Celtic Boys
Niall Quin grabbed the first goal of extra time in the 98th minute, a long cross was played into Quin inside who then headed it towards goal and right into the top corner making it 4-3.

Matty Galloway carried on his tremendous form in the goal with a crucial save from a free kick. Celtic Boys equalized once again in the 101st minute from a wonder strike free kick from at least 30 yards.
The game then finished with penalties. After a nerve wracking shoot out Matthew Galloway made a tremendous save to keep the score at 3-2 to Dryburgh. It was a very tight game, with both teams putting in 100% effort.

Celtic played some good football and defended brilliantly, but Dryburgh fought hard enough to take the cup. They played some great football and scored 4 fantastic goals.

Final Result: Final Result: Dryburgh Athletic 3-3 Celtic Boys (Dryburgh win 3-2 on penalties)


Dryburgh Athletic
Celtic Boys

1. Matthew Galloway
2. Daniel Begg
3. Liam Edwards
4. Christopher Irvine
5. James Lawson
6. Cameron McDonald
7. Martyn McCabe
8. Adam Mill
9. Ryan Mitchell
10. Lee Munro
11. Niall Quin
12. Ewan Robertson
14. Graham Scrimgeour
15. Ryan Mooney
16. Cairn Gray

1. Steven Burns
2. Chrissy Burke
3. Andrew Slammon
4. Lewis Long
5. Marc Henderson
6. Andrew Mcgregor
7. Ryan Carlin
8. Cameron Quinn
9. Darren Mcrae
10. Reece Tippet
11. David Buchan
12. Martin Donaldson
14. Bradley Harper
15. Aidan Stewart
16. John Gordon

Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic
Celtic Boys
My star player was Ryan Mitchell as he scored a superb goal and played a vital role through out the game.
Lewis Long was my star player because he scored two fantastic important goals and was solid at the back.
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic
Celtic Boys
Niall Quin's amazing free kick in extra time.
Lewis Long's free kick was also in extra time and was brilliant.
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