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Thornton Hibs’ strong attacking play earns them victory against Cairneyhill United

Thornton Hibs 3

Bullen 39’, 61’, Wilson 44’

Cairneyhill United 1

Rankine 29’
  • Sunday, 12 October 2014
  • Memorial Park, Thornton
  • Under 19´s
  • Domestic Supplies 19’s League

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Thornton Hibs produced a dominant display to see off Cairneyhill United 3-1 at Memorial Park. After initially falling behind to an Adam Rankine goal, two goals from Bradley Bullen, coming either side of a Jack Wilson strike, secured the points for Thornton to move them up to 4th in the league table. 
Thornton began the game with the greater attacking intent and were proving a threat for the Cairneyhill defence. On the 6th minute a Thornton corner was launched in and was diverted towards goal by Bullen. Cairneyhill ‘keeper John Manderson did well to keep the ball out. 
Bullen continued to hassle the Cairneyhill back line with a 15th minute effort dragged just wide of the left post. 
Thornton again came close to breaking the deadlock from a corner kick shortly afterwards. Jamie McKay met the subsequent ball and headed towards the target, only for Cairneyhill’s Sean Smith to block his effort on the line. 
Bullen had yet another chance on the 21st minute after latching onto a cross from Euan Forsyth. Again his effort went just past the post. 
On the 29th minute Cairnyhill United took the lead against the run of play. A corner from the left was initially parried away by the Thornton ‘keeper Matt MacGregor. However, Cairneyhill instantly regained possession of the ball and it was launched back into the penalty area. Defender Rankine, who had remained up top following the corner kick, headed the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, just beyond the fingertips of MacGregor. 
3 minutes later and Cairneyhill very nearly went 2-0 up. Again a corner kick proved troublesome for the Thornton defenders as the ball took a number of ricochets before being turned towards the bottom left hand corner of the goal. Bullen, however, expertly cleared the ball on the goal line with a sliding effort. 
After this near scare Thornton began to regain control of the game and, on the 39th minute, the equaliser came. After a neat run down the left McKay delivered a fine low cross that took the Cairneyhill defence out of the game. Bullen, who had met the ball just outside the six yard area, slotted the ball home with a neat first time effort. 
Getting back on level terms helped increase the confidence of the Thornton players and they continued to pepper the Cairneyhill goal with some close shots. Both Jack Wilson and Luke Fleming came close and Bullen clipped the crossbar with an ambitious long-range effort. 
Just before the half-time break Thornton scored their second. After the Cairneyhill defence failed to clear the ball in their penalty area, Thornton picked up the ball in a threatening area. The ball was played to Wilson who had drifted into the penalty area unmarked and he confidently slotted the ball past Manderson.
  • Half Time:
  • Thornton Hibs
  • 2-1
  • Cairneyhill United
Thornton continued in the second half as they had done for the majority of the first. Wilson had another couple of attempts at goal in the 50th and the 52nd minute. The first hit the post while the second flashed just wide.
Eventually Thornton extended their lead just after the hour mark. An attempted clearance from a cross fell to Bullen’s feet in the penalty area and he rifled the ball into the top right corner to grab his second of the match.
Not long afterwards both Bullen and Fleming exhibited some lovely link up play down the left. Bullen delivered the ball into the penalty area and Fraser Forsyth headed just wide of the post.
Forsyth had another attempt at goal in the 84th minute again provided to him by Bullen. Unfortunately for Forsyth he again headed just wide of the goal, much like his previous effort.
Shortly afterwards Wilson had a final pop at goal from just outside the 18 yard box. His attempt crashed against the post and out.
The final whistle went with Thornton’s win sure to provide them with plenty of confidence for their next match. As for Cairneyhill, despite the loss, there were still plenty of positives for them to take forward. The work ethic and their defensive play was generally very good and, with a couple of tweaks, they will be well on their way to achieving some positive results. 
  • Full Time:
  • Thornton Hibs
  • 3-1
  • Cairneyhill United


Thornton Hibs
Cairneyhill United
1. Matt MacGregor
3. Luke Fleming
4. Euan Forsyth
6. Jack Wilson
7. Neil McAlliser
8. Stuart Filipovic
9. Alistair Mitchell
10. Fraser Forsyth
11. Harry Campbell
12. Jamie McKay
13. Stephen Peggie
14. James Mackie
15. Aiden Sutherland
16. Callum Hutchinson
17. Jack Devine
18. Bradley Bullen
1. John Manderson
4. Adam Rankine
5. Kerr Conners
6. Sean Smith
7. Callum Simpson
8. Euan Kelso
9. Euan Brown
10. Thomas Campbell
12. Liam Fairbairn
14. Declan Wilson
20. Daniel James Davies
21. Moray Waite
Star Player
Thornton Hibs
Cairneyhill United
Bradley Bullen – was involved in everything. Scored two goals, set up numerous chances and a vital clearance on the line to stop his team going 2-0 down. What more can you ask for?
Euan Brown – Did some great defensive work despite playing in midfield. Tracked back tirelessly and prevented plenty of chances coming to fruition, particularly in the first half. Good unselfish play for his team.
Magic Moment
Thornton Hibs
Cairneyhill United
Bullen’s first goal and Thornton’s equaliser. Delightful build up play and a perfect cross from McKay. Great flowing football.
Rankine’s goal. Very well executed header and superb placement.
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