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Victory twice as sweet for Glenrothes

AM Soccer FC 0

Glenrothes Strollers 9

Nugent x 4, Reid x 3, Fraser x 3, Dall x 2, Wylie x 2, Fleming, Binnie, Coull, Kinninmount, Adair
  • Saturday, 01 November 2014
  • Elmwood Sports Centre
  • Under 15´s
  • ACA Plate Championship

Matthew Sigsworth | YFS Fife Senior Reporter
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Glenrothes Strollers strolled to victory this afternoon against AM Soccer at the Elmwood Sports Centre in Cupar. Declan Nugent grabbed four goals, and there were hat-tricks for JonJay Reid and Liam Fraser; a brace each for Kieran Dall and Michael Wylie; as well as goals for Andrew Fleming, Fraser Binnie, Morgan Coull, Jack Kinninmount and Steven Adair as the visitors recorded their biggest win of the season.
As well as three points in the league, the win also booked Glenrothes a spot in the next round of the League Cup.
Glenrothes went into the game in fine form, having won all seven of their league games this season, and they got off to the perfect start against their hosts in what would turn out to be a devastating first ten minutes.
There were early warning signs for the home side as Nugents’ cross was cleared by Andrew Doyle, and within minutes Glenrothes had the lead as Fleming rose to head home from a corner.
Dall almost made it two when he shot from distance, but his right footed effort was dragged wide of the left hand post.
Glenrothes continued to press early on, and Nugents’ through ball almost found Binnie, but instead ran through to Kris Keanie to collect in the AM Soccer goal.
Binnie was close to doubling the lead shortly afterwards, attempting to chip the ‘keeper after winning the ball from a short goal kick, but Keanie was alert to the danger and recovered well to make the save.
Glenrothes were not to be denied for much longer, however, as a flurry of goals followed.
First, after Fleming beat two players down the right wing he delivered an inch perfect cross for Reid to tap in from close range. Nugent then headed home his first, before grabbing his second moments later after Binnies’ cross from the left was only half cleared, allowing him to fire right footed into the bottom corner to make it four nil.
It could have been worse for AM Soccer but for the woodwork, when Fleming met a cross from Dall but could only direct his header onto the post. Liam Fraser then attempted a chip from the edge of the area, but he saw his effort bounce agonisingly off the bar. 
Glenrothes were relentless in their search for goals, and they were soon at it again when Dall latched onto a through ball to slot right footed under Keanie, before Reid scored his sides sixth with a left footed finish into the bottom corner, after being picked out by a pass from Nugent.
The woodwork again played a part in keeping the score to a minimum, after Wylie was denied by a fine save from Keanie, Fraser skimmed the bar with an effort from distance. Keanie was playing his part too however, and again produced a fine save to deny Fleming who had been picked out by a cross from Binnie delivered from the right.
At six nil, AM Soccer could have been forgiven for giving up, but that was the last thing on the home side minds. Having faced a ferocious opening from the visitors, the home side set about trying to claw a way back into the game.
Cameron Gourlay looked dangerous whenever he got the ball, and was unlucky to see his cross collected by Glenrothes ‘keeper Jamie Mack.
That chance signalled a much better spell for AM Soccer, but it did not stop Glenrothes from extending their lead further before the break.
First, in a moment of pure inspiration, Nugent collected the ball on the edge of the area before beating two defenders with an exceptional turn, and firing into the bottom corner to score the games stand out goal, and complete his hat-trick. 
Despite now trailing by seven goals, AM Soccer were determined to leave their mark on the game, and Jake Reader was unlucky to get crowded out after attempting a mazy run into opposition territory, while Gourlay was also unlucky when trying to run onto a long through ball. Doyle was having a fine individual game despite the score line, and more than played his part in the heart of the home sides defence with some important tackles and interceptions when Glenrothes threatened to counter attack.
It wasn’t long before the away side were back amongst the goals, however, and Binnie was next on the scoresheet, heading home from a corner to make it eight; having moments earlier watched another header bounce not once, but twice along the cross bar and out for a goal kick.
Fleming then tested Keanie from distance, but was unable to find the net, and a run towards goal from Lewis Brearley for the home side was stopped by a tackle from ‘Strollers defender Harry Macdonald.
AM Soccer were still trying to attack the visitors, and Ethan Grant tried to find Brearley with a through ball, but Mack was able to collect. There was then some neat play between Grant and Mikkel Kristensen, but they were crowded out by the Glenrothes defence and unable to make the chance count.
As the first half drew to a close, there was just enough time for Glenrothes to put the shine on their first half display. First, Fraser drifted in unmarked at a corner to head home, before Coull latched onto a Kinninmount pass to slot home. Fleming almost made it through on goal moments before the whistle, but his run was stopped by a tackle from Kieran Gray. 
  • Half Time:
  • AM Soccer FC
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  • Glenrothes Strollers
It was a bright start to the second half from AM Soccer, who despite the score were always working to find a goal. Goulray and Grant continued to link up well, but the final ball was just too long as Mack collected the pass.
It wasn’t long however until Glenrothes found their feet. Kinninmount got his goal with a rising effort into the top corner, before Wylie got in on the action with a cool finish from the edge of the box. There was a moment of madness in between the two goals, as a mix up at the back for AM Soccer left Jordan Redpath chasing the ball back towards an empty net, the defender doing well to reach it and spare his sides blushes.
AM Soccer continued to hunt for a goal, and a well worked throw in almost saw Brearley burst into the box, but for some fine defending from the away side.
If AM Soccer needed a sign that today was not their day, it came when a penalty awarded to Glenrothes was at first saved by Keanie, only for a re-take to be awarded and duly scored by Adair.
It was a ruthless display in front of goal from the visitors, and Reid was next to complete his hat-trick with a left footed finish into the bottom right corner, before Dall grabbed his second with a right footed shot after being given too much time to control on the edge of the AM Soccer area. Craig Forest was then unlucky to see his effort sail just over the bar.
AM Soccer were still looking for their breakthrough, and Liam Kerr was close to giving it to them when Grants’ through ball allowed him to release a right footed shot, firing just off target. Reader was also unlucky not to hit the target with a right footed volley from the edge of the area.
As the game entered the final third, Glenrothes set about putting the gloss on their days work in typical fashion. First, Fraser found the bottom corner with a sweet left footed strike, before completing his hat-trick with a tap in at the far post. Keanie produced the save of the game from a point blank Forest header, and Macdonald also brought a save with a decent effort.
There was just enough time left at the end of the game for Wylie to grab his second with a tap in following good play by Fraser, who also set up the game’s final goal, pulling back after a good run for Nugent to claim his fourth.
  • Full Time:
  • AM Soccer FC
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  • Glenrothes Strollers


AM Soccer FC
Glenrothes Strollers
1.Kris Keanie
4.Andrew Doyle
6.Jordan Redpath
7.Jake Reader/Liam Kerr
9.Ethan Grant
10.Lewis Brearley/Mikkel Kristensen
11.Rory Crofts
12.Josh Watters
17.Cameron Gourlay
20.Keiran Gray
1.Jamie Mack
2.Michael Wylie
3.Craig Forest
4.Harry Macdonald
5.Andrew Fleming
6.Jamie Brockie
7.Declan Nugent
8.Fraser Binnie
9.Jonjay Reid
10.Kieran Dall
11.Liam Fraser
12.Matthew Mcbride
14.Steven Adair
15.Jamie Brockie
16.Morgan Coull
17.Grant Cunningham
18.Jack Kinninmount
Star Player
AM Soccer FC
Glenrothes Strollers
Andrew Doyle - A fine performance from the defender, who despite the scoreline still managed to make some important tackles and interceptions.
Declan Nugent - Four goals and a constant threat for the visitors.
Magic Moment
AM Soccer FC
Glenrothes Strollers
A fantastice save from Kris Keanie from a point blank header.
Nugents' fourth goal was an absolute worldie. A great spin to lose his marker and fire home.
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