In the Round 1 fixture of the Stonehaven Youth Trophy, postponed two weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch, Paul Lawire Foundation and Lewis United Youth faced each other in a physical and competitive game. Lewis United clinched the victory at 1-0, with Mitchell Foy the sole scorer.
Kicking off in the drizzly conditions, the game started end to end. Lewis United created the first chance of the game through Mitchell Foy, who took the ball on a run to the edge of the box and set the shot up for teammate Scott Gray who aimed for the goal, only for Paul Lawrie goalkeeper Craig Ballantyne to keep it out. His clearance allowed Paul Lawrie to mount their own attack through Arron Esson, whose shot at goal was likewise saved by Lewis United goalkeeper, Calum MacDonald.
This opening phase of play was an indicator of what was to come as play went back and forth between the two teams. Lewis United were awarded a corner which was taken by Foy. James Robson tried to chip it in from the right of the box but it caught the side of the net. Moments later as play progressed to the other end of the pitch, Paul Lawrie were awarded a corner as well, taken by Cameron Ross. Though Ross found the box, Lewis United rallied their defence to deny Paul Lawrie a scoring opportunity.
Some fantastic interplay between Paul Lawrie’s Adam Joji and Scott Fraser set up a chance for Lloyd Brown but MacDonald saved the shot to keep the score level. Joji had another great run down the wing but Robson swept in to kick it out of play and Lewis United’s defence held strong. Foy responded with his own run but this time it was Paul Lawrie who were able to rally their defence.
However a penalty awarded to Lewis United would prove to be a turning point. Foy stepped up and sent the ball to the bottom of the net and the right of the goalkeeper, giving his team the lead.
Paul Lawrie were quick to respond as Esson shot from the centre of the box. MacDonald knocked the ball away from the goal towards Fraser who hit the post. Liam Norris then took his chance for Lewis United, shooting from 25 yards but Ballantyne dived to his left and kept it out of his goal.
Joji made another fantastic run but Lewis United held their defence and Foy was able to drive up the wing into the box only for his shot to be saved. Esson then made good yards down the wing before Robson forced him into touch.