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Formartine United defeat Glentanar to win Murray Cup

Glentanar FC 0

Formartine United FC 1

Clark 15
  • Saturday, 30 May 2015
  • Spain Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Murray Cup

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
Author's Bio | Articles by Author | [email protected]land.co.uk

Formartine United bounced back from cup final heartbreak last weekend to overcome Glentanar and lift the Murray Cup.

A David Clark goal as early as the 15th minute was enough to settle the final and ensure Formartine lifted the cup for only the second time in their history, and the first time since 1998.

The win will help exercise the demons of last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to Stonehaven in the final of the Sunnybank Shield; a match which they had led twice.

Formartine evidently used that defeat as motivation as they started this Murray Cup final on the front foot.

And they should have taken the lead after 10 minutes. Clark crossed low from the right for strike partner Tito Silva but he steered the ball wide of goal from six yards.

United did not have to wait long for the opener though as it came just five minutes after that miss. Clark’s half-volley from the edge of the box found the back of the net via the inside of the post. 

Glentanar had started the contest slowly but gradually grew into the game after that setback. They threatened for the first time a few minutes later when Matthew Steer’s cross was headed wide by Lewis Stephen.

Glentanar then came even closer in the 26th minute. Elliot McDonald crossed for Craig Simpson who looked destined to score but he was superbly denied by goalkeeper Ryan Thomson. 

After a good start, Formartine had lost the ascendancy and had the post to thank for maintaining their lead. McDonald’s low shot from 20 yards struck the post and rebounded away from danger. 

  • Half Time:
  • Glentanar FC
  • 0-1
  • Formartine United FC

That spell of pressure for Glentanar just before half time was as good as it got for them. They struggled to create chances in the second period and it was Formartine who missed opportunities to put the final to bed.

Striker Clark was denied by goalkeeper Grant Yeats and Craig Marshall’s chip hit the crossbar.

The lively Silva then broke the offside trap and ran clear but his poked finish could only find the side netting.

And then captain Marshall tried his luck again but his long-range shot was brilliantly tipped over by Yeats.

Glentanar could not muster a clear-cut chance in the second half as they looked to be feeling the effects of a long season.

  • Full Time:
  • Glentanar FC
  • 0-1
  • Formartine United FC

Lineups

Glentanar FC
Formartine United FC
22. Grant Yeats
3. Michael Duncan
4. Daniel Middler
6. Adam Monk
7. Craig Simpson
8. Daniel Masson
10. Elliot McDonald
11. Lewis Stephen
14. John Bruce
15. Matthew Steer
17. Paul Orr
Kris Borland
Reece Gibb
Darren Hewitt
Jordan Smith
Lewis Watson
1. Ryan Thomson
3. Lewis Rose
4. Cameron Clark
6. Sean Fraser
7. Craig Marshall
8. Mark Tremaine
9. Fraser Aiken
10. Steven Clark
12. Lewis Keith
14. Kris Benzie
15. Andrew Imray
16. David Clark
17. Scott Firth
19. Grant Ritchie
20. Matthew Tewnion
21. Tito Silva
Star Player
Glentanar FC
Formartine United FC
Lewis Stephen - He looked up for this cup final from the very first minute. He was putting in robust tackles and trying to make things happen but it was not his day.
Craig Marshall - He was man of the match. He was still making lung-busting runs into the penalty area in the 90th minute. He never stopped running and used the ball well more often than not.
Magic Moment
Glentanar FC
Formartine United FC
Glentanar’s magic moment probably came after the final whistle. They took their defeat with grace.
David Clark’s goal was the reward for Formartine’s bright start. Clark also netted two in last week’s cup-final defeat to Stonehaven. A happier goal this time around!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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