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Balloan go joint top with victory over Thistle Colts

Balloan Athletic 9

Earl 14' Urquhart 17' McGilvray 24' 30' Watson 33' Urquhart 37' Reid 53' 54' 61'

Thistle Colts 0

  • Wednesday, 19 August 2015
  • Milton Pitches
  • Under 13´s
  • Street League Division B

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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Balloan Athletic moved onto 24 points, joint top of the Inverness Street League Division B, following a comfortable 9-0 victory over Thistle Colts. The win comes at a good time ahead of next weekend's Cup Final showdown versus Balloan Fury.

Athletic never really looked like losing this game as both teams got off to a slow start.  They had the first opportunity of the match when Jack McGilvray found an extra few yards in the box but his tame shot was gathered easily by Jack Grieve in the Thistle Colts goal. Just five minutes later, a fine piece of individual trickery from Clarke Hendry sent Gavin Urquhart free but his shot was well parried by Grieve. 

Fourteen minutes in Rowan Earl's pace beat two defenders and his cross-shot took a massive deflection and rolled passed the diving Grieve.

Number two followed minutes later. Brodie Watson's long ball was headed down by McGilvray into the path of Gavin Urquhart who coolly slotted it home.

Fine work by David MacLaren of Thistle Colts beat the Balloan defence but his shot went well wide. But straight after that phase of play Rowan Earl's pace rounded Grieve and he was brought down. McGilvray stepped up and fired a powerful right-footed shot past the keeper. From here on in it was plain sailing from Balloan as they made it four just before the break. Brodie Watson's fine solo run beat three defenders before he cleverly rounded the keeper before slotting it into the empty net.

  • Half Time:
  • Balloan Athletic
  • 4-0
  • Thistle Colts

Balloan started the second half just as they finished the first. Straight from kick off, Gavin Urquhart found space on the edge of the box and he unleashed a drive which nestled in the back of the net. But in all fairness Thistle Colts were playing well defensively but could not muster a chance together.

McGilvray got his second of the match after fine piece of work down the right by Calum MacDermott and his header looped over Grieve. Urquhart was causing all sorts of problems on the wing. His pinpoint cross found Watson but Grieve turned the ball over the ball expertly. But moments later Urquhart's deep cross found William Reid at the back post and he fired low into the bottom left corner of the goal. This was the start of an eight minute hat-trick from the youngster.

He grabbed his second just a minute later when another Urquhart cross found Reid as he slotted home again. And number three was not long after. Neil Davidson found the striker in acres of space before rounding the keeper and smashing it past the last ditch defender.

And the pain was nearly over for Thistle Colts but not before Watson tried a spectacular overhead kick which shaved the bar to the relief of Thistle Colts defence.

Despite the 9-0 loss, Thistle Colts defended well for long period but the difference in class was apparent as Balloan swept Thistle Colts aside to join Kinmylies at the top of the pile.

  • Full Time:
  • Balloan Athletic
  • 9-0
  • Thistle Colts

Lineups

Balloan Athletic
Thistle Colts
1. Chris Reid
2. Jack McGilvray
3. Joss Cudmore
4. Calum McDermott
5. Clarke Hendry
6. Neil Davidson
7. Brodie Watson
8. Reece Shaw
9. Calum MacLean
10. Gavin Urquhart
11. Calum MacDonald
12. Rowan Earl
14. Brodie Bell
15. Finlay Macleod
16. Ryan Strachan
18. William Reid
1. Jack Grieve
2. Ryan Mitchell
3. David MacLaren
4. Lewis McKenzie
5. Fraser Riach-Shaw
6. Thomas Jeffery
7. Craig Campbell
8. Taylor McLennan
9. Cameron Sharp
10. Jordan Fletcher
11. Adam Ryles
12. Kyle Gillies
14. Fraser Shanks
15. Scott Mcrae
16. Reece Philips
17. Lachlan Spence
18. Calum Hansell
19. Robert McLeod
20. Aiden Davidson
Star Player
Balloan Athletic
Thistle Colts
Gavin Urquhart - His fine assists and goals were worthy of man of the match and if he carries this form on he will be a key player in the cup final.
Jack Grieve - He had a hard game conceding nine goals but he pulled off several fine saves which saved his team's blushes further.
Magic Moment
Balloan Athletic
Thistle Colts
Clarke Hendry's fine flick into Gavin Urquhart. Anyone could have watched it for days.
Thistle Colts defended resolutely on a difficult evening for the team.
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