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Byron Swifts 2

Dickson 40' 54'

Paul Lawrie Foundation 6

Banda 18' 21' 53' 68' Strachan 27' Fin Troup 36'
  • Sunday, 23 August 2015
  • Aulton
  • Under 14´s
  • ADJFA League C Section Two

Claire Gulline | YFS Aberdeen Senior Reporter
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In the rare Aberdeen sunshine, Byron Swifts got their season underway, playing against Paul Lawrie Foundation. Paul Lawrie picked up the three points with a 6-2 win, their goals coming from Connor Strachan, Fin Troup, and four from Joy Banda, while both of Byron’s goals came from Owen Dickson.

The first attacking play of the game came from Byron Swifts as Harry Glennie burst down the wing but his shot from out wide was smothered by Paul Lawrie Foundation goalkeeper Archie Coulesant. 

Paul Lawrie were soon mounting their own attacks, with Shay Farooq making a break but becoming isolated and unable to make the offload he was looking for. In the following phases of play, he was supported by Glen Brown and Banda. Banda took a shot at goal from just inside the box but it was wide, while his next attempt went just over the crossbar. 

Byron pressed back through their captain, Robbie Hay, who made the yards but Paul Lawrie held their defence strong to deny any chances. Christopher McCaughtrie and Babil Saru then set up interchanging play. McCaughtrie’s shot from just outside the box was deflected by Coulesant, and Saru took his shot from 25 yards but Coulesant was able to prevent the score.

End-to-end play ensued, with both teams trying to penetrate their opposition’s defence. It was Paul Lawrie who were eventually rewarded in the 18th minute, when Banda broke though and shot from 25 yards and wide out to the right to put his side in the lead.

With the momentum in their favour, Paul Lawrie were soon on the attack again and, in the 21st minute, Banda crossed the ball in from the corner and slipped it past Byron goalkeeper Scott Freckingham’s hand, to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Down but not out, Byron responded through McCaughtrie who linked up with Owen Dickson before the ball was forced out of play. Saru set up another chance for his side with a high ball but Paul Lawrie cleared well.

Another change in momentum saw Banda luring Freckingham out of the goal before crossing to Connor Strachan, who chipped it into the net to increase his side’s lead in the twenty-seventh minute.

Paul Lawrie continued to demonstrate their strength in attack through some neat footwork by Gavin Troup, who created space and shot but Freckingham caught the ball to deny the score. Gavin Troup then had another shot after creating space but he could not get the ball past the Byron goalkeeper.

The last chance of the half came for Byron, with Saru shooting from 30 yards and wide to the right but the ball was smothered by Coulesant to end the half.

  • Half Time:
  • Byron Swifts
  • 0-3
  • Paul Lawrie Foundation

As the second half got underway, Paul Lawrie were quick to prove that they were not finished yet, as Fin Troup lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to add to his team’s score in the first minute of second half play.

However Byron showed no signs of giving up . Glennie and Mitchell Glen linked up to drive the ball forward but were unable to penetrate Paul Lawrie’s defence. Saru then crossed the ball for Dickson who slipped it past Coulesant into the corner of the net in the 45th minute to put his side on the scoresheet.

A handball in the box resulted in a penalty for Byron which Bryce Bouchti stepped up to take. His ball was pushed out by Coulesant, who then smothered it following a second touch by Bouchti.

Banda once again pressed forward for the visitors but his shot from 25 yards was wide of the goal. However, Banda soon after lured Freckingham from his goal, and slipped it past from 18 yards to increase his side’s lead to 5-1 in the fifty-eighth minute.

Yet from the kick off, Byron sent the ball straight to the other end of the pitch and, once again, Saru and Dickson linked up, and Dickson slipped it past Coulesant with 59 minutes played.

Byron continued to press Paul Lawrie’s defence, with Glen breaking through and crossing for Dickson, whose shot clipped the crossbar. Saru then linked up with Kieran Brodie but Brodie’s shot from 30 yards sailed over the crossbar.

Paul Lawrie attacked once more from Gavin Troup who created space and shot but found the post. Fin Troup followed through with a shot from 25 yards but he could not find the goal.

Banda then pressed forward once more, breaking through to test Byron’s goalkeeper once again. Freckingham was up for the challenge pushing the ball out before smothering it. However, Banda managed one more shot from the edge of the box and this time found the corner of the net to add one more score before the final whistle.


  • Full Time:
  • Byron Swifts
  • 2-6
  • Paul Lawrie Foundation


Byron Swifts
Paul Lawrie Foundation
1. Scott Freckingham
5. Kieran Brodie
7. Harry Glennie
8. Robbie Hay
9. Bryce Bouchti
10. Charlie Porter
12. Ethan Fiddes
14. Owen Dickson
15. Jordan Buchan
16. Christopher McCaughtrie
17. Mitchell Glen
18. Babil Saru
21. Kieran Stewart
1. Archie Coulesant
3. Fin Troup
4. Grant Cormack
4. Shay Farooq
6. Alex Ross
7. Ross Martin
8. Josh Fraser
9. Joy Banda
10. Connor Strachan
11. Matthew Stephen
12. Glen Brown
14. Ahmed Hussain
15. Dean Munro
16. Peter Strachan
17. Calum Neilson
21. Gavin Troup
Star Player
Byron Swifts
Paul Lawrie Foundation
Mitchell Glen - had a fantastic game, making many breaks and testing Paul Lawrie’s defence. He linked up with other players to create chances for himself and his teammates.
Gavin Troup - Demonstrated some neat footwork and was able to create space for long runs and shots at the goal, and was unfortunate not to score.
Magic Moment
Byron Swifts
Paul Lawrie Foundation
Byron’s first goal was well worked, an example of the interchanging play that they demonstrated throughout the match. The goal came at a good time and they looked more confident once they were on the scoresheet.
Fin Troup’s goal was a great moment for the side. Coming early on in the second half, nothing could be done to prevent the score as he lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper to increase the side’s lead.
Club Views
Byron Swifts
Paul Lawrie Foundation
Ryan Davidson, manager of Byron Swifts, said: "We never got off to the way that we've been doing in training and in previous games. We lacked a bit of physical presence, communication, and we got caught with pace up front."

On their aims for the rest of the season: "We want to pick up three points in every game and get promoted up to the B League again."

Alex Henderson, Paul Lawrie Foundation coach, said: "I think it was a really good performance from the boys and they played some good football. We had a really good first half."

On their aims for this season, he said: "We're looking to start and finish at the top end of the table. It's a small section but after a decent season last season, we're hoping to hopefully progress and at least push to be in the top half of the table."

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