With wet conditions underfoot, Lewis Untied Youth and Newmachar United met in the first round of the President’s Cup at Uniconn Park. Lewis United claimed the victory with a 15-0 win. Jay Leiper and David Edwards each had a goal to their name, Kyle Smith and Mitchell Foy claimed two goals each, while Adam Smith claimed four, and Liam Duncan claimed five.
Both teams were quick to test each other, executing good ball control and demonstrating quick pace. However it was Newmachar who had the first chance with Reece Masson lobbing the ball into the box but Lewis United cleared the danger.
The home side were soon creating chances of their own, with Aaron Leslie putting the ball into space for Adam Smith who drove up the wing. However his shot from out wide to the left was picked up by Newmachar goalkeeper, Josh Chambers.
Lewis United continued to press forward and Mitchell Foy shot from inside the box after luring Chambers from the goal mouth but it was cleared off the line by David Lamb.
The visitors faced a strong defence from Lewis United but were awarded a free kick in their own half. Caleb Wilson sent the ball deep into Lewis’ half where Masson and Lyall Campbell were waiting. The pair set up some interchanging play but Masson’s shot was caught by Lewis United goalkeeper, Euan Morrison.
Gregor Thom was soon on the attack again for Lewis United, pressing forward and shooting from twenty-five yards but he caught the post. His second shot was caught by Chambers. However, Thom was not put out and continued to challenge Newmachar’s defence, this time putting the ball through for Foy who passed back in to Thom only for his shot to go wide.
Newmachar then had another chance with a corner taken by David Lamb. He crossed the ball into the box where it was headed away by James Robson. However, Leon Williams controlled the ball at his feet and drove the ball back towards the box, exerting pressure on Lewis’ defence before they were able to clear it.
Smith then used his blistering pace to make his way up the field and beat several defenders, before luring Chambers from the goal mouth. He shot from just outside the box and found the net with ease to put his side in the lead in the twenty-third minute.
Then in the twenty-fifth minute, Foy shot from the edge of the box. Chambers pushed the ball to the crossbar but Liam Duncan was waiting in the box and tapped it into the net from the rebound.
The visitors were not to be put out, and Wilson made a great run to halfway before putting the ball through for Declan Robb. He drove the ball forward with both Masson and Campbell in support but Lewis United’s defence closed in to deny any opportunities for Newmachar to score.
Lewis United were soon creating chances of their own again with Duncan crossing to Foy who shot from inside the box only to find the framework. Soon after Foy was able to make a break and shot from the edge of the box, finding the top corner of the net in the thirty-second minute.
Again, only minutes later Lewis United were able to further extend their lead as Thom crossed the ball into the box for Duncan who put the ball into the back of the net with thirty-five minutes played.
Newmachar continued to create their own chances, earning another corner. This time Williams crossed the ball into the box but Lewis United cleared before the visitors could capitalise. However Connor Duncan made a great run from his own half before putting the ball through for Jacob Drummond but Lewis United held their defence well with David Edwards forcing the ball out of play to deny the scoring chance.