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Lewis seal the double with Westdyke victory

Lewis United Youth 3

Ward 17', 30' Marr 76'

Westdyke CC 1

McGinlay 2'
  • Sunday, 15 May 2016
  • Spain Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Belmont Trophy

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Spain Park, home of Banks O'Dee, was the setting for this Belmont Trophy Cup final between Lewis United Youth and Westdyke Community Club at the Under 15's age group. Lewis United sealed the A league last Sunday, for the first time at that age group, thanks to a 1-0 win over rivals Banks O'Dee Albion. Westdyke, however, were going to be no walkovers as they gave Lewis some great games over the campaign.

It wasn't long before the supporters of either team were to experience the first goal in the game, which arrived just two minutes in after a failed defensive clearance by Lewis allowed Max McGinlay to slot the ball into the top left hand corner, and past Matthew Buckham in the Lewis goal.

That goal gave the ingredients it needed to be a great cup final and there could have been more goals in the opening stages. Lewis nearly levelled straight from the restart when a good effort from Lucas Murray was saved by Jamie Butler in the Westdyke goal.

Westdyke had a great opportunity to go 2-0 up when a great delivery was sent in from Nathan Rankine, which was met by Matthew Clark into the pathway of McGinlay whose effort went wide.

Lewis were level after 17 minutes. A long punt up the park from goalkeeper Matthew Buckham was headed backwards from a Westdyke player, which found striker Robert Ward who evaded his way past two Westdyke defenders before finding the net with ease and putting the league champions level. A textbook move from Lewis and the perfect finish to follow from Ward.

Ward then picked up his second of the game after a great ball came in from Shaun Spence, which was met by the talented forward who slotted past Butler to put Lewis in front. United then saw out the first half with ease and just about deserved to go in front at the interval.

  • Half Time:
  • Lewis United Youth
  • 2-1
  • Westdyke CC

Westdyke weren't going to give up and they came out fighting at the start of the second half. An effort from Euan Walker brought out a good save from Matthew Buckham in the Lewis United goal.

Then, at the other end, a Harley Stewart free kick was aimed towards Ross Young but he misconnected with the ball. Any connection from the forward player and it would have likely ended up in the back of the net.

The next goal was going to be vital and Westdyke had the next opportunity, and probably the best chance of the second half so far, after Scott Hector went on a dazzling run before hitting a great effort towards goal. However, his strike hit the crossbar and went over. It would have been a great goal had it gone in.

Lewis United sealed the win, with just a few minutes left on the clock, after a good effort from Cai Matthew was only parried by Butler. Ben Marr was on hand to tuck the ball into an empty net and hand Lewis United the double. Lewis have had to wait for success, however, they have a focus on long term player development and the supporters are now starting to see the benefits of that.

  • Full Time:
  • Lewis United Youth
  • 3-1
  • Westdyke CC

Lineups

Lewis United Youth
Westdyke CC
1. Matthew Buckham
2. Lucas Murray
3. Ryan Lawrence
4. Owen Murison
5. Harley Stewart
6. Ben Marr
7. Murray Esson
8. Blair McKenzie
9. Robert Ward
10. Ross Young
11. Kai Morrison
14. Gregor Whyte
16. Cai Matthew
17. Shaun Spence
19. Rory Brown
1. Jamie Butler
2. Finlay Wood
3. Kris Cocker
4. Liam Dinnie
5. Callum Millar
6. Dylan Grimbley
7. Matthew Clark
8. Nathan Rankine
9. Matthew McGinlay
10. Euan Walker
11. Luke Mulhere
12. Ian Chalmers
14. Drew Cowie
16. Reece Taylor
17. Scott Hector
20. Greg Cowie
Star Player
Lewis United Youth
Westdyke CC
Robert Ward - Was instrumental in getting Lewis the cup and produced two good finishes.
Matthew McGinlay - Scored the opening goal and had a few decent chances.
Magic Moment
Lewis United Youth
Westdyke CC
Robert Ward's first goal, which was well worked from the team.
Matthew McGinlay's goal, which was a great finish after a defensive mistake.
Club Views
Lewis United Youth
Westdyke CC
Mark Elrick, Lewis United coach said "I thought the guys played really well, Westdyke are a tough team and they had a game plan to try and stop us playing football. I thought over the 80 minutes we were the better side."
Kevin MacDonald, Westdyke CC Coach said: "I think we performed well, we got the break and went 1-0 up and we could have taken our chances after that and put the game out of sight but Lewis are a good team.

"Down 2-1 at half time and they were probably the better team and we came out in the second half fighting. With the commitment that these guys showed in the second half you can tell that they were gutted at the end."
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