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Five star McLean as Hazlehead send Bucksburn reeling

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  • Wednesday, 29 March 2017
  • Northfield Academy
  • Under 15´s
  • Gerrard Trophy
Bucksburn and Hazlehead Under 15’s played out the final of the Gerrard Trophy at Northfield Academy, with Hazlehead once again proving they had too much in the tank for Bucksburn.
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine with Hazlehead on the attack. Bucksburn were keen to show their intent as well and after a good run down the left set up by Rhys Thomas,  Calvin Meldrum struck the side netting.
An Ingram corner from the right in six minutes saw Lappin head just over before another move down the right involving Callan Gray and Jack Reid, saw the ball reach Isaac McLean but Adam Newlands got down well to save.
In fifteen minutes, Cai MacDonald nearly broke the deadlock turning smartly between two defenders before sending in a drive which narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Five minutes later he had another chance hitting goalwards a superb ball from Harry Ingram wide on the left and subsequently bringing out a top drawer save from Newlands.
A Hazlehead goal was only delayed sixty seconds however. McLean picked the ball up wide on the left thirty yards from goal before looking up and hitting a spectacular drive into the top corner of Newlands’ goal.
McDonald had a chance of a second a couple of minutes later. Good work involving Ruaridh Fenwick and McLean saw the ball crossed to the striker seven yards out but his header flashed narrowly wide.
Bucksburn were not out of it and when Thomas sent Mitchell Argo clear down the left it took a strong last gasp tackle from Jack Burnett to keep him out. The corner came to nothing.
Four minutes from the interval Hazlehead doubled their advantage. The ball was not properly cleared by the Bucksburn defence eventually rebounding off MacDonald and past Newlands.
It looked like it might go past the post until the striker got up to steer it into the empty net. Half time then arrived with Bucksburn left with much to do if they were to wrestle the Trophy away from Hazlehead
  • Half Time:
  • Bucksburn Academy FC
  • 0-2
  • Hazlehead Academy FC
Bucksburn needed to make a good start to the second half, but it was their opponents who struck first in four minutes.
McLean picked the ball up just outside the box, jinked past two Bucksburn defenders before planting the ball into the far corner of Newlands’ goal.
Ninety seconds later a good move involving McLean and MacDonald brought out a super save from Newlands to keep out the latter’s goalbound attempt.
Then McLean moved infield from the left and sent in a rocket shot which produced a marvellous save from the Bucksburn keeper. The striker was not to be denied and in twelve he once again picked the ball up in midfield before moving past two defenders and slotting home high up in the top right hand side of Newlands’ goal.
A minute later he was at it again gathering the ball on the left and then moving forward to shoot wide of Newlands dive and in at his far post. Midway through the half Hazlehead scored two quick goals.
For the first one Ingram had a shot blocked which rebounded to Callum Brown who shot into the net. Ingram himself added the sixth tucking the ball into the corner of the goal.
Bucksburn scored the goal their play deserved with seven minutes left on the clock. A long ball from the left found the hard working Mitchell Argo on the edge of the box. He spotted that Sean Paterson had come off his line and, after steadying himself, sent a delightful lob looping over the Hazlehead keeper.
Hazlehead ran straight up to the other end of the pitch and McLean grabbed his fifth counter. It was similar to a couple of his other goals in that he beat two defenders before sending the ball low past Newlands. 
Congratulations to Hazlehead, who have been by far the best team in this age group this season, on achieving a league and cup double. A big well done too to Isaac McLean whose goals had a strong bearing on the final outcome of the game.
  • Full Time:
  • Bucksburn Academy FC
  • 1-8
  • Hazlehead Academy FC


Bucksburn Academy FC
Hazlehead Academy FC
1. Adam Newlands
2. Daniel Taylor
3. Luke Anderson
4. Keiran Simpson
5. Mitchell Argo
6. William Duthie
7. Scott Nathanial
8. Calvin Meldrum
9. Rhys Thomas
10. Clarke Hendry
11. Cameron Arthur
12. Sam Rattray
14. Adam Trevis
15. Ewan Sim
16. Calvin O' Hare
17. Greig Taylor
1. Sean Paterson
2. Jack Reid
3. Ruaridh Fenwick
4. James Gomes
5. Jack Burnett
6. Callan Gray
7. Jack Lappin
8. Callum Brown
9. Cai McDonald
10. Harry Ingram
11. Isaac McLean
12. Paul Walker
14. Dem Yunus
15. Jordan Buchan
Star Player
Bucksburn Academy FC
Hazlehead Academy FC
The star player from Bucksburn is Mitchell Argo for being able to keep confident and keep his head high in order to score his goal.
The away star player is Isaac McLean for scoring a great number of goals and securing his team the cup.
Magic Moment
Bucksburn Academy FC
Hazlehead Academy FC
The home magic moment was Newlands spectacular early save against a powerful strike from Ingram.
The away magic moment was McLeans spectacular strike thirty yards out which rattled the back of the net.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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