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Shand hat-trick helps Huntly to win over Byron Milan

Byron Milan 1

Mclaggan 18

Huntly YFC 4

Harper 57, Shand 26,50, 70
  • Sunday, 11 February 2018
  • Northfield Academy
  • Under 15´s
  • ADJFA U15s League C

Byron Milan, who started the day top of the table, played host to Huntly, with the away side knowing a win would put them level on points with their opposition in the ADJFA U15’s C League.

The heavy wind at Northfield academy was bound to play a part, and that was obvious early on as the weather had an effect on high balls.

The crossbars on either side of the pitch were rattled within the opening stages. First Huntly right back Gregg Fowlie’s attempted cross clipped the Byron bar and bounced away from danger.

Just two minutes later Byron’s number five Drew Grant twisted and turned to find an opening in the Huntly penalty area. His shot was smashed onto the bar; leaving both sides thankful they’d maintained their clean sheets.

In comparison to the opening few minutes, the next 15 or so that followed were fairly quiet. Both sides looked to establish dominance, but neither managed to take over.

Byron struck first blood just after twenty minutes. Another a long ball forward from the defence wasn’t cleared properly, bouncing around the Huntly box before falling to Byron’s Brandyn Mclaggan. Mclaggan used his body well to shield the ball and turn and finish powerfully into the top right hand corner of the Huntly goal.

Huntly instantly began to put pressure on the Byron defence as they searched for an equaliser. Having already troubled Bryon with earlier corners, it was no surprise when their leveller came just five minutes after falling behind, from a corner on the left hand side. Striker Logan Shand stooped low to bundle in from close range.

If it wasn’t clear already that Huntly were dangerous from corners, it would quickly become apparent just minutes later. From two separate corners Byron goalkeeper Ziemowit Magdziarz made two good saves down low after scrambles in the box.

The game remained competitive and the next chance fell the host’s way. Midfielder David Barclay’s pass found Cameron Howitt. Howitt managed to cut the ball back, evading the defenders tackle, but was unable to beat the keeper with his effort.

Both sides were enjoying periods of possession but as the first half came to a close, it was Byron picking up the best chances. A cross fell to Barclay, who had looked a powerful presence in the midfield. Barclay – in a similar area to where Mclaggan scored – turned only to see his half volley smash the bar – the third time in the first half the woodwork came into play.

  • Half Time:
  • Byron Milan
  • 1-1
  • Huntly YFC

The opening of play in the second half was quite scrappy and chances were at a minimal as both sides felt their way back into the game.

Striker Blair Harper had a chance at goal early in the second, but after being sent through into the penalty area he fired just over Magdziarz’s goal.

It was Shand at it again to hand Huntly a lead ten minutes into the second period. Harper’s corner fell to the striker in a similar area to his first and he finished identically to the opener, heading into the net at point blank range.

Huntly started to establish some dominance after taking the lead and another goal didn’t seem far away. That goal came as the away team were awarded a controversial free kick mid-way inside their opponents half. It had appeared it was rather the Byron player that was fouled, but nonetheless Harper picked up the ball and smashed it into the top corner. Magdziarz was given no chance by the free kick.

The game started to become a far messier affair after the third goal, with more fouls and it appeared the match was dying out as a contest.

However, Byron were given a life line when they received a penalty for a trip with another 20 minutes left to play. A golden opportunity but Grant’s penalty went over the bar.

There was still enough time for Huntly’s striker Shand to complete his hat trick. Another Blair Harper delivery from a corner, but this time a slightly different finish. Shand appeared at the back post, volleying in with his right foot.

The final whistle signalled an important three points for Huntly. They’ll know their quality from set pieces were integral to their win.

Following the result, Huntly find themselves third in the table, level with Byron. With a game in hand over table toppers Donside, Huntly will want to maintain their form and try and go top of the table.

Meanwhile, Byron know they are also still within touching distance, but having played more games than most other sides in the division can slip places without playing.

  • Full Time:
  • Byron Milan
  • 1-4
  • Huntly YFC

Lineups

Byron Milan
Huntly YFC
1. Ziemowit Magdziarz
2. Adam Law
3. Lennon Donegan
4. Owen Craig
5. Drew Grant
6. Brandon Wilkinson
7. Cameron Howitt
8. David Barclay
9. Joseph Caine
10. Alex Walker
11. Josh Walker
12. Tyler Reid
14. Corey Sangster
17. Taite Wisely
18. Brandyn Mclaggan
19. Kian Irvin
2. Gregg Fowlie
5. Grant Massie
6. Alec Gauld
7. Blair Harper
9. Shaun Cameron
10. Gregor Michie
11. Josh Cannal
12. Craig Stewart
14. Brodie Simpson
15. Scott Morrison
16. Ross Cruickshank
17. Elliot Milton
18. Logan Shand
19. Jamie Black
Star Player
Byron Milan
Huntly YFC
Byron number eight David Barclay was a powerful force in the home sides midfield. The midfielder was unlucky not to score when his shot smashed the cross bar from close range.
While Blair Harper had a fantastic performance, there was no way number 18 Logan Shand couldn't take man of the match. The striker took all three of his goals well and was a constant nuisance for the Byron defenders.
Magic Moment
Byron Milan
Huntly YFC
The magic moment for the home side came from goalkeeper Ziemowit Magdziarz. After saving a shot from Shand, the hosts keeper managed to kick his legs out, clearing the ball from his own back after his save only pushed the ball into the air.
Blair Harper's excellent free kick from mid away inside Byron's half that went flying into the oppositions net was undoubtedly the magic moment for Huntly.
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