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Syngenta outclass Wishaw to advance to Scottish Cup Final

Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers 1

Kyle 87'

Syngenta Juveniles 4

McCafferty 33', Gray 44', 52', Zarebski 90+2'
  • Sunday, 25 March 2018
  • The Falkirk Stadium
  • Under 19´s
  • Scottish Youth Cup

Wishaw Wycombe faced Syngenta Juveniles in this eagerly anticipated Scottish Cup semi-final, played at the Falkirk Stadium. 

The Central Region side defeated last years winners Clydebank 6-4 in the quarters to reach this stage, whilst Syngenta were looking to reach their third Scottish Cup final as a team. 

Wanderers kicked the game off playing in yellow and blue, shooting against Syngenta playing in orange. 

The first chance fell to Mark Kyle of Wishy only minutes in to the game, as he flashed a left footed shot across goal but nobody in yellow and blue could get a decisive touch. 

Both sides looked nervous in the opening stages and understandably so, with the winners advancing to the biggest games of the boys careers to date. 

Syngenta had their first chance after 15 minutes, as Flynn Gray had time to turn and shoot in the box but his shot was blocked from close range. 

Both teams were struggling on the ball inside the first half hour, as many passes went astray and very little chances were created. 

Colm Lafferty had a strike from about 25 yards out but his strike went well wide of the Syngenta goal.

Lafferty had another chance only minutes later when his header from a corner landed on the roof off the net as Wishaw started to create a chance or two but it was Syngenta who had more possession.  

Somewhat against the run of play, Robbie McCafferty found himself in acres of space clean through on the Wishaw goal and he slotted calmy past the goalkeeper to put Syngenta in front after 33 minutes. 

The team in orange were looking for more and started to pass the ball better and were forcing Wishy into playing longer balls to their strikers. 

Syngenta were starting to dominate possession and put the Wishaw goal under real pressure, who were just trying to hold out the interval.

On the stroke of halftime Syngenta doubled their lead and it was a wonderful team goal. After good play from Callan Stone at the edge of the box, he played a good ball out wide to McCafferty who put it on a plate for Gray to score and give his team a deserved two goal cushion.

Immediately from the kick off they won the ball back and McCafferty burst through on goal again but after being forced wide he could only cut the ball back and therewas nobody in orange to finish it off, as Wishaw were pleased to go into halftime only two goals down.  

  • Half Time:
  • Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
  • 0-2
  • Syngenta Juveniles

The second half began much the same as the first, subdued with no chances of note but now this suited Syngenta, Wishaw would have to do something to change the pattern of the game.

Syngenta scored again to almost kill the game off as a contest after 52 minutes and it was Gray who got his second of the game. After a great play from Stone on the left hand side he was able to cut the ball back for Gray to score his teams third and put one foot into the final. 

Wishy responded with several corners in succession, with Josh Lindsay having a good chance to pull one back as his header went over the bar, as they just couldn’t find that goal to get them back into the contest.

Wishaw were desperate to find that goal and some good play resulted in Cameron Browning having a shot from 12 yards out but it was comfortably saved by Mark Gordon.

Stone had a chance to really finish the game off but his strike from the edge of the box was brilliantly saved by Jamie Mitchell with 25 minutes to go. 

The game was beginning to fade with 15 minutes left as Syngenta were comfortable with their three goal cushion and retaining possession, and Wishy were struggling to create anymore clear cut chances. 

Gray had a good chance to complete his hat-trick from close range but his shot was well saved by the Wishaw goalkeeper. 

Wishaw grabbed a deserved goal for their persistence and desire to get back into the game, after 87 minutes. The ball dropped to Mark Kyle in the box and he finished smartly past the keeper but it was too little too late. 

Syngenta wrapped it up in injury time when McCafferty, a menace to the Wishaw defence all afternoon, found Jack Zarebski in acres of space clean through and he finished to the left of the keeper to make it 4-1 with seconds remaining.

The full time whistle blew moments later to spark scenes of celebration on the Syngenta bench as they advanced to their third Scottish Cup Final as team, and it was disappointment for Wishaw but they can be proud of their battling performance. 

  • Full Time:
  • Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
  • 1-4
  • Syngenta Juveniles

Lineups

Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
Syngenta Juveniles
1. Jamie Mitchell
2. Dom Lunny
3. Adam Blair
5. Dylan Monks
6. Gary Torrance
7. Aaron Bell
9. Euan Scott
10. Mark Kyle
11. Cameron Browning
12. Colm Lafferty
14. Daniel Mckeown
15.Cameron Fyffe
16. Kai Murdoch
18. Conor Smith
19. Josh Lindsay
20. Owen Mooney
1. Mark Gordon
3. Mitchell Speirs
5. Aaron Mcmillan
6. Robbie McCafferty
7. Declan Mcquillan
8. Alex Thomson
10. Jack Zarebski
12. Lee Allan
13. Callan Stone
14. Hayden Mclean
15. Josh Brown
16. Kyle Maclean
17. Grant Forrester
22. Flynn Gray
23. Allan Dickson
25. Jay Buist
Star Player
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
Syngenta Juveniles
The star player for Wishaw was Colm Lafferty, who despite his teams struggles throughout the game didn't give up and showed a real desire to get his team back into the contest. He was unlucky not to score with a header and battled away in midfield throughout the game.
The star player, and match winner for Syngenta was Robbie McCafferty, who tormented the Wishaw defence all afternoon. He was so cool in front of goal to get his teams first, and delivered a wonderful cross for Gray to score his teams second. McCafferty also had the awareness to provide another assist in the dying stages of the game, to finish off the semi-final with a goal and an assist.
Magic Moment
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
Syngenta Juveniles
The magic moment for Wishaw was getting on the scoreboard with only minutes to go when Kyle found the net, but overall it was a disappointing day for the men in yellow and blue. They will bounce back from this if they are able to keep the core of the team together.
The magic moment for Syngenta was their fantastic team goal to put them two up at the end of the first half. Stone managed to break away from his marker at the edge of the box and he played a nice ball out to McCafferty, who delivered a wonderful assist for Gray who had the simple task of scoring into an empty net to send their team on their way to final. It was a strong, solid performance from Syngenta who certainly have enough fire power to trouble whoever they face in the final.
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