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Unstoppable Blantyre romp past EK

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EK Burgh United
Blantyre BC
U14's Lanarkshire FDA League
In what was probably Blantyre's best performance of the season, six goals were dispatched against EK Burgh, giving the visitors three valuable league points. Each area of the team performed well, working hard for each other with no lack of skill or commitment. The Yellows should be proud of how this season is developing, with each game showing growing maturity and match awareness.

The EK Burgh side took the field with a determination to make their mark on the game. The central midfield partnership demonstrated no shortage of talent and vision, leaving Blantyre's Luke McKibbon and James O'Donnelly with a shift ahead of them to control the centre of the park. As has been the case so often this season, the pairing were up to the task and fought relentlessly to get a solid grip on the game. McKibbon was central to the opening goal, with him driving onto a Declan Conroy pass. The midfielder surged to the byline before sending over a fantastic cross ball. Stuart Simpson showed athleticism and determination in equal measure to get on the end of it, making it 1-0 to the visitors.

This goal seemed to make Blantyre more determined and it was not long before the lead was added to. O'Donnelly chased a ball out to the right hand touchline and looked for support. Just as he seemed likely to pass the ball to a team mate, young Tash momentariy thought he was Messi, spinning away from two Burgh players before speeding past the big central defender into the heart of the box. His shot was pushed onto the post by the impressive EK keeper. However, O'Donnelly was first to pounce on the loose ball, firing Blantyre into a 2 goal lead.

The first half was characterised by a series of terrific corner kicks swung in by Michael McGinty. How Blantyre didn't score from one of these set pieces is a mystery, with Luke McPartlin and Conroy having close efforts. On another day, goals would certainly have arrived, but the travellers had to content themselves with 2-0 margin when the half time whistle blew.
Half Time: EK Burgh United 0-2 Blantyre BC
The second half saw Blantyre continue their domination of play. James was on the score sheet yet again, when a square ball from Conroy found him on the edge of the box. The midfielder dragged the ball round with his right foot, making space for a left foot shot, which nestled in the bottom left hand corner of the net. Simpson was to add his own second goal when the ball arrived at his feet after some determined Blantyre play. The skillful striker struck the ball well and was sharp to follow up the rebound with a net bursting shot. This was no less than he deserved for another polished and hard working display. His forward play alongside strike partner Luke, gave the EK defenders very little breathing space. Luke was unlucky on a few occasions not to add to his 13 goal tally for the season.

The fifth goal came from Reiss Mulvanney, who had been a menace from corners all game. A glancing header by O'Donnelly from a McGinty corner, landed at the sweeper's feet and he made no mistake in dispatching his shot to make it 5-0.

East Kilbride grabbed a consolation goal soon after, enjoying their best spell of the match. In spite of brave attempts at blocking and a fine effort from Jason in goals, the home team pulled the scoring back to 5-1. This marked changes in personnel for the visitors, with Michael Kolek, Mark McWilliams and Liam McKendrick all coming on. The new players slotted in seamlessly and continued the fine efforts of Darren, Ryan and Luke who made way for them. Jake Logan came on for Mulvanney late on and worked hard up front. Mark made an immediate impact, with a driving run, picking up Michael with a good pass. The passage of play brought the next goal, with Michael striking an unstoppable left foot shot into the left hand side of the goal, completing the scoring at 6 goals to 1.

Blantyre worked hard to the final whistle and were unlucky not to go 7-1 up when McWilliams' 25 yard left footed effort came crashing back off the bar.

This was an impressive team performance by any standard. Jason put in another assured performance, looking confident and safe throughout. The central defensive partnership of Mulvanney and McGuinness were immense all game. The full backs pairing of Reeves and McStravvoch were busy, determined and creative. The wide midfield players, Conroy and McGinty, worked their socks off and were a nightmare for the Burgh defence, with their runs and passing. The forward partnership of McPartlin and Simpson worked tirelessly and threatened the EK defense constantly. Finally the central midfielders, O'Donnelly and McKibbon, were a true partnership, with a telepathic understanding of positioning and changing roles throughout the game.

Blantyre were outstanding in this game and the whole squad should be proud of themselves. Next up is a League Cup game against Dalziel BC. The boys are feeling confident going into the match and the coaches cannot blame them. If the team demonstrates the same attitude and level of skill on display against EK Burgh, then they will be a joy to watch once again.
Full Time: EK Burgh United 1-6 Blantyre BC
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