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Honours even in Sheddocksley thriller

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14s SoccerWorld League C
Sheddocksley
22 September 2013
 
Author: Daniel McKay
 
Summer made a return to the north-east this morning as North Star Phoenix hosted Kemnay FC in the 14s SoccerWorld League C.  After some confusion over which pitch the game was to be played on, the game eventually kicked off with the famous Sheddocksley slope bathed in sunshine.  Both sides had started their seasons well with two wins and a defeat each, so a close encounter was expected.
 
North Star Phoenix threatened first in the 4th minute when Jordan Baillie went close with a looping effort before David Vaughan’s close range drive brought a good save from Finn Ross.  Two minutes later Nathan Sangster rounded the keeper for Kemnay but found the angle was too tight so had to bring the ball back inside.  By this time the keeper was back in position and pulled off a fine save.
 
Kemnay broke the deadlock 14 minutes.  Liam Clark beat the offside trap and had all the time in the world to coolly slot home past the keeper.  The home side responded well and Baillie was unlucky to see his shot saved at the near post after getting away from a couple of defenders in the box.
 
The equaliser did come in the 21st minute though, and it was Cole Morrison with an assured finish from inside the box.  Just as Phoenix responded well to Kemnay’s goal, so Kemnay reacted to the equaliser.  Liam Clark’s low drive from just outside the area forced Brandon Rosendale into a decent stop.
 
The game was raging from end to end and Vaughan saw his powerful shot on the turn tipped over the bar by Ross on 25 minutes.  The same player went close again a couple of minutes later with a central free kick on the edge of the box, but once again he was denied by the goalkeeper.
 
In the final action of the half Finn Ross pulled off yet another great save from a free kick, this time from Baillie, before Vaughan fired the rebound wide.
 
Half Time: North Star Phoenix 1-1 Kemnay FC 
 
North Star Phoenix absolutely flew out of the traps at the start of the second half.  They caught their opponents sleeping and took the lead just 30 seconds after the restart!  Cole Morrison got the goal, his second of the morning, after racing away down the left and executing a terrific finish into the bottom corner from a tight angle.
 
On 38 minutes Jack Leadbetter had a go at doubling Phoenix’s lead, but he couldn’t beat Ross from the ‘D’.  Kemnay then went on the attack with Sangster charging away down the right and breaking into the box.  Just as he was about to pull the trigger though Lewis Willox intervened with a fantastic last ditch challenge.
 
Kemnay kept coming though and did manage to level things just two minutes later.  Kevin Low went on a good run down the left and found Aiden Sheridan in the middle.  Sheridan took a touch to control before feigning to shoot one way and, as the keeper dived, rolling the ball the other way into the net.
 
The scores were not level for long though as the home side retook the lead within three minutes.  Cole Morrison completed his hat trick with some textbook striking play, lurking in the box, waiting for his chance and when it came, smashing the ball home, leaving the keeper with no chance.
 
North Star were playing some really classy football and a great one-touch passing move in the 50th minute sliced through the Kemnay defence and almost led to a goal.   Vaughan’s powerful strike was expertly saved by the impressive Finn Ross.
 
On 56 minutes Sangster broke through the Phoenix defence and into the box, he hit his shot with real venom but Rosendale managed to tip it over the crossbar.  David Vaughan was doing everything he could to get on the score sheet but his shot on the turn from 25 yards was saved once again by Ross.
 
North Star Phoenix had been defending magnificently but Kemnay were not going to give up.  Five minutes from time the visitors got their reward.  A really dangerous ball across the face of goal was met Nathan Sangster whose effort looped up over the keeper and then dipped underneath the cross bar to level things up at 3-3.
 
Neither team were content to sit back and settle for a draw, but neither were able to create any real chances to win it in the final few minutes.  All in all a draw was probably the fair result although Kemnay will be happier than Phoenix with their point due to the late equaliser.  It was a really entertaining, end-to-end game with good quality football being played.  
 
Full Time: North Star Phoenix 3-3 Kemnay FC

 

North Star Phoenix Kemnay FC
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1. Brandon Rosendale
2. Kallum Murray
3. Lewis Willox
5. Craig Frost
17. Jack Leadbetter
16. Cole Morrison
11. Scott Kerr
6. Dylan Henderson
10. Copland Wood
7. David Vaughan
9. Jordan Baillie
8. Ellis Masson
15. Nicky Donaldson
20. Khalifa Alkali
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1. Finn Ross
4. Cammy Muirhead
14. Lewis McDonald
6. Stevie MacAulay
5. Matthew Cassidy
16. Nathan Sangster
9. George Benzie
21. Kevin Low
17. Duncan Mutch
10. Craig Benson
2. Nathan Smith
11. Matthew Dailey
18. Aiden Sheridan
22. Sam Hunter
3. Liam Clark
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Cole Morrison deserves to be Man of the Match for his sublime hat trick.  He caused no end of problems for Kemnay and was a real threat from midfield.
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Finn Ross pulled off some absolutely superb saves to keep his side in the game and commanded his penalty box really well.
 
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Barry Henderson, Manager of North Star Phoenix for the day, said: "It was a close game, we had a lot of opportunities, I think we should’ve took more but it’s probably a deserved draw.  Absolutely gutted about the late equaliser, I’m only filling in today so I was hoping for a win!"
 
Asked about Morrison's hat trick he said:  "Aye he played brilliant.  Didn’t expect it from left midfield but he did really well."
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Ally Campbell, Manager of Kemnay FC, said: "Very close match.  I think North Star Phoenix and Kemnay are well matched teams.  Basically both teams worked very hard so I think it was a fair result at the end of the day with the draw.  I’m happy to get that late equaliser.  It’s nice to win but we’ll settle for a draw today.  So well pleased for the boys, they really worked very, very hard there, as I say, well matched teams, so, happy!"
 
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