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FDS 2001 earn first win this season after difficult run of fixtures

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FDS 2001
Huntly YFC
Summers 29
Paul 65


ADJFA League 'A'
29 September 2013
Author: Scott McPherson

FDS 2001 moved up to fourth place in the 13s SoccerWorld League A after securing their first three points of the season with a hard fought 2-0 win over Huntly FC.
FDS went into the match looking for their first league points of the season after what manager Simon Robertson described as a “really tough start to the season”. Their first three league matches saw them come up against Lewis United Youth A, Albion BC and Donside Juvenile FC who all boast a one hundred per cent in the league so far.
Huntly also went into the match looking to get off the mark but they had only played one league game previous, a 6-2 defeat to Glentanar BC.
The match itself was a very even contest but FDS looked by far the more potent in attack and they were rewarded with a goal in each half by Alfie Summers and Robbie Paul. FDS deserved their win but credit to Huntly for staying in the game and giving themselves a chance to get something from it. Quite often when a team concedes a second goal they collapse but that never happened to the visitors.
The home side started the match in the ascendancy and nearly opened the scoring after three minutes. A great cross from Summers was plucked out the air by Brodie Stewart but his goal bound shot was deflected wide for a corner.
The theme of the opening 10 minutes was FDS corners as they had a succession of them but couldn’t turn any of them into a goal.
FDS striker Stuart Marshall was a constant threat early on and his pace saw him run in behind the Huntly defence on a number of occasions to create chances for his team.
On 12 minutes Huntly goalkeeper Tom Mcgowan had to be alert to keep out FDS winger Summers. Summers twisted and turned in and out of a couple of defenders before firing at goal but Mcgowan was equal to it.
Four minutes later Huntly nearly took the lead against the run of play. Lee Scott’s 20-yard free kick went marginally wide of goal with FDS ‘keeper Fraser Scott scrambling across.
Huntly were buoyed by that near miss and came even closer soon after. Gregor Whyte’s left foot crosses were a danger all game and on this occasion he found teammate Marc Winchester with one of them but Winchester couldn’t steer his shot into the goal.
FDS responded to that close shave by hitting the woodwork. Marc Mowat’s cross/shot clattered off the upright and bounced away from danger.
An opening goal seemed imminent and it finally came after 29 minutes. More selfless running from FDS’ Marshall resulted in him crossing for Summers who snuck in at the back post and side footed the ball into an empty net. 

Half Time: FDS 2001 1-0 Huntly YFC 
Huntly swapped their goalkeepers at half time with Brogan Fraser protecting their goal for the second period and he was forced into a couple of great saves immediately. 
He firstly saved brilliantly from Mowat’s smashed shot from point blank range. He then denied Summers as the winger ran through on goal.
FDS thought they had beaten Fraser and put the game beyond doubt after 61 minutes but Stewart’s goal was rightly chopped off for offside.
They did double their lead five minutes before the final whistle. A free kick was only cleared as far as Paul who took his time before rolling the ball into the vacated net.
On chances created, FDS certainly deserved their victory but there wasn’t much between the sides. The difference on the day was Huntly’s high defensive line. FDS were able to exploit it almost every time with Marshall’s pace latching on to through balls. Huntly also frequently tried to play through balls but the difference was FDS’ backline was 10 yards deeper preventing the Huntly attackers from getting in behind them.
Despite the defeat, a lot of positives for Huntly manager Mark Scott to take from what was only their second 11 a-side match. 
Full Time: FDS 2001 2-0 Huntly YFC


FDS 2001 Huntly YFC

1. Fraser Scott
2. Ryan Lawrence
3. Cameron Yeoman
4. Kieran Hinchcliffe
5. Robbie Paul
7. Matthew Owen
8. Stewart Gerrie
9. Lewis Robertson
10. Stuart Marshall
11. Alfie Summers
12. Will Storey
14. Marc Mowat
15. Douglas Rorrison
16. Cameron Pirie
17. Brodie Stewart


1. Tom Mcgowan
3. Cameron Rae
4. Ryan Donald
5. Jack Craib
6. Gavin Cameron
7. Marcus Finlay Murray
8. Lee Scott
9. Gregor Whyte
10. Jay Ross Morrison
12. Marc Winchester
14. Aaron Anderson
15. Kane Cooper

18. David Kaniewski 

21. Brogan Fraser


Alfie Summers was thoroughly entertaining to watch as a neutral. He had the skills to beat a man but also the final ball to match, which is a rarity.
Goalkeeper Brogan Fraser made a number of good saves in the second half to keep his team in the match.
Simon Robertson, manager of FDS 2001, said: "I thought we played really well. 
"That's our first win of the season so hopefully we'll kick on from that. 
"We showed a lot of passion and commitment today and everyone played their part. I thought we were superb."
Mark Scott, manager of Huntly YFC, said: "I just think FDS had a little bit more desire to win the game. They were first to the ball a lot of the time.
"FDS were on top first period and we came into it second period.
"All in all a well contested game.
"FDS deserved the victory."
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