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Albion lay down title marker against Lewis

Albion BC 6

Blair 15, 32, Mewse 25, Pirie 38, Degeus 45, Mitchell 53.

Lewis United Youth 0

  • Sunday, 02 February 2014
  • Spain Park
  • Under 13´s
  • 13s SoccerWorld League A

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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With all the hype surrounding the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup in youth football this weekend you could be forgiven for failing to notice this rather important 13s League A match was taking place. Both Albion and Lewis United went into the game with 100 per cent records in the league. Albion had won six from six games and Lewis had seven from seven. So a tight game was on the cards, but that never materialised. 
 
Albion took the lead after 15 minutes through striker Ryan Blair and never looked back. Goals from Blair again, Liam Mewse, Greg Pirie, Cor Degeus and Andrew Mitchell helped Albion hit their title rivals for six. Lewis picked a bad game to have an off day.
 
The first 10 minutes of the match didn’t indicate a potential one-sided game as it was a tight opening with no noteworthy chances.
 
Although it was clear that Albion’s game plan was to press their opponents high up the pitch. Lewis were struggling to get out of their own half at times.
 
When Lewis did break past Albion’s high pressing game they looked dangerous, particularly playmaker Joe Murray.
 
After 12 minutes Murray found space in Albion’s half and played an inch perfect through ball to striker John McKenzie but he side footed the ball marginally wide when one-on-one with Albion ‘keeper David Zdunczyk.
 
From then on, Albion took control.
 
Albion opened the scoring after 15 minutes when striker Ryan Blair latched on to a deflected through ball before knocking the ball past the last defender and coolly chipping over the advancing Matthew Buckham in goal. Blair hesitated for a second before shooting but found the perfect finish to give his side the lead.
 
10 minutes later Albion doubled their lead. A hopeful ball into the box was pounced on by winger Liam Mewse and he prodded the ball into the net from 10 yards.
 
Albion then scored a third shortly before half-time thanks to their high pressing game. Lewis wanted to play the ball out from the back but weren’t allowed to do so all game due to Albion being so far up the pitch. This forced goalkeeper Buckham to kick the ball long and on this occasion Albion retrieved the ball back quickly and 10 seconds later the ball was in the net again thanks to Blair grabbing his second.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Albion BC
  • 3-0
  • Lewis United Youth
Any hopes of a Lewis fight back were crushed three minutes into the second half when the hosts made it 4-0. Greg Pirie burst on to a loose ball and unleashed a ferocious shot into the top corner from the right-hand corner of the 18-yard box giving the goalkeeper no chance.
 
Lewis were deflated by this point but credit to them; they still tried to play football and score but it wasn’t their day.
 
Four became five in the 45th minute. Fergus Reid’s shot was well saved by Buckham but Cor Degeus reacted first to the rebound to slot in from six yards.
 
The hosts and now league leaders Albion finished the scoring through midfielder Andrew Mitchell. Degeus broke the offside trap and unselfishly squared the ball for Mitchell to tap in for a goal his performance deserved. For console users, this could be described as a “FIFA goal”.
 
So what promised to be a close game turned out to be a one-sided affair. The win moves Albion above Lewis and to the top of the table on goal difference. Albion also have a game in hand on Lewis. 
 
Despite the obviously disappointing defeat, there is no way Lewis can be discounted from the title race. If they win the reverse fixture against Albion, the two sides will be neck and neck again. That has to be their aim now and they need to move on from this result. 
  • Full Time:
  • Albion BC
  • 6-0
  • Lewis United Youth

Lineups

Albion BC
Lewis United Youth

1. David Zdunczyk
2. Josh Lumsden
4. Ewan Reid
6. Michael Michell
7. Andrew Mitchell
8. Matthew Fleming
9. Owen Duff
10. Jude Emeye
11. Jack Hamilton
12. Cor Degeus
14. Matthew Keenan
15. Liam Mewse
16. Fergus Reid
17. Greg Pirie
18. Ryan Blair
3. Morgan Bruce.

1. Matthew Buckham
2. Lucas Murray
3. Seth Moir
4. Rocky Troup
5. Harley Stewart
6. Ben Marr
7. Murray Esson
8. John McKenzie
10. Ross Potter
14. Brandon Reid
16. Bradley Wilson
18. Innes Coupland
19. Cai Matthews
20. Joe Murray

Star Player
Albion BC
Lewis United Youth
This was a difficult one because it was such a good team performance. But if I had to pick out one it would be midfielder Greg Pirie. Everything he did was with drive and purpose, even when the game was won. His pace and power was evident throughout.
This one was easy. Joe Murray who played in the number 10 role was superb first half. Found space frequently and more often than not picked the right pass. Also had a bag of tricks but used it only when needed. His running and playing style resembled Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
Magic Moment
Albion BC
Lewis United Youth
Ryan Blair's skillful chip over a stranded 'keeper which gave Albion the vital first goal.
Joe Murray's fabulous through ball to striker McKenzie which so nearly gave Lewis the lead.
Club Views
Albion BC
Lewis United Youth
Albion's John Hill said: "I must admit I thought the game would be closer but our kids were good all over the park."
Lewis' Craig Troup said: "Unbelievable. Our boys just didn't turn up today. We've been playing a lot better than that. We certainly didn't expect that."
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