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.