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Barker and McDonald both fire doubles to help sink Dunbar

Currie Star 5

McDonald 19 & 29, Barker 23 & 33 Kane, 60

Dunbar United Colts 2

Binning 32, Young 70
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Meggetland
  • Under 17´s
  • League
Kyle Brown

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Braces from Jackson Barker and Calum McDonald helped Currie Star see off Dunbar United in the 1998’s age group on Saturday by a score of 5 goals to 2. McDonalds goals either side of Barker’s slick finish had the home side cruising ahead at 3-0; however, Cameron McAlpine replied for Dunbar which would have given the side a glimmer of hope had Barker not scored once again for Dunbar immediately after Currie took centre. Both sides scored a goal apiece in the second half, with Dominic Kane adding Currie’s fifth before a late reply from Ryan Young concluded the scoring.
 
Judging by the glorious sun and perfect astroturf pitch at Meggetland you would have been forgiven into thinking these would be terrific playing conditions. It was anything but: a horrific wind disrupted the game often and it meant chances created were all too few and far between.
 
The first real chance that the game presented to either side ended up with a Currie goal: some fine individual striking play from Arran Singh allowed him to get a shot away - albeit one the keeper would have saved had it not ricocheted off a defender and presented an open goal to strike partner McDonald who duly turned the ball home. 
 
Callum Thomson in the Currie goal was called upon for the first time on the 21st minute mark - the big goalie got down well to hold onto a twenty five yard drive from Kyle Binning. 
 
Unfortunately for Dunbar the next fifteen minutes saw Currie grab three goals and what proved to be an unassailable lead.
 
First came Barker’s effort who nonchalantly capped off a slick passing move with a sweet finish from outside the box: a shot which required little power because of the technical accuracy that left Dunbar’s goalkeeper Stuart Allan no chance.
 
Things swiftly went from bad to worse though when a defensive mix up allowed McDonald to swing a boot at a loose ball which sailed into an empty net to complete a brace and give his side a three goal lead.
 
McDonald almost completed a hat trick when he knocked a header down from a corner, but the defender on the line more than did his job by hoofing the ball to safety.
 
Dunbar thought they got right back into the game when Binning emphatically finished off a fine move involving himself and strike partner Cameron McAlpine - the forward fired across Thomson and duly gave the goalie no chance.
 
Dunbar probably felt it wasn’t to be their day though when Barker got his second in almost identical fashion to McDonald’s first goal that opened the scoring: another weak effort came off a defender and the midfielder was never going to miss an open goal from ten yards out to put his side 4-1 ahead going into the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 4-1
  • Dunbar United Colts
After half time the wind worsened and it only weighted to slow the game down more, albeit both sides did have chances. The best early chance probably came the way of Dunbar’s Ewan Stark twelve minutes after the restart - a stroke of bad luck saved Currie though as the midfielder miscued and sliced his shot away. Kieran Armstrong had a go from distance which bounced and squirmed in front of Thomson’s goal and the big goalie did well to get his body behind the ball and divert it away from danger.
 
Currie came the closest to scoring though twenty minutes after left-back Domenico Pacitti hit the cross bar from fully thirty five yards: questions have to be asked whether it was a shot or a cross though.
 
It was indeed Currie who did get the first goal of what had been in general a lacklustre second half hampered by the weather:  Kane’s run in between the defence was found by a sweet pass and the striker sped through on goal to side foot home, despite the best efforts of Allan who got a strong hand on the ball.
 
Dunbar captain Luke Archibald almost scored a total fluke from a free kick when his in-swinging cross blew towards goal and looked destined for the back of the net until Thomson’s terrific one handed intervention kept the score at 5-1.
 
He was to be beaten a second time though as Young’s cool finish cut the lead to three goals with eight minutes to go. It was to be though too much of a task for Dunbar to get something out of this game late on, and thus the tie ended 5-2.
 
A game that on the whole was pretty even and, despite the wind, both sides did their best to play creative, innovative and attacking football and both deserve credit for that. I’m sure when these sides next meet it will be yet another thrilling game: that thought though, will be put on hold until that day comes.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 5-2
  • Dunbar United Colts

Lineups

Currie Star
Dunbar United Colts
1. Callum Thomson
2. Calum Brown
3. Domenico Pacati
4. Jackson Barker
5. Jack Blaney
6. Liam Hutchison
8. Calum McDonald
9. Dominic Kane
10. Arran Singh
11. Sean Watt
12. Phillip Blaney
15. Aidan Quinn
17. Donnie Campbell
1. Stuart Allan
2. Luke Archibald
3. Rory Pillbeam
4. Dylan Gillies
5. James Forrest
6. Harry Bowles
7. Kieran Armstrong
8. Ewan Stark
9. Ryan Young
10. Cameron McAlpine
11. Kyle Binning
12. William Phillips
13. Callum Brading
14. Jack Whithers
15. David Darling
16. Tyler Robinson
Star Player
Currie Star
Dunbar United Colts
Jackson Barker deserved the Home Star Player award because whilst Currie won Saturday's game because of solid team performance, Barker scored the pick of the goals with his first - a fine effort indeed.
Luke Archibald for me deserves the Away Star Player award because he was dependable throughout and remained defensively solid the entire match.
Magic Moment
Currie Star
Dunbar United Colts
Jackson Barker's first goal was - as I have said repeatedly - technically excellent and as such deserved the Home Magic Moment.
Kyle Binning capped off a fine move for the first Dunbar goal and as such wins the Away Magic Moment.
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