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Spirited Spartans succumb to Salvesen CFC

Spartans FC Whites 3

Diaz 40, Diaz 49, Benfield 60

Salvesen CFC 9

Williamson 5, Williamson 8, Sinclair 19, McGinn 30, Williamson 35, Crees 37, Williamson 45, Law 56, Thomson 64, Williamson 69
  • Sunday, 02 February 2014
  • Wardie Playing Fields
  • Under 14´s
  • SERYFA Division 3
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Salvesen CFC delivered a clinical performance to dispatch a spirited Spartan Whites side 3-10 on a typical Scottish morning in a SERFYA Division 3 league match. Spartans hard work and spirit was admirable as Salvesen and the rain tried hard to dampen morale but in the end the bottom club could not keep the score-line low as they fought with 10 men.
The Whites succumbed to a brace from No.9 James Williamson with further goals from Greg Sinclair and Jamie McGinn settling the contest in the first half. The second half provided delight from a neutrals perspective as the attacking prowess of each team showed, further Salvesen goals from Williamson, Sam Crees, Cameron Law and Dylan Thomson would not go unanswered as the home side fought back with goals from Jared Diaz and Louis Benfield.
It was the away side with the early pressure, an inswinging corner missed every head and fell to Greg Sinclair near the back post, his resulting shot straight at the opposition ‘keeper with the goal gaping
Salvesen were soon rewarded however as a back pass from No.8 Jack Mearns slowed quickly on the poor pitch allowing centre forward James Williamson to take the ball round the ‘keeper and finish from a tight angle with 5 minutes on the clock.
Despite the Whites reacting well to the goal with a half chance for winger Louis Benfield, the mid table side doubled their lead catching their opponents on the break from a corner. Jamie McGinn put Williamson through on goal and his finish was clinical when one on one.
Spartans managed to get a chance to regroup after a dog ran onto the field however the winning side carried on harassing the Whites goal as Adam Harrower’s shot hit the woodwork. A few minutes later Harrower was showing his flair again as he crossed for Williamson who flicked the ball on to Greg Sinclair to finish from close range at the back post.
Home side keeper Ryan Kerr produced a magnificent save from point blank range and he was at it again as his defenders failed to clear the ball, producing another save, he was not let off for a third time though as the ball fell to Mcginn who made no mistake in slotting the rebound into the net on 30 minutes.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC Whites
  • 0-4
  • Salvesen CFC
The second half started with Salvesen on the front foot as again Kerr produced a plethora of great saves to try and keep the score low, however despite Spartans best efforts the ball ended up in their net again after they failed to clear, James Williamson with his hat-trick.
The away side continued their rout as they caught the Whites on a counter attack with Williamson putting Sam Crees through on goal who in turn rounded the keeper and slotted home to make the score 0-6.
Spartans Whites needed a man to step up to give their team consolation at least and winger Jared Diaz was that man. A magnificent solo run from the left saw him take on 3 players, cutting inside, before firing a shot into the top left past the helpless opposition keeper.
The Whites switched on after that goal and they pressed well, however they still could not handle the opposition frontman Williamson as his free scoring day continued. Driving up the centre of the pitch he hammered a shot into the top corner of the goal seemingly putting Spartans down again.
The resurgent home side would not back down as Diaz was again tearing down the left wing with a finish to near post to lead his teams come back and leaving him on the verge of a hat-trick.
Defence went out of the window as the goals were free flowing now, despite Diaz’s inspirational solo play the Spartan Whites could not keep another effort from finishing up in the back of their net, this time defender Cameron Law finishing into the left as a corner was not cleared.
This end to end display showed promising football being played and again the losing team reacted. Right winger Louis Benfield took on his fullback and in a smart move opened up to cross but instead slotted the ball near post past the unsuspecting keeper to make the score 3-8.
Patient play from Salvesen stretched the opposition defence and allowed substitute Dylan Thomson space to fire a shot into the bottom left corner past the keeper as they desperately tried to put Spartans courageous spirits down.
There was no reply from the Whites this time though and Williamson bagged his fifth and best goal as the ball popped up for him to dip a volley under the crossbar from 25 yards out with only seconds of the game remaining to make the final score 3-10.
The final score displayed a dominant showing from Salvesen CFC but it was not easy at times as the individual brilliance of Jared Diaz inspired his team to keep the score as low as they could despite having 10 men. The result leaves Spartans rock bottom of Division 3 although despite this there were many positives for their manager to ponder while Salvasen will welcome the increase to their goal difference.
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC Whites
  • 3-10
  • Salvesen CFC


Spartans FC Whites
Salvesen CFC
1. Ryan Kerr
2. Ross Kinnaird
3. Fraser Soutar
4. Teejay Conway
5. James Taylor
6. Lucas Gabriel
17. Christian Gizzi
8. Jack Mearns
9. Jack Clouston
10. Callum Reynolds
11. Tyron Bowman
12. Findlay Fairley
15. Louis Benfield
16. Mateusz Lezon
19. Mikey Jacome
23. Matthew Brown
25. Jared Diaz
1. Mitchell Campbell
2. Fraser Rowney
3. Callum Telford
4. Ben Hush
5. Cameron Law
6. Greg Sinclair
7. Adam Harrower
8. Chris Ramos
9. James Williamson
10. Jamie McGinn
11. Stephen Tansey
14. Scott McDougall
15. Sam Crees
16. Dylan Thomson
17. Jordan Martinez
21. Kyle Reid
Star Player
Spartans FC Whites
Salvesen CFC
Jared Diaz

Took it upon himself to score two solo goals of pure individual inspiration to motivate his side and tormented the opposition defence all game. Showed flair and class to make sure Salvesen had something to worry about.
James Williamson

Spearheading the Salvesen attack, he was in prolific goal scoring form bagging 5 in the game. Every time Spartans looked to get a hold in the game he would reply instantly. His performance was epitomized by his fifth goal a well struck volley from 25 yards.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC Whites
Salvesen CFC
Jared Diaz's first goal. A Messi-esque solo run down the left wing saw him take on three opposition defenders before cutting inside and curling an effort into the top left corner. Inspiration.
James Williamson's fifth goal. After scoring nearly every type of goal in his first four, he decided that a wonder goal was required. Thus he delivered when the ball came to him aerially 25 yards out he struck a powerful dipping volley over the keeper and under the crossbar.
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