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Spartans find Currie to hot to handle

Spartans FC Whites 0

Currie FC 6

McGurk 16' 31' 54' 61' Gilhooley 45' Laidlaw 70+2'
  • Tuesday, 14 April 2015
  • Broughton High School
  • Under 14´s
  • SERYF Laegue - Division 3
Spartans FC Whites went down 6-0 to Currie FC at Broughton High School in a game that nearly never went ahead. Goals from Reece McGurk, Alex Gilhooley and Christopher Laidlaw secured all three points for the Currie side without reply from a depleted Spartans team.
The game only went ahead through quick organisational skills by the Spartans officials with the aid of referee Michael Scott. The game was to be played at Wardie but due to the fact that this venue closed on Sunday, Spartans managed to secure Broughton High School last minute. So everyone was bundled into cars and transported down the road for this midweek fixture.
Currie got the game underway and came close in the fourth minute when a ball in from Reece McGurk from the left was met by Kyle Hepplewhite at the near post. Unfortunately he directed his header straight at Matt Bagshaw in the Spartans goal.
Spartans then looked to have opened the scoring minutes later when Lucas Gabriel found Tyron Bowman on the left side of the box. Bowman curled the ball brilliantly towards the top far corner only be denied by a superb one handed save which put the ball behind for a corner by Jack Adams.
A long searching ball forward by Isaac Mackie was latched onto by Hepplewhite but with all the goal to aim at he fired his shot from the edge of the box straight at Bagshaw who saved well with his feet. The Spartans keeper was called into action again when he denied Cameron Buchan with a fine save after being played in by Mackie on the left.
Buchan then had a great chance to open the scoring on the quarter of an hour mark but he somehow managed to blast his shot over the bar from just six yards out. That was all forgotten a minute later though when McGurk found himself free just inside the box and fired a dipping shot over the helpless Bagshaw to put Currie in front.
Into the last 10 minutes of the half and Spartans were sitting deeper and deeper which invited Currie onto them. A superb corner from Mackie on the right flashed across the front of the Spartans goal but none of the Currie players could take advantage. 
The pressure was building and Currie thought they had doubled their lead on 27 minutes but Gilhooley's shot rattled the cross bar and after a mad scramble in the Spartans box the ball found its way back to Gilhooley. His shot though was well saved.
Mackie then had the ball in the Spartans net but his celebration was cut short as the ref blew for offside. The Currie man did not argue with the call as he knew himself that was the case.
Currie could sense a goal was coming and continued to pour forward with McGurk putting a shot high and wide of the right hand post. The Currie man was not to be denied though and a minute later when he claimed Currie’s and his second of the game with 31 minutes played. McGurk latched onto the end of a through ball from Hepplewhite and given all the time in the world to pick his spot, he calmly slotted the ball beyond Bagshaw finding the left side of the goal.
It was all Currie and they could and should of increased their goal tally before half time when Hepplewhite had a great chance a minute later but his shot just sneaked past the post.
Spartans then had Bowman to thank right on half time when he cleared a fine Buchan strike off the goal line to make sure they went into the break only the two goals behind.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC Whites
  • 0-2
  • Currie FC
Currie started off the second half as they ended the first on the attack. Hepplewhite picked the ball up on the right a minute into the second period and blasted a shot across goal which went narrowly out at the far post. 

Spartans then created a couple of half chances when Jared Diaz showed good work and control on the edge of the box to set up Kerr, but he fired straight at Adams in the Currie goal. The roles then were reversed when Adams became supplier for Diaz and played him through, but he was crowded out by the Currie players before he could get his shot away.

The Spartans rest bite was short live when McGurk slipped the ball out to Mackie who whipped a ball into the back post area, but luckily for the home side Ross McDermid could not connect with the ball.

Currie did increase their lead minutes later though when Mackie found Gilhooley who shifted the ball brilliantly onto his right foot and lashed home from 12 yards out.

Things got worse for Spartans as they were reduced to ten men on 49 minutes after James Taylor had to be withdrawn with an injury. This would not have been a problem if their only other outfield sub didn't had to leave the field of play earlier in the half with a thigh problem.

Currie smelt blood and McGurk should have done better when from six yards out he blasted straight at Bagshaw. Four minutes later he made up for his mistake as he completed his hat-trick when he fired home, finding the far corner of the Currie net to put the game beyond the Ainslie Park side.

Spartans had very few flurries up field but a good break saw Kerr feed in Diaz who hit a powerful shot. Adams couldn't hold the initial shot, but thankfully for Currie he managed to collect at the second attempt. The same player was nearly through on goal again when Bowman tried to find him with an eye of the needle pass and was not far from succeeding, but the ball was cut out by the Currie player.

The same two combined again when Bowman on the right played a wonderful cross field pass to find Diaz. The little maestro then drove towards the goal line but his touch was just a little to heavy and he ran the ball out of play for a goal kick.

Into the last 10 minutes and with Spartans caught up field, Mackie played a long ball forward from his own half which was chased down by McGurk, who was possibly offside. His initial shot was blocked by Bagshaw but he reacted well to the loose ball to fire into a empty net and to claim his fourth and Currie’s fifth of the game.

McGurk should have found the back of the Spartans goal again two minutes later when he disposed Jack Means on the edge of his box and with the time to pick his spot, he blasted wildly over the bar from 12 yards out much to his annoyance.

The last five minutes and it was the Bagshaw show as he produced save after save to deny Currie. Mackie picked the ball up in the box, but the Spartans man between the sticks produced a top save to push the ball onto the bar and he then reacted quickly to clear before any of the Currie players could take advantage.

Bagshaw then denied Dre Marinello after a good move involving Mackie and McGurk, who had been impressive all night for Currie as the two of them ran the show for the visitors. He had no time to take breath as Currie came at his goal again through with Buchan this time, but the keeper produced another great save to deny the Currie man. Bagshaw then denied Buchan again thirty seconds later with another fine stop to keep the score line as it was.

Spartans seemed to have nothing left in the tank and Currie just kept coming at them and again the home side's keeper came to the rescue when he tipped a well hit shot from Mackie behind for a corner. The resulting corner was then played straight out by Mackie.

Into two minutes added on time and you had to feel sorry for Bagshaw who had worked wonders to keep Currie at bay in the closing stages when Currie claimed their sixth goal of the game. Another long ball forward caught Spartans unaware at the back and when Daniel Shephard squared the ball to Laidlaw who fired home to complete the scoring.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC Whites
  • 0-6
  • Currie FC


Spartans FC Whites
Currie FC
1. Matt Bagshaw
2. Ross Kinaird
5. James Taylor
6. Lucas Gabriel
8. Jack Means
9. Jack Clouston
10. Callum Reynolds
11. Tyron Brown
15. Louis Benfield
16. Mateusz Lezon
18. Ryan Kerr
19. Mikey Jacome
25. Jared Diaz
1. Jack Adams
2. Kieran Patton
3. Ross McDermid
4. Max Charlston
5. Joseph Burns
6. Alex Gilhooley
7. Isaac Mackie
8. Lee Coleman
9. Christopher Laidlaw
10. Cameron Buchan
11. Reece McGurk
12. Oliver Leavy
14. Liam Donaldson
15. Dillon Morris
16. Daniel Shepherd
17. Robert Tully
18. Kyle Hepplewhite
19. Dre Marinello
21. Daniel Erasmuson
Star Player
Spartans FC Whites
Currie FC
Matt Bagshaw - A good display in goal and he kept the score line down on numerous occasions, especially in the last five minutes of the game. He produced several superb stops.
Reece McGurk - A danger all night when he was on the ball and could have added to the four goals he scored.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC Whites
Currie FC
Although up against it in the second half the home side never let their heads go down and kept trying to play football. Despite not scoring, they came close on several occasions.
The understanding between Isaac Mackie and Reece McGurk seemed telepathic at times with their link up play.
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