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Spartans in comfortable win over Currie in seven-goal thriller

Currie FC 2

Own Goal 21, Mertone 55

Spartans FC Youth 2002 5

Parker 19, Deas 31, Di Domenico 53, 56, Michalak 59
  • Sunday, 26 April 2015
  • Pentland View Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Division 3
Daniel Dormer

Daniel Dormer | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Spartans achieved what looked like a comfortable win over Currie FC in the bottom places of the division 3, but with just three points separating them before the game and both good footballing teams there was a lot to play for towards the end of the season.

The first chance of the game took place for Spartans as Joe McGowan stole the ball from the Currie defence and had a shot on goal that was directed straight into  Currie goalkeepr Alexander Stobie.

The next chance came for the away team once again as a goal kick from Jack Miller went to the halfway line at Harris Deas who controlled the ball well before volleying it over to McGowan whose shot went wide.

Currie, after playing good football in the centre of the park, finally had a chance in the Spartans area as Innes Skinner had a good run from the halfway line into the box where he tried a near-post shot but was blocked for a corner.

Spartans were straight back at them as Tyler Munro had a shot from the right side of the pitch which was saved well by Stobie.

Spartans were pouncing on another Currie mistake as the defence was unorganised which Christopher Gordon had a shot that was blocked by Jack Weir and cleared back to Gordon who had another go at goal but the keeper came out on top.

Soon after, Kacper Michalak had a crack at goal but Stobie put it behind for Spartans to get a corner. The ball was played into the box well but after a couple headers in the box it fell to Lewis Parker who toe-punted the ball into the bottom corner making the score 1-0 after 19 minutes.

Just a few minutes later the home team looked to score with great football in the midfield as Skinner passed it to Liam Brown. He played it wide to Weir who moved the ball onto Bryan Blackburn. He played the ball low into the box where the ball bounced of a helpless Spartans player into the net drawing the score to 1-1.

Currie were not done after their goal as Liam Brown played the ball to Emilio Mertone who had a good firm shot that Millar managed to save onto his right post before the ball was cleared.

A very surprising goal came next as Deas took a corner for Spartans that went over everyone’s head before managing to find its way into the back of the net on the stroke of half time, advancing the score to 2-1.

  • Half Time:
  • Currie FC
  • 1-3
  • Spartans FC Youth 2002

Currie came at Spartans for the first big chance of the second half as Mertone made a great cross from the left wing into substitute Archie Hamilton who hit the ball first time on his right foot but it rebounded off the upright.

Spartans changed a few positions around at halftime and it showed quickly as Josef Di Domenico had a long shot from a bobble on the pitch, where the substitute Currie keeper Cameron Hunter made an easy save.

The away side had another sight at goal as Michalak latched onto a loose Currie pass before taking the ball wide and took a shot across goal that just went wide.

Spartans after loading pressure on Currie managed to break through as Xander McMillan played a great ball to Di Domenico who finished the ball into the corner to make it 3-1.

About a minute later, Currie came straight back as a good cross from the right found Mertone who smashed the ball into the roof of the net making the score 3-2.

The goal craze did not end there as a minute later Di Domenico scored from close range keeping the two-goal advantage at 4-2 after 56 minutes.

Nearly straight from kickoff, Hamilton ran along the inside of the box where he was taken down for a penalty. Ben Steel stepped up and place the ball well but Millar made a fantastic save keeping Currie from scoring again.

Spartans countered from the saved penalty as McGowan ran down the wing where he played a cross that hit the far post but the rebound was luckily turned in by Michalak to make the score 5-2.

The last chance of the game was created by Di Domenico who beat a few players but Currie keeper Hunter was out quickly to stop Di Domenico from advancing the score in their favour even more.

  • Full Time:
  • Currie FC
  • 2-5
  • Spartans FC Youth 2002


Currie FC
Spartans FC Youth 2002
1. Alexander Stobie/ Cameron Hunter
2. Bryan Blackburn
3. Lewis Thompson
4. Andy Nicol
5. Toby Duncan-Lloyd
6. Liam Brown
7. Jack Weir
8. Innes Skinner
9. Archie Hamilton
10. Ben Steel
11. Emilio
12. Alexander Goodall
14. Callum Wilson
16. Zac Miller
19. Ross Lamont
1. Jack Millar
3. Ewan Scott
4. Xander McMillan
5. Lee Hughes/ Christopher Gordon
7. Kacper Michalak
8. Josef Di Domenico
9. Joe McGowan
11. Tyler Munro
17. Abdul Kadin
18. Lee Russell
20. Harris Deas
41. Lewis Parker
Star Player
Currie FC
Spartans FC Youth 2002
Bryan Blackburn - Had a lot of energy to use on the right wing in the first half but the rest of the team were equally as good with lots of good passing amongst them.
Josef Di Domenico -Had a great game, doing defensive duties in the first half and going forward in the second shown by his brace.
Magic Moment
Currie FC
Spartans FC Youth 2002
Currie's first goal - Although it was an own goal,the build up play was great with great shows of passing into space and teamwork.
Deas' corner goal was a goal of madness and surprise amongst all the players on the pitch.
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