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North Merchiston claim Division 2 League Cup defeating Livingston FCBC

Livingston FCBC 1

Charles (p) 79

North Merchiston 3

Gilmour 13, Towns 50, Cheshire 73
  • Friday, 08 May 2015
  • Saughton Enclosure
  • Under 15´s
  • Division 2 League Cup Final

Livingston FCBC got the final kicked off and a free kick in the first minute from McIlhone went straight through to Struan Cant to give him a early touch of the ball.  A free kick for high feet against Nathan Gilmour gave Livingston another opportunity to get the ball forward.

Matt Crosbie took the set piece from 30 yards out on the right and he certainly caught it well when he forced Cant into a good one-handed stop at the far post. Livingston started the game brightly and their next chance came through Michael Shanks when he drove in on goal but he put his shot wide.

Merchiston’s first real chance came through a 25-yard free kick which was played in by Thomas Steedman but his effort was headed behind for a corner. The resulting corner was played in from the left by Andrew Towns but Livingston dealt with it comfortably as they headed clear.

The best chance of the game so far came on nine minutes in favour of the West Lothian side when Shanks picked up the ball on the left and powered down the touch line before cutting inside. His ball into the box was met by Leuan Ford and his shot was deflected into the path of Ben Stewart coming in at the far post but the Livingston man could not get the connection he required to knock the ball home.

Merchiston opened the scoring on 13 minutes after Cheshire saw his shot blocked and when it fell to Gilmour on the right side of the box he fired across goal finding the far corner, slightly against the run of play.

A great ball across the Merchiston box from Shanks was just begging for someone to knock it home but the ball went harmlessly over to the far side which was then cleared upfield. A free kick inside their own half was taken by McIIhone but it flew just over the bar.

It was a good competitive game and Livingston came forward again when a pot-shot from distance by Ford flew wildly over the bar. Then Cant in the Merchiston goal had to back pedal when he came for a Stewart long ball into the box then realised the ball was going further than he initially thought.

Both teams were being restricted to shots from distance and it was Merchiston’s Stewart who tried his luck from a fair way out, putting his shot well wide of the right hand post. Livingston’s Deryn Russell then showed great pace to chase back to clear a Merchiston long ball as Gilmour pressurised him all the way.

Merchiston had the last chance of the half on the stroke of half time when Ben Marshall picked up the ball and went on a powerful run through the heart of the midfield. Brushing aside the Livingston challenges he made his way into the box but his shot did not meet the quality of his run as it went harmlessly wide of the post.

  • Half Time:
  • Livingston FCBC
  • 0-1
  • North Merchiston

North Merchiston got the game underway after the interval but it was Livingston who created the first chance of the second half. Half-time substitute Brandon Murray came within inches of getting his side back on level terms when his shot from the right side went narrowly past the far post.

Livingston then created another a opportunity when a free kick taken by Ross Dale was punched out by Cant which fell for Matt Crosbie, but he put his shot wide of the upright. Another controversial moment when Shanks received the ball after it was deflected into his path by the Merchiston player but he was deemed offside but was he? That is the question.

Merchiston then thought they had been unfairly treated when Jack Pickup played a through ball to Cheshire who was deemed to have gone too soon. The men from Harrison Park then won a corner but could not create anything as Livingston cleared the danger.

Livingston were caught on the break with 50 minutes gone with Gilmour making a good run after which he played in Towns who was upended as he made his way into the box by Murray. Referee Mr McBeth did not hesitate and pointed rightly to the spot.

Towns dusted himself down and hit a well-taken spot-kick towards the bottom left corner but the Livingston keeper Cameron McEwan pulled off a great save low down to his right. Unfortunately his team mates were to busy admiring his save which allowed Towns to follow in unchallenged and blast home the rebound.

Both teams were creating chances with Lewis Pritchett coming close for Merchiston but he put his shot just wide after being played in by Cheshire. Then Livingston’s Crosbie went on a good run, showed great feet on the edge of the box but failed to hit the target as his shot went wide.

Cant in the Merchiston done well to deny Shanks as he bravely came out at the feet of the big Livingston front man, then Cant was on hand to make a good save after Fraser Patterson produced a wonderful curling shot from the left side of the box, looking for the far right hand corner with 10 minutes to go.

A free kick awarded to Merchiston midway in their own half was the catalyst for their third goal of the night. Skipper Steedman played the ball into the far post area which was met by Cheshire unmarked and he headed home beyond the helpless McEwan.

Livingston were finishing the game strongly, pinning Merchiston back inside their box and their persistence paid off when they were given the opportunity to claim a late consolation when they were awarded a spot kick after a challenge just inside the box. Kyle Charles stepped up and from 12 yards out he hit a venomous spot kick, finding the bottom left corner with a minute remaining which was beyond Cant before he even realised.

  • Full Time:
  • Livingston FCBC
  • 1-3
  • North Merchiston

Lineups

Livingston FCBC
North Merchiston
4. Deryn Russell
5. Lewis Cunningham
6. Paul Campbell
7. Matt Crosbie
8. Leuan Ford
10. Ben Stewart
11. Ross Dale
14. Lewis Armstrong-McGowan
22. Brandon Murray
26. Jack Forbes
28. Lewis Dry
32. Harry McIlhone
72.Cameron McEwan
77. Kyle Charles
88. Michael Shanks
99. Fraser Patterson
1. Struan Cant
2. Kyle Valentine
3. Jamie Holmes
4. Kieran Mooney
5. Ryan Tillbrook
6. Thomas Steedman (c)
7. Lewis Pritchett
9. Jack Pickup
10. Andrew Towns
11. Ryan Tomasulo
12. Ben Marshall
14. Ross Inglis
15. Keiren Cheshire
16. Nathan Gilmour
17. Hamish Hanna
18. Joaquin Miranda
Star Player
Livingston FCBC
North Merchiston
Michael Shanks - The front man worked hard all game and was always looking to create opportunities for himself and his team mates.
Struan Cant - Made critical stops at vital stages in the game.
Magic Moment
Livingston FCBC
North Merchiston
Kyle Charles' rocket of a spot-kick to claim a well deserved consolation goal right at the death for his team.
Keiren Cheshire claiming his team's third goal which really extinguished any thoughts of an opposition comeback.
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