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A Goalkeeper scores, and a stoppage time penalty. It all happened at Redhall Park

Written by  Redhall Star YFC U16

Fixture: Redhall Star YFC v Duns Juniors U16
Competition: South East Region YFL U16's Division 2
Venue: Redhall Park
Date: Sunday 8th November 2015
Redhall Star conceded a last minute penalty as they were held 1-1 by Duns Juniors at Redhall Park. The match was played in farcical conditions with heavy rain and strong winds which surprisingly lead to a goalless first half where Redhall defended well playing against the conditions. The home side took the lead from an unusual source as keeper Ryan Green launched a kick from hand. Wind assisted, the ball took one bounce and over the Duns keeper and into the net. Redhall created and missed so many chances and failed to put any away to secure the points. In the final minute Duns broke after an error from Hannah. Green sprinted from goal but the Duns forward got to the ball first and down he went. Penalty, which was hammered down the middle of the goal to level the scores.

Duns Juniors got the game underway, with the advantage of playing with the wind and rain in their favour, and were soon on the front foot as they pinned Redhall back. A couple of early shots on goal were saved well by Redhall keeper Ryan Green. Duns continued to push forward but Redhall had Adam Robertson and Ewan Mitchell defending well in the centre of the defence.

Redhall created a chance as Josh Slow-clayton played in Sam Donachie. The big burst past the defender but dragged his shot just inches wide of the upright. Calum Henderson then created a chance for Slow-clayton but his shot at goal was well saved by the Duns keeper for a corner which then came to nothing. The rain continued to pour as Duns attacked but the shots were wide of the target.

A rare Redhall attack in the first half almost had them in front. A corner was met by Antony Little, but his header crashed off the bar and was cleared to safety. Duns had a few more chances in an attempt to get in front, but Green saved comfortably as the shots posed little threat but in these conditions they had to be watched carefully. As we approached half time Duns almost went in front but Redhall's backline defended well to eventually clear the danger after the ball bobbled around the penalty spot.

Half time: Redhall Star YFC 0-0 Duns Juniors

After a half of constant defending in these awful conditions, Redhall were keen to take the advantage of playing with the wind and rain in their favour now as they restarted the game. Donachie and Slow-clayton fired shots towards the Duns goal but both were wide of the target. From a free kick, Slow-clayton this time warmed the fingers of the Duns keeper as he turned his shot over the bar. Good save. From the resulting corner, which was fired in by Henderson, Donachie almost got on the end of it, but the big man just couldn't get his header on target.

Duns were now under the cosh as Redhall continued to attack. A neat through ball had Adam Shortiss in on goal but his shot was blocked by the keepers legs. Little, down the right side, produced two fantastic crosses into the area but on both occasions Redhall failed to put the ball into the net. From a corner Adam Robertson poked a shot wide and Slow-clayton had another shot wide. Surely it was only a matter of time before Redhall broke the deadlock.

With 20 minutes to go, the goal eventually did come for Redhall, and it was from an unusual source. A very rare Duns attack ended with Green gathering the ball. Green then launched the ball from hand, high into the air and heading towards the Duns goal. One bounce, over the Duns keeper, flew into the back of the net off the soaking wet surface. Wow, the keeper has scored! A jubilant Redhall team mobbed Green in celebrating the rare occurrence of a keeper scoring from his own area - all of 90 yards!

Redhall went for the kill now as they wanted another goal to finish this game. Little had a shot blocked and his follow up was then superbly cleared off the line to keep Duns in the game. Substitute Tommy Hendry then possibly should have scored at the far post after another fine Little cross, but he turned inside which allowed the Duns defender to block his shot. Hendry then had another attempt which just flew past the post. What was it going to take for Redhall to kill this game?

The home side received a warning on a couple of minutes from time that this game wasn't over as Duns won a free kick on the edge of the Redhall area. The free kick looked destined for the top corner, but thumped the underside of the crossbar and was cleared to safety. On the counter attack, Redhall poured forward in search of it. Nathan Robertson forced the keeper into a double save, Slow-clayton's shot then blocked, Hendry's shot blocked and then Little knocked the ball over the bar when it appeared easier to score. Everything but the second goal.

As we reached the final minute Redhall were made to pay for the missed chances as Marc Hannah lost the ball in midfield. A ball in behind the Redhall defence created a chase for the ball with the Duns forward getting there just before Green, who has sprinted from his line, and down went the player. Referee Bain blew for a penalty. Duns player hammered the penalty high into the net to level the scores at 1-1 and to grab a point for the borders team.

Redhall quickly restarted the game and chased the winner but no clear cut chances were created as the final whistle was blown.

Full Time: Redhall Star YFC 1-1 Duns Juniors

Can't help but feel this was two points dropped, for the second time this season against Duns. Believe if Redhall had got two goals in front the game would have been over but credit to both sides in very testing conditions. Keeper Green very nearly the goalscoring hero but ends up feeling the villain by conceding the penalty. Next up for Redhall Star is a cup game, away to Spartans Reds.
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