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Rampant Redhall reach a semi-final

Gala Fairydean Rovers 0

Redhall Star YFC 6

Doyle 14, 17, 22, 55, Robertson 27, Anderson 57
  • Sunday, 06 December 2015
  • Netherdale 3G Arena, Galashiels
  • Under 16´s
  • Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Redhall Star YFC Under 16’s progressed to the semi-final of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy after dismantling a Gala Fairydean Rovers side who are no mugs.
 
The damage was done within the first thirty minutes, a Grant Doyle hat trick and a Nathan Robertson strike giving them a comfortable 4-0 lead at that point.
 
It was always going to be difficult for Gala to recover from that and Doyle scored again in the second half, before Jack Anderson added the sixth from the penalty spot.
Many would have expected a closer battle, with Star having beaten their Division 2 rivals 1-0 two weeks ago.
 
Redhall were at it from the off and Adam Shortiss had a go early on which was just off target.
 
It then became the Doyle show. He opened the scoring on 14 minutes, getting on the end of Tommy Hendry’s cross before a neat turn and low finish.
 
Three minutes later and the little winger had made it two. Only he will know if he meant to score but the piece of skill which set it up was outrageous. With pressure on the ball from a defender, he flicked it round him before half volleying in what was probably a cross. But it was awkward for the keeper and flew in off the post.
 
Gala responded and had a good chance through Ben Mitchell. Nathan Henderson played him in but the front man slid it beyond the far post.
 
Doyle got his hat-trick on 22 minutes. He normally plays at right back but was operating in a more advanced wide midfield role, and he certainly repaid that decision. Calum Henderson delivered a free kick from the left hand side. With the defence trying to play offside, Doyle found himself all on his own in the box and a simple finish completed the treble.
 
Doyle turned provider for the next goal. Star’s sturdy defence broke down a Gala attack and they broke quickly. Doyle found himself on the left side of the pitch, and picked the ball up close to the touchline before helping it on to Robertson. A turn of pace put him in the clear and he was composed enough to hit the net.
 
Gala had to respond and they did manage to attack a bit more. Brendan Jack’s low cross evaded everyone and Ben Swan had a shot from distance which went over the bar.
 
But the Edinburgh side could have been five up before the break. Shortiss fashioned a chance for himself with good skill, but Tyler Grainger made a good block.
  • Half Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-4
  • Redhall Star YFC
Doyle was immediately involved again in the second half. He had a chance saved by Grainger before grabbing his fourth and his team's fifth.
 
It came once more from a Henderson cross. There was claims for offside but the run was timed to perfection and Doyle had time again to apply the finish.
 
Two minutes later Redhall won a penalty. Robbie Campbell ran some distance through the middle, evading a couple of challenges, before being taken down in the box.
Anderson did the honours from the spot, side footing into the corner.
 
There was no let up for the home defence, with Shortiss smashing the crossbar shortly after.
 
Swan then went through at the other end, only to be crowded out by a defensive unit who had looked unbreachable.
 
Fairydean’s best chance of a goal seemed to be from Ben Mitchells free kick deliveries. Unfortunately for them there was often a red shirt there to cut it out. Ewan Mitchell was particularly dominant.
 
Swan decided to hit a speculative effort rather than attempt to get through them, but his left footed volley went over.
 
Samuel Donachie had an eventful time after coming on a sub for the visitors. He done well to create an opportunity for himself but was prevented by Grainger. He then had a great opportunity with a rebound after the Gala keeper had made yet another save, but he totally miscued with the goal at his mercy.
 
Finally, an audacious lob from the big striker went just over the bar.
 
Redhall could well face a tough tie in the last four, but they will take confidence from this assured performance.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Gala Fairydean Rovers
  • 0-6
  • Redhall Star YFC

Lineups

Gala Fairydean Rovers
Redhall Star YFC
1. Tyler Grainger
2. Tom Darling
3. Cameron Dalgleish
4. Kerr Halls
5. Michael Jamieson
6. Andrew Callow
7. Gary Goodfellow
8. Ben Swan
9. Nathan Henderson
10. Brendan Jack
11. Ben Mitchell
12. Alistair Robinson
13. Joe Fairgrieve
14. Alex Lawson
1. Ryan Green
2. Lewis Blues
3. Calum Henderson
4. Marc Daniel Hannah
5. Ewan Mitchell
6. Jack Anderson
7. Grant Doyle
8. Robbie Campbell
9. Nathan Robertson
10. Adam Shortiss
11. Tommy Hendry
12. Samuel Donachie
14. Cameron Markham
15. Adam Robertson
16. Josh Slow-Clayton
Star Player
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Redhall Star YFC
Tyler Grainger - The Gala keeper stood up to a barrage of attacks and made some good stops.
Grant Doyle - Its virtually impossible to ignore someone who scores four goals and sets up another. Doyle was a constant thorn in the home team's side, made all the more remarkable by the fact he was playing in an unfamiliar position.
Magic Moment
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Redhall Star YFC
Grainger's save from Adam Shortiss prevented what would have been a deflating fifth just before half time.
Whether he meant it or not, the skill which preceded Doyle's second goal was something to behold.
Club Views
Gala Fairydean Rovers
Redhall Star YFC
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