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Lasswade Thistle masterclass seals place in semi-final

Civil Service Strollers 0

Lasswade Thistle 6

Ritchie 2', Purdie 20', Dowling 51' 57', Mckenzie 53', Galloway 63'
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • Christie Gillies Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Peter O'Neill Cup
A convincing victory from Lasswade Thistle in the quarter-final of the Peter O’Neill Cup helped keep their quadruple dream alive. Goals from Ritchie, Purdie, Mckenzie, Galloway and a Max Dowling double, consigned Civil Service Strollers to a second defeat in two weeks to the Lasswade side following a 4-0 victory in the South East Cup the week before.
Lasswade Thistle are currently sitting three points clear at the top of the South East Region First Division having only lost one match all season and will have been looking to replicate this form heading into the quarter-final tie. Civil Service Strollers, on the other hand, knew they had to win to keep their hopes of achieving silverware this season alive.
Lasswade started the better of the two sides with Dowling testing the Strollers keeper from the edge of the box early on, but Louis Aris was down well to collect the strike. There was little Aris could do two minutes later however when Millar Ritchie’s bullet header sailed past him following a good cross from David Malloy from the right wing to make the score 1-0.
The Lasswade side continued to control the game as they searched for a second goal and in the eighth-minute, they could have had a penalty following Finlay Aitken’s tackle on Ritchie, however, the referee judged the challenge to be a fair one.
Civil Service Strollers were beginning to come into the match with Leo Murray bringing the ball forward well from right-back. However, the strollers side were struggling to execute the final ball.
Thistle came close to doubling their advantage when an under-hit pass back to Aris was intercepted by Ritchie who tried to slot the ball past the onrushing keeper. However, an extended leg from the Strollers stopper was enough to put the ball onto the post and out for a corner.
Strollers were almost equal in the 15th minute when Dylan Mckeller’s shot from the edge of the box looked goal-bound if not for a great save by Joshua Lothian in the Lasswade goal.
Despite a promising spell for Strollers, five minutes later following some pressure from Max Purdie, Thistle were 2-0 after Purdie won possession and slotted in past Aris to double his side's advantage.
The Civil Service side began to pile on the pressure in search of a comeback and Michael Leslie looked to have released Connon Pettigrew, however, brave goalkeeping from Lothian ensured the score remained 2-0 going into the break
  • Half Time:
  • Civil Service Strollers
  • 0-2
  • Lasswade Thistle
Civil Service started the second half like they finished the first and within seconds Pettigrew was played through on goal by William Halliday, however, the referee judged Pettigrew to be offside.
Strollers maintained the pressure with Athan Barry controlling the middle of the park and in the 40th minute Barry looked to have pulled one back following great team play between Halliday and Lucas Laing, however, Lothian pulled off a phenomenal save to ensure the score remained 2-0.
Two minutes later and it was Aris’ turn to but off a stunning save when he threw himself in front of Dowling’s close-range effort following a low cross from Jamie Purdie.
Strollers continued to search for a goal and in the 47th minute, Laing won his side a penalty following some good footwork. Barry stepped up to take the penalty but his effort struck the post and he could only direct the ball over the bar on the rebound.
The penalty acted as a wakeup call for Lasswade who were still to get going in the second half and just four minutes later Malloy’s cross was met by Max Dowling who stroked the ball home from six yards to make the score 3-0 to the visitors.
A fourth quickly followed when Ritchie’s cut back to Bailey Mckenzie found the net and looked to secure Thistle’s place in the next round.
However, Civil Service didn’t give up and were unlucky to not pull one back when Dylan McKellar’s strike was expertly saved by Lothian following a great pass by Laing.
Lasswade made it five in the 57th minute when an unfortunate clearance fell to Dowling at the edge of the box who lobbed the ball over the head of Aris from 25 yards to grab his second of the match.
Thistle continued to pile on the pressure towards the end of the match and they made it six in the 63rd minute when Ian Galloway coolly stroked the ball into the top corner to seal off a commanding performance by the Lasswade side.
Throughout this contest both sides showed their quality, Lasswade showed why they are top of their league with a clinical showing in front of goal and a great defensive performance by the defence and goalkeeper. Civil Service Strollers will be upset with the outcome of the match, but showed aspects of quality throughout which will no doubt give them confidence going into their next match.
  • Full Time:
  • Civil Service Strollers
  • 0-6
  • Lasswade Thistle


Civil Service Strollers
Lasswade Thistle
1. Louis Aris
2. Leo Murray
4. Charlie Swain
5. Andrew Morris
6. Finlay Aitken
7. Connon Pettigrew
8. Michael Leslie
10. Lucas Laing
11. William Halliday
12. Dylan McKeller
14. Cameron Forbes
15. Sandy Gailey
16. Jack Gibbs
28. John Steedman
35. Athan Barry
1. Joshua Lothian
2. Louis Kerr
3. Freddie Owens
4. Ian Galloway
5. Cole Dillon
6. Max Dowling
7. David Malloy
8. Harry Officer
9. Bailey McKenzie
10. Ben Richardson
11. Reece Young
12. Jamie Purdie
14. Bayley Klimionek
15. Sam Mackie
16. Millar Ritchie
Star Player
Civil Service Strollers
Lasswade Thistle
Athan Barry - Was a controlling figure in midfield throughout the match and was unlucky to not get a goal from the spot.
Millar Ritchie - Showed his dribbling and passing ability throughout and chipped in with a goal.
Magic Moment
Civil Service Strollers
Lasswade Thistle
Louis Aris’ second-half save – an incredible reaction save from point-blank range to deny Dowling
Max Dowling second goal – A great 25-yard strike that left the keeper helpless.
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