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10 Man Spartans win Division 2 League Cup

Currie Star Colts 1

Coots 36

Spartans FC Reds 7

Dixon 3, 89, Fatunmbi-Randall 18, Tweedie 20, Zietara 23, Osibanjo 35, Maclean 45
  • Saturday, 26 May 2018
  • St. Mark's Park
  • Under 17´s
  • SERYFL Division 2 League Cup

St. Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston FC, played host to the U17s Division 2 League Cup final between Currie Star Colts and Spartans Reds. Despite being reduced to ten men, Spartans were triumphant, scoring seven goals against a hard-working Currie Star side, as they lifted the silverware.

Spartans, who could complete the double next weekend, started very brightly and less than five minutes in, they were in front. Zion Dixon was played through on goal, and he composed himself to slot the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to put the Reds in front.

Reds continued their pressure, and on 18 minutes they were two goals ahead. Right-back Kayode Fatunmbi-Randall picked up the ball about 25 yards out, and his speculative effort bounced in off the post to double Spartans lead.

Fatunmbi-Randall’s goal was the beginning of a crazy 25 minutes which would see another five goals.

Firstly, Spartans would extend their lead further. A counter-attack from a Currie corner allowed Callum Simpson to pass to Will Tweedie who stroked the ball into the bottom corner.

Spartans were ruthless and three minutes later they scored again. Struan Maclean collected possession on the right wing and crossed for Jude Zietara, who was perfectly placed to nod into the back of the net to put Spartans 4-0 up.

Ten minutes from half-time, Spartans added another. Afalabe Osibanjo controlled the ball from a through-in and turned, raced through on goal and calmly put the ball into the bottom right corner for Spartans fifth.

Finally, after 35 minutes of Spartans pressure, Currie Star created a chance and got on the scoresheet themselves. There was a mix up between Luca Scarpa and Kayode Fatunmbi-Randall which allowed Oliver Couts to win possession and stab the ball beyond the covering defender on the line.

The first-half drama continued towards the end of the half. After winning a free-kick in the middle of the park, the red mist descended on Osibanjo as he was dismissed for an apparent headbutt on the Currie midfielder.

Despite going down to 10 men, Spartans continued to pressure their opponents and on the stroke of half-time, they scored a sixth goal. Will Tweedie drove into the box and was hauled to the ground. From the penalty, Struan Maclean stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 6-1 to Spartans.

After the spot-kick, the referee brought the first-half to an end, with the score at 6-1.

  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star Colts
  • 1-6
  • Spartans FC Reds

The second half was much tamer than the first, with not many chances being created, however, Spartans continued to impress, despite their man disadvantage.

Firstly, Jude Zietara had a goal chopped off for a foul on the Currie defender, then, Goncalo Costa Corriera fired over the bar from the edge of the box.

Finally, just before the full-time whistle, Spartans got another goal which their performance merited. Zion Dixon was slipped in by substitute Mostafa Ramadan and Dixon expertly lifted the ball over the keeper to further increase Spartans' lead.

The referee then brought the game to a close, with Spartans celebrating their cup victory. 

  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star Colts
  • 1-7
  • Spartans FC Reds

Lineups

Currie Star Colts
Spartans FC Reds
1. Andrew Calum Treschman
2. Blair McDonald
3. Fraser Sayers
5. Teo Anter Cengiz
6. Cameron Stephen Lawrie
7. Archie Somerville
8. Lewis Fraser Muego
9. Harrison Lamb
10. Reece McGurk
11. Michael McDonald
12. Oliver Jonathan Toby Couts
15. Cameron Littlejohn
16. Jakub Andrzej Odolzyk
18. Jamie Slawson
19. Patryk Gronkowski
1. Luca Scarpa
2. Matthew Mullard
3. Sam Alexander
5. Felix Barley
6. Zion Dixon
7. Struan Maclean
8. Callum Simpson
9. Afalabe Osibanjo
10. Will Tweedie
11. Kayode Fatunmbi-Randall
13. Jack Young
17. Jude Zietara
18. Daniel Spence
20. Goncalo Costa Correira
21. Haseeb Hassan
25. Mostafa Ramadan
Star Player
Currie Star Colts
Spartans FC Reds
Currie's star man was their captain, and goalscorer, Oliver Coots. Despite his side performing poorly throughout, Coots always looked dangerous on the ball and was unlucky not to add to his one goal.
The star player for Spartans was Jude Zietara. The midfielder was instrumental in Spartans dominant performance. Zietara scored once and could have scored more, and, he is a worthy winner of the award.
Magic Moment
Currie Star Colts
Spartans FC Reds
Currie's magic moment was their goal from Coots. It was the only pleasing moment on an otherwise disappointing day for Currie.
The magic moment for Spartans was their second goal from Kayode Fatunmbi-Randall. It was the pick of the goals on the day which put Spartans in full control of the game.
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