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First half goalfest sees the SYFA North take the spoils against SYFA East

SYFA North 5

Laird 15, 27, 34, 39, Fraser 38

SYFA East 1

Simpson 23
  • Friday, 15 February 2019
  • Spain Park
  • Under 15´s
  • Inter Region Match
On a windy day at Spain Park in Aberdeen we saw the select teams of the SYFA’s North and East regions face off, four goals from Zayne Laird was enough for SYFA North to come out on top against SYFA East in a goal littered first half.

The first goal of an exciting first half came in the 15th minute when the North and Peterhead striker Zayne Laird dummied and then shot from 12 yards past the stranded East goalie Nathan Wilson into the bottom left corner.

The lead was short lived as in the 23rd minute, the East and Pitfours Sony Simpson picked the ball up from a through ball and shot but his effort was matched by the North keeper whose excellent save was unfortunately parried back into the path of Simpson who made sure he didn’t miss the second chance to tie the game.

The North took the lead for the second time in the 27th minute as Laird latched onto a ball from Albions Seth Holod and tucked it home neatly from the right hand side of the box to the left hand bottom corner.

A third goal for the North and Laird came only 7 minutes later as a ball from Westdykes Samuel Sandilands was parried by the East Goalie over to Laird who completed an impressive hat-trick.

Minutes later, the fourth goal arrived when captain Ryan Fraser played a 1-2 pass with Holod who played a lovely through ball to Fraser to cooly slot home into the back of the net to make it 4-1 to the North.

A fifth goal for the North came only 60 seconds later where Sandilands beautiful link up play with Laird was shown again as Laird was set up by the Westdyke CC midfielder to run onto the ball and score his fourth goal from 12 yards.
  • Half Time:
  • SYFA North
  • 5-1
  • SYFA East
The first half came to an end and then the second half started fast when only 5 minutes after the restart, East had a really good opportunity.  
A curling thirty yard free kick from midfielder Evan Stewart had north goalkeeper Daniel Neish beaten only to smash against the crossbar. Minutes later at the other end of the pitch a free kick from just inside the D saw the North's Holod rattle the crossbar.

The last action of a fairly subdued second half came when a power run from the North’s Holod ended with his shot being cleared off the line by the Easts Conor Fry.

Overall the North deserved the victory having created and finished their chances off nicely. The East played and competed well but couldn't make chances to keep the scoreline close.

Congratulations to SYFA North and commiserations to SYFA East.
  • Full Time:
  • SYFA North
  • 5-1
  • SYFA East


SYFA North
1. Daniel Neish
2. Scott Coull
3. Ethan Johnston
4. Liam May
5. Samuel Sandilands
6. Ryan Fraser
7. Steve Holland
8. Jamie McLellan
9. Danny Belford
10. Zayne Laird
11. Seb Holod
12. Stewart Simpson
14. Conor Sibson
15. Jos McLaren
16. Antonio Jos
1. Ruaridh McCulloch
2. Jayden Lumsden
3. Struan Kerr
4. Luke Graham
5. Gregor Brown
6. Harry Paul
8. Rhys Ross
9. Logan Richardson
10. Camryn Newsome
11. Evan Stewart
12. Sony Simpson
14. Ross Smitz
15. Lewis Stones
16. Cameron Harris
17. Robbie Farquhar
18. Conor Fry
Star Player
SYFA North
Zayne Laird due to scoring 4 goals and also being a constant threat.
Sonny Simpson due to his constant commitment and attempt to drive the east forward, also got on the scoresheet.
Magic Moment
SYFA North
Minutes later the North magic moment of the match came as a fourth goal was conceded when captain Ryan Fraser played a 1-2 pass with Holord who played a lovely through ball to Fraser to cooly slot home to make it 4-1 to the North.
A curling thirty yard free kick from midfielder Evan Stewart had north goalkeeper Daniel Neish beaten only to smash against the crossbar.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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