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Lenzie come back to progess in Scottish Cup

Lenzie YC 6

Thomson 24, 34, McGale 40 57, Swift 46, O'Brien 69

Gartcairn FA 1

Kelly 5
  • Saturday, 05 October 2013
  • Boghead
  • Under 14´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup

Emma Gibson | YFS West Region Journalist
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It wasn’t the greatest conditions to start off the Scottish Cup 2nd round tie between Lenzie YC and Gartcairn, but the drizzly rain didn’t seem to dampen the youngsters’ spirits as both sides seemed up for the game ahead. Gartcairn started the game off well and took an early lead but it was Lenzie who kept a level head throughout and managed to come back from 1-0 down to secure a 6-1 victory over their rivals.
The game started quite evenly with both teams having a number of chances soon after the whistle but it was Lenzie who were dominating down both wings. The first real chance of the game came to Lenzie’s Robbie McGale after the third minute when after a quick cut back from Lewis Swift saw McGale’s low drive saved by a superb dive and save from the away side’s keeper.
The games rough tempo and lively atmosphere was set early on, and continued in the same fashion, as Gartcairn’s Lewis Kelly was brought down after taking the ball round a few Lenzie players.  
The players’ skills continued to show when Lenzie’s Cameron Kane and Lewis Swift worked together down the left wing to bypass a number of Gartcairn players. But Swift failed to capitalise on his first real chance in front of goal.
However it was Gartcairn that put themselves ahead after only ten minutes. A deflection from the Lenzie defence saw the ball roll outside the box and straight to the feet of Lewis Kelly. Listening to his coaches on the sideline, Kelly took the long range shot and managed to beat Lenzie’s Cameron Gordon to put his side ahead early on.
For the first five minutes after Gartcairn too the lead, Lenzie seemed taken by surprise but quickly found their rhythm again when they began to take shots at goal again, although failed to make the most of their opportunities.
Finally Lenzie got the goal they deserved after 24 minutes when they received a free kick out wide on the right flank. Sam McGale hit a superb high ball into the box to find the head of Keir Thomson who was unmarked at the back post; A great goal that seemed to have been well rehearsed on the training ground.
Gartcairn weren’t totally defeated by the equaliser as they continued to play in high spirits and had a number of shots at goal. But as the sun started to come through the clouds, Lenzie began to shine too.
A minute before half-time saw the home side capitalise on their chance in front of goal and go ahead for the first time in the game. Andrew Mitchell dragged the ball back out away from goal and straight to the feet of Keir Thomson. The youngster took a chance at goal from a far as he drove a low ball straight through the keeper in into the back of the net.
  • Half Time:
  • Lenzie YC
  • 2-1
  • Gartcairn FA
Lenzie were clearly full of confidence coming into the second half as they dominated the opening 5 minutes and managed to extend their lead to 3-1 in the same space of time. After a long ball fell into the away side’s box, Robbie McGale was second best to it but managed to skip past the defence to be one on one with the keeper. He smashed the ball straight down the middle and into the back of the net to put his side further into the lead.  
Again, Lenzie had the better of the possession and this showed as they yet again added to their score sheet after 46 minutes. Lewis Swift again slipped passed the keeper on the right to slot home his sides fourth goal and second in only 6 minutes.
Gartcairn struggled to get into the game as they continued to play balls down the left wing but couldn’t get passed Lenzie’s Brandon Lynch who was solid at the back.
Yet another free kick in the game from another harsh tackle, this time going to Lenzie. But unfortunately Dillon Murphy’s 56th minute header was clipped over the bar with a fantastic save from the Gartcairn goalkeeper.
A minute later, Sam McGale’s skilful pass through on to goal allowed Robbie McGale to skip passed the keeper and slot the ball home to put his side 5-1 ahead.
The game continued in the same fashion with Gartcairn getting the ball into the opposition’s side but failing to capitalise on any chances. And it was clear emotions were running high as young Lewis Guy was given a yellow card for continually questioning the referee.
Moments before the final whistle, Lenzie netted another great goal to finally put the game to bed. Calvin O’Brien was one on one with keeper and again, the Lenzie side opted for a straight down the middle volley to seal their victory in style.
Now Lenzie look forward to progressing into the next round of the Scottish Cup.
  • Full Time:
  • Lenzie YC
  • 6-1
  • Gartcairn FA


Lenzie YC
Gartcairn FA

1. Aaron McMillon
2. Rennie Hamilton
3. Keir Thomson
4. Cameron Kane
5. Sam McGale
6. Dillon Murphy
7. Greg Fraser
9. Calvin O'Brien
10. Andrew Mitchell
12. Robbie McGale
13. Cameron Gordon (GK)
14. Dario Rossi
16. Brandon Lynch
18. Lewis Swift
20. Dylan McSharry

1. David Renicks
2. Kieran Mckenzie
4. Ewan Mcginess
5. Lewis Kelly
7. Ryan Lafferty
8. Lewis Todd
11. Alan Moultire
12. Declan Devlin
14. Tommi Doyle
15. Terry Paterson
16. Lewis Guy
18. Kieran Mcguire

Star Player
Lenzie YC
Gartcairn FA
Sam McGale played well throughout the game. He had great vision and passing abilities, really helped his team get back into the game.
Lewis Kelly scored a great long range goal for his side to take the lead early on.
Magic Moment
Lenzie YC
Gartcairn FA
The standard of their goals were brilliant but their first was probably the best. The ball was crossed in superbly and landed straight to the head of Keir Thomson who headed it past the keeper. Not an easy goal but Thomson made it look simple.
They started the game off really well but began to slowly come away from it. Kelly's goal was excellent, a long range shot from outside the box, keeper had no chance.
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