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Cavalry edge to victory over Star

Cavalry Park Colts 2

Peat 49, Hamilton 59

Currie Star FC 1

Own Goal 65
  • Cavalry Park Colts 2-1 Currie Star FC
  • Sunday, 13 October 2013
  • Cavalry Park
  • Under 16´s
  • South East Region YFL D2
Alasdair MacKenzie

Alasdair Mackenzie | YFS South East Region Journalist

Cavalry Park Colts came out on top after a fiercely contested South East Region Division 2 encounter against Currie Star FC on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Stephen Peat and Callum Hamilton early in the second half gave the home side a strong lead, and a spirited comeback from the visitors saw them pull a goal back but Cavalry Park remained resilient to record an important three points.
 
An even first half was characterised by a fierce battle for possession in the midfield areas, with neither side shying away from a tackle. Kyle Dixon had the first effort of the match within the opening three minutes, the Currie midfielder striking a shot from range that Cavalry Park goalkeeper Euan Lennox was on hand to tip over the bar.
 
Currie Star started the stronger, but found their attempts to get forward frequently thwarted by a well organised Cavalry Park defence. A deep free kick delivered by Mark McGovern was met by a strong header after twelve minutes, but again Lennox was equal to the effort.
 
Colts grew into the game, but neither side was quite managing to get behind the opposition’s defence. A fantastic block by Currie Star’s Liam Hutchison prevented an excellent shooting opportunity for the home side after fifteen minutes.
 
Sean Gilhooley was causing problems for the visitors with his excellent ball control and intelligent passing, but the opening half was mostly characterised by a string of fouls and half-chances from set pieces. 
  • Half Time:
  • Cavalry Park Colts
  • 0-0
  • Currie Star FC
The second half exploded into life as chances began to fall for both sides. Within three minutes of the restart a high looping cross from Cameron Ross was palmed away by Lennox, and McGovern’s follow up could only find the side netting.
 
Only a minute later the deadlock was broken. Cavalry Park earned themselves a corner and the in-swinging delivery from Stephen Peat surprised Currie goalkeeper Callum Thomson and flew into the net to give the home side the lead.
 
Ten minutes later Colts found themselves two goals to the good. A free kick delivered from deep was headed towards goal and parried away by Thomson. The Currie defence struggled to clear the danger completely, and when the ball fell to Callum Hamilton the left back was clinical as he fired a low shot into the bottom corner.
 
After another ten minutes the visitors had managed to get themselves a lifeline. Currie Star substitute Murray Drew swung in an inviting cross from the right hand side, and the unfortunate defender saw his attempted header back to the goalkeeper end up in his own net.
 
Only a matter of minutes later, Currie Star very nearly found an equaliser. Another great set piece delivery from McGovern was saved by Lennox, but the danger wasn’t cleared and only a heroic goal line clearance from the Cavalry defence prevented the visitors from drawing level.
 
Joseph Moorhead proved to be an assured figure at the heart of the Colts defence, putting in some vital blocks and tackles as the Currie Star pressure intensified. A drilled shot from McGovern was well saved from Lennox as the game entered its final ten minutes. The Currie number 9 proved to be a handful for the home side’s defence, but they held strong to record an important three points.
  • Full Time:
  • Cavalry Park Colts
  • 2-1
  • Currie Star FC

Lineups

Cavalry Park Colts
Currie Star FC

1. Euan Lennox
2. Ryan Wardlaw
3. Callum Hamilton
4. Liam Currie
5. Joseph Moorhead
6. Dylan Black
7. Elliot Mannion
8. Michael Demarco
9. Michael Thomson
10. Hunza Rapia
11. Stephen Peat
12. Sean Gilhooley 
15. Cameron Oag
18. Dylan Robertson 
19. Freddie Gibson

1. Callum Thomson
2. Donnie Campbell
17. Levi McConnell 
4. Lewis Connor
5. Jack Blaney
6. Liam Hutchison
7. Mark McCall
18. Domenico Pacitti
9. Mark McGovern
19. Thomas Wedgwood 
11. Kyle Dixon
12. Philip Blaney
20. Murray Drew 
15. Sam Millar
16. Cameron Ross

Star Player
Cavalry Park Colts
Currie Star FC
Sean Gilhooley had an excellent game from the centre of the park for Cavalry Park Colts. The midfielder displayed an excellent touch and technique, and his intelligent passing and movement caused some problems for the opposition.
Mark McGovern had a good game for Currie Star. The striker put in a tireless shift leading the line up front, and also was responsible for some excellent set piece deliveries from all over the pitch that were a constant source of difficulty for the home defence.
Magic Moment
Cavalry Park Colts
Currie Star FC
A fantastic run from Michael Thomson in the second half lit up the match as a moment of great individual talent. The Cavalry Park striker took the ball from inside his own half, beating a defender down the right and earning his team a corner.
The pinpoint accuracy of McGovern's set piece deliveries was impressive, particularly a second half free kick from the halfway line that was delivered from deep directly to a teammate's head.
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