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West and Central share spoils in six goal thriller

SYFA West 3

Williamson, Connelly, O'Brien

SYFA Central 3

  • Sunday, 23 February 2014
  • Sir Alex Ferguson Park
  • Under 16´s
  • SYFA Inter Regional Cup

Forde McGhee | YFS West Region Journalist
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The West and Central region's under 16's sides locked horns in what can only be described  as an action packed six goal thriller. This inter region cup match had everything a rivalry match needed goal, a man of the match hat trick,some crunching tackles and all under the floodlights at the Sir Alex Ferguson park in Braehead.
The opening stages of the game was spent with both teams trying to get in to their style of play which was exciting to watch as every player was striving for perfection mistakes were bound to be made with such high tension. Clear cut chances were few and far between though at the start of the match and Central looked more likely to break the deadlock if anyone with some long balls from the back testing West's defence and giving speedy striker Gavin Miller something to chase.
Some good West defending kept out the Central attack for a good while but the long ball seemed to be getting the better of the defenders in blue and this was how the first goal of the game would be decided, a perfectly weighted long ball from the back was taken down with ease by Paul Archibald who then went of to slot in the the bottom right hand corner leaving the keeper no chance.
Their defending of Central's main threat the long ball wasn't getting better as the game when on and again this cost West and again it was Archibald who produced the end product this time the winger showing magnificent pace to burst away from his marker and great composure to fire home and double his sides lead.
Danny Williamson fired in his effort from the edge of the box to pull a goal back for the West region just before half time, a lot of improvement needed in the second half if they wanted to win this game though as playing nice attractive football is a great thing but some composure in the final third was certainly needed.
  • Half Time:
  • SYFA West
  • 1-2
  • SYFA Central
The second half couldn't have started off any better for the West side who within ten minutes found an equalizer, the Central defence failed twice to clear the ball from the danger area and West target man Robbie Conelly pounced to smash home from close range and make it 2-2.
West were looking much better in this second half but continued to play their passing style that they had been using in the first half, their build up play looked to be much faster than in the first half though and it was certainly causing Central some problems.
Michael O'Brien showed fantastic pace to beat two players and then lifted his head and saw he had space, the midfielder rifled his shot which beat the keeper who had no chance and smashed off the bar in to the back of the net to put West ahead for the first time in the game.
West's slender lead didn't last for long as two quick goal from them was a huge wake up call for Central who at 2-1 up at half time would have thought they had the advantage, their main man the whole game had been Paul Archibald and once again the tricky winger produced the goods with a brilliant strike to make the score even once again.
Gavin Miller had been working hard all game up front for but the little striker was having no luck in front of goal and that continued even when Central needed him most, another long ball from the back set the speedy forward through on goal but yet again his end product was poor and that was the last chance in the game.
Both teams had spells in the game were they looked like running over the top of the other, West started slow trying to promote their passing style of football were as Central came out the traps running but may feel some defensive mistakes prevented them from winning, plenty to work on for both teams but overall a thrilling game to watch for neutrals.
  • Full Time:
  • SYFA West
  • 3-3
  • SYFA Central


SYFA Central
1. Brad Main
2. Matthew Lamont
3. Glodhi Kalukenda
4. Stuart Fyfe
5. Bradley Newlands
6. Danny Williamson
7. Danny Drummond
8. David Black
9. Michael Kennedy
10. Robbie Connelly
12. Alan Reagans
15. Josh McDonald
16. Michael O'Brien
21. Ross Goldie
1. Douglas McFarlane
2. Paul Archibald
3. Joshua Coates
4. Michael Gray
5. Gavin Miller
6. Morgan Collins
7. Stephen Gemmell
8. Jay McInally
9. Lauchlan Tait
10. Euan Devanny
11. Adam Russel
12. Hamish Van Kessell
14. Callum Findlay
Star Player
SYFA Central
David Black put in a solid performance from midfield for the West.
Paul Archibald the hat trick hero has to be the star man.
Magic Moment
SYFA Central
Michael O'Brien's fantastic goal.
The way Paul Archibald completed his hat trick with a fantastic finish.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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