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Bathgate hold off Murieston fightback

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Murieston United
Bathgate Thistle
U13's West Lothian AYFC
Bankton Mains, Livingston
26 February 2014

Bathgate Thistle Team: Jake ,David , Ross  Shaun, Leon, Bally, Robbie, Scott, Sam, Connor, Aidan.  Subs; Harry, Ben, Ryan, Danny, James


Bathgate made a positive start to the match and were matching up well to a strong Murieston Blues team who currently sit second placed in the league table.  


Within the first 5 minutes, Connor has 3 shots in succession each one going closer than the last without managing to beat the Murieston keeper. The spine of the team was looking strong  and Shaun and Robbie were both looking good on their debuts. 


The opening goal came when Bally won a challenge on the edge of the box and slid a neat through ball to Aidan on the penalty spot. Aidan calmly knocked it past the keeper to make it 1-0 Bathgate.


Shortly after Murieston were back on level terms. Whether it's a great piece of skill or pure luck is debatable, but Murieston get a goal back. What's not in debate is that the goal has come after a period of pressure from Murieston and a series of corners. The ball was floated in but it's knocked out of the box straight back to the corner taker. Bathgate are slow to react to the second ball and from the corner spot the Murieston player floats the ball high over Jake and into the net.


Anything you can do, we can do better. Connor makes a burst down the left wing and from the touchline replicates the last goal.  It's a great strike which travels across the face of the goal and hits the net leaving the keeper with no chance.


Murieston were creating chances too, their strong number 15 was proving a real handful but Leon, David, Shaun and Ross doubled up to keep him out. Despite this, he still managed to evade them on a couple of occasions but couldn't managed to hit the target.  The game looked like it could go either way.


Leon creates the next opportunity by himself; he beat a couple of players and threw in a dummy to get away a shot, that was close to going.


Bathgate did have the ball in the back of the net, but unfortunately for Bally his wonder strike, which goes in the top corner, is disallowed.  


The game is being played today on 3G and Bathgate were playing some very good passing football.  They moved the ball quickly and created space and it was arguably our best 35 minutes of football all season


Half Time: Murieston United 1-2 Bathgate Thistle


The team is unchanged for the second half and Bathgate pick up where they left off, building from the back and moving the ball around quickly.


Sub - Ryan comes on to replace Sam and he quickly makes his presence felt. The ball breaks free at the edge of the Murieston box and it falls to Robbie who hits a thunderbolt.  The Murieston keeper isn't expecting the shot but recovers quickly to tip it up on to the cross bar. Ryan though is on hand for the follow up and score.


One minute later and Bathgate further increase their lead. Connor picks the ball up on the left wing and cuts inside for the box. He weaves through traffic and beats 3 players before striking it into the opposite corner.  What a great strike, crossing the face of the goal and hitting the inside of the net.


Sub - Harry's on to replace Aidan.  The goals are coming thick and fast now; the next one is the pick of the bunch. Murieston clear their lines but the ball falls to Robbie, who is in the centre of the pitch between the half way line and the Murieston box.  He composes himself and calmly loops the ball over the keeper who can only watch it sail over his head. 


Subs - Danny replaces Scott and Ben replaces David.  Robbie is struggling with an injury and comes off to be replaced by James. It looks like the game is over but Murieston have different ideas.  A powerful run from inside his own half by the Murieston number 15 leaves both the Bathgate midfield and defence in his wake. He slots it past Jake and scores.


Murieston have got their tails up now but there’s not much time left.  They’re giving it their best shot though and quickly score 2 goals in succession.  Its 4-5 now and as Bathgate kick off for the restart, the referee blows for full time.  What a great match capped by a first class performance from Bathgate Thistle.  The difference this week was hard work blended with some quality football and some great finishes

Full Time: Murieston United 4-5 Bathgate Thistle
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