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Spartans FC 1

Dickson 80

Musselburgh Athletic 0

  • Sunday, 13 April 2014
  • St Marks Park
  • Under 19´s
  • East of Scotland FA League Cup - Final
Chris Martin

Chris Martin | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Spartans FC Under 19s ran out 1-0 winners in a closely fought league cup final against Musselburgh Athletic thanks to an 80th minute wonder-strike by centre back Paul Dickson.
 
On a blustery afternoon at St Marks Park it was to be a closely contested affair as the weather played its part in disrupting what should have been a more action-packed spectacle.
 
Chances were hard to come by because of the strong winds, but they almost helped give Musselburgh an early advantage. In the tenth minute a goal kick by Cameron Tulloch travelled the whole length of the field and almost bounced over his opposite number Blair Carswell who nervously watched the ball go over his crossbar.
 
Musselburgh then had a great chance not long after when a corner by Mikey Hamilton was headed wide by Johnny Edmond who was unmarked.
 
They were looking the more dangerous side at this point and Edmond almost opened his account when he robbed the ball from the Spartans centre back before sprinting towards goal. One on one with the keeper his shot was misguided and flew wide much to the despair of his teammates.
 
The rest of the half continued to be overshadowed by the strong breeze bearing down on St Marks disrupting both teams’ football.
  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 0-0
  • Musselburgh Athletic
Half time came and went, and with 30 minutes to go the sun finally came out and Spartans started looking more lively.
 
A string of comfortable saves from range weren’t troubling the Musselburgh keeper however and clear-cut chances were still hard to come by for them.
 
That was until, with ten minutes to go, Paul Dickson took the game into his own hands. From nowhere the centre-back ran with the ball into the Musselburgh half and from 40 yards leathered a left footed thunderbolt which deceived goalkeeper Tulloch and flew into the net.
 
It was a crucial blow and with little time left Musselburgh were desperate to take the game to extra time.
 
To their credit though Spartans defended well and goalie Carswell looked assured between the sticks to see out the game, collecting the many dangerous crosses put into the box near the final whistle.
 
It was perhaps a tad harsh on Musselburgh as both teams had looked fairly even, but it was certainly a goal worthy of winning any cup final.
  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 1-0
  • Musselburgh Athletic

Lineups

Spartans FC
Musselburgh Athletic

1. Blair Carswell
2. Alex Imlah
3. Harry Oliff
4. Paul Dickson
5. Duncan Player
6. Scott Irving
7. Jordan Brown
8. Bradley Raiker
9. Blair Atkinson
10. Harvey Mcintosh
11. Andrew Mair
12. Cameron Armstrong
14. Martin Lackie
15. Kris Buchanan
16. Elliot Carruthers
17. Dylan Tait

1. Cameron Tulloch
2. Darren McCowatt
3. Jamie Henderson
4. Ciaran Ellison
5. John Pearson
6. Kyle Houldcroft Doig
7. Mikey Hamilton
8. Redmond Barker
9. Johnny Edmond
10. George Hunter
11. Thomas Meldrum
12. Lewis Mitchell
14. Robbie Martin
15. Darren McGrath
17. Shaun Lawrence
18. Craig Rugg

Star Player
Spartans FC
Musselburgh Athletic
Duncan Player was a formidable force at the back for Spartans and made sure to stay alert and vocal for 90 minutes not giving the Musselburgh strikers much space.
John Pearson was a rock at the back for Musselburgh, marking and tracking the Spartans attack, good in the air too. He was solid defensively until he was forced off with injury.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC
Musselburgh Athletic
The magic moment for Spartans would undoubtedly be the wondergoal which won the game for them by Paul Dickson. It was a fantastic hit from distance.
After they conceded Musselburgh arguably started to play their best football and the wingers in particular were looking sharp and skillful, if not for the opposing goalkeeper they probably would have created an equaliser.
Club Views
Spartans FC
Musselburgh Athletic
Les Atkinson, coach of Spartans F.C, said: "I thought the conditions were difficult for both teams and it ruined the game as a spectacle. It was just that one bit of genius at the end which separated the sides."
Rod MacLeod, coach of Musselburgh Athletic, said: "I don't think we reached the heights we can. When we went 1-0 down I think we started to play and come into it a bit more, but that's the way it goes."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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