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Craigroyston hit Windsor for 6 to lift Star Trophy

Craigroyston BC 6

Shanley 8, 12, Sives 22, Tipton 52, Watson 54, Cinar 70

Musselburgh Windsor 2

McCole 20, Ritchie 75
  • Tuesday, 03 June 2014
  • Venue name here
  • Under 14´s
  • Star Trophy - Final
Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Having met twice in this competition already this season with the scores being 5-3 and 4-5 respectively, both Craigroyston BC and Musselburgh Windsor Colts knew that they could expect a difficult task at New Dundas Park on Monday night, in the final of this year’s Star Trophy. Goals were to be expected it seemed and the match did not disappoint in that respect. Perhaps less expectedly, given previous results, was the manner in which the score-line swung hugely in the favour of one team. The team in question were Craigroyston BC, who turned out convincing 6-2 winners. While Musselburgh did trouble their opponents for spells of the game, Craigroyston were far more clinical in front of goal and deserved the win.
The first action of the game came when Musselburgh’s Adam Mackie managed to lose his marker on the edge of the box. Mackie released the ball to Sam Millar who had an attempt at goal but saw his effort rise over the bar. Mackie was involved shortly after, this time on the right wing and after turning inside looked to be bearing down on goal but a well timed challenge from Craigroyston’s Matthew Delworth stopped Mackie in his tracks.
At the other end of the pitch, Craigroyston created their first chance of the match when Darren Hunter found a pass to Kyle Collins but before Collins could do much with the ball, Musselburgh’s Andrew Scott came in with a strong but fair challenge to clear the danger. Craigroyston continued to press however and it wasn’t to be long before they opened the scoring in the tie. On eight minutes they found the back of the net through striker Ryan Shanley. Hunter played a perfectly weighted chip over the Musselburgh defence which Shanley latched onto and, taking a touch to steady himself, fired the ball past the keeper, giving his side the lead.
Just minutes after breaking the deadlock, Shanley had a golden chance to double his tally. With the ball at his feet on the edge of the eighteen-yard-box, he took a touch inside and curled a shot with his right foot. His effort went agonisingly wide of target though. To Shanley’s credit he didn’t let his head drop and this confidence paid off when he scored the second goal of the match after twelve minutes. Shrugging off two defenders, Shanley burst into the box and calmly slotted the ball past Musselburgh stopper Lawrie Simpson and into the back of the net.
Craigroyston were now in a comfortable position in the tie but Musselburgh on the other hand could see the game slipping away from them. Knowing that the next goal could be crucial, they battled hard in midfield and got the ball forward with some great passing and movement, creating a few chances in the process. Stevan McCole had a couple of attempts from distance, both of which troubled the keeper. William Laddbrooke also delivered an inviting ball into the box from the right wing but it McCole narrowly missed getting on the end of the cross and still a goal evaded Colts. The East Lothian side kept plugging away however and their efforts resulted in s goal on the twenty minute mark. Conor White supplied a great pass to McCole who duly found the back of the net, giving Musselburgh hope of getting back into the match.
However, the confidence gained from their first goal of the evening couldn’t propel Musselburgh onto pulling level before half-time and instead they found themselves victim to a smash and grab third from Craigroyston. Hunter’s corner was swung in from the right and Brandon Sives got a touch to it, sending it into the net at the back post. Losing a goal to a set-piece before the break would have dented the spirits of Musselburgh but they had shown promise in attack in the first half. Craigroyston had been more clinical in front of goal and, as a result, led three-one after the opening thirty-five minutes of play.
  • Half Time:
  • Craigroyston BC
  • 3-1
  • Musselburgh Windsor
The second half lived up to the first in terms of excitement, with both sides getting off to a quick start after the break. Craigroyston could have extended their lead even further with Blair Anderson’s long distance free-kick. Anderson struck the ball well and Simpson struggled to keep a hold of the ball. Just as it looked likely that the effort would find the back of the net though, the Musselburgh stopper recovered well to save the shot on the line. Colts responded soon after when McCole’s volley rattled off the crossbar. A goal was certainly coming in the game but it was difficult to tell which side it would fall in favour of.
Just after fifty minutes, Musselburgh were dealt a killer blow to their chances of lifting the Star trophy when Craigroyston scored two goals in quick succession. James Tipton and Lewis Watson were to be the key contributors to both goals through great link up play between the pair. The first goal came when Tipton offloaded the ball to Watson who dribbled it into the box and rounded the keeper. Realising that he was in no position to pull off a shot, he unselfishly rolled the ball back to Tipton who smashed it into the goal for Craigroyston’s fourth of the game. Just two minutes later, roles were reversed as Tipton crossed the ball for Watson to finish with a powerful header.
With the score standing at five-one, it would be forgiven of Musselburgh to let their heads drop but to their credit they continued to be positive in attack. Andrew Scott went on a mazy run through the Craigroyston defence that deserved a goal, but he couldn’t find the net after dribbling into the box. Colts' persistence paid off with five minutes remaining however when Struan Ritchie hit a powerful effort that went straight through the hands of Jamie Ross, who would have felt unlucky not to have saved the effort. Ross had an excellent game, showing bravery to rush off his line many times during the match, injuring himself in the process which resulted in a long stoppage in play while he was treated on the field. As a result, there was around five minutes of added time which gave Craigroyston ample time to top their win with a sixth goal. Conrad Cinar grabbed the last goal of the game, converting from a corner after coming on as a substitute in the second half and so it was Craigroyston who were crowned champions.
The win caps off a hugely impressive run in the Star Trophy for Craigroyston BC who averaged close to five goals a game in this year’s competition. Remarkably, both Craigroyston BC and Musselburgh Windsor Colts will meet each other on Sunday for the final of the Charles Porter Memorial Cup, at the exact same venue. Musselburgh will be out for revenge while Craigroyston will be looking to lift their second piece of silverware in less than a week. Anyone who’s looking to see a few goals this weekend is advised to get along to New Dundas Park on Sunday for what should be another great match between these two sides.
  • Full Time:
  • Craigroyston BC
  • 6-2
  • Musselburgh Windsor


Craigroyston BC
Musselburgh Windsor
1. Jamie Ross
2. Aaron Hughes
3. James Tipton
4. Bryan Dudgeon
5. Cameron Archibald
6. Brandon Sives
7. David Douglas
8. Darren Hunter
9. Brian Gilchrist
10. Ryan Shanley
11. Lewis Watson
12. Kyle Collins
14. Conrad Cinar
15. Deroin Simpson
16. Matthew Delworth
17. Nathan Fallon
1. Lawrie Simpson
3. Kieran Lugton
5. Callum Henderson
6. Stevan McCole
7. Jake Cantley
8. Lewis Renton
9. William Ladbrooke
10. Adam Mackie
11. Andrew Scott
12. Liam Risi
14. Sam Millar
15. Tommy Owenson
17. Blair Anderson
18. Conor White
19. Blair Devlin
36. Struan Ritchie
Star Player
Craigroyston BC
Musselburgh Windsor
James Tipton put in a solid performance for Craigroyston, always looking to press forward when in possession.
Andrew Scott made some important challenges and looked confident going forward. Unlucky not to score in second half.
Magic Moment
Craigroyston BC
Musselburgh Windsor
Tipton and Watson’s two-minute double act put the tie beyond doubt for Craigroyston.
McCole’s first-half strike gave his side hope and lifted Musselburgh after going two goals down.
Club Views
Craigroyston BC
Musselburgh Windsor
Colin Dudgeon said: "Overall I think it was a very entertaining match between two good sides. We were particularly strong going forward and have players with pace that helped us to do so. We took our chances when we needed to and ultimately that’s what won us the game."
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