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Salvesen CFC 96 5

Spartans FC Reds 2

  • Saturday, 15 November 2014
  • Forrester High School
  • Under 19´s
  • Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup

Youth Football Scotland: Salvesen CFC 96's v Spartans FC Reds (U19s) &emdash;

Salvesen progressed to the next round of the Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup after a commanding 5-2 win against a Spartan's team that struggled to hit their best form on the day. This takes nothing away from Salvesen who showed a great football maturity and fully deserved their win.

Salvesen kicked this cup tie off and showed their intent when they broke up field and won a corner in the first minute but the resulting corner was cleared.

Salvesen dominated from the start and their and the first real chance of the game came in the seventh min when Sam Shaw whipped in a great ball which was met by the head of Sean Elliot who saw his header saved.

Shaun Steven's was next to test Euan Morton in the Spartan's goal minutes later when from eight yards out he spun on a six pence only to see his shot go wide of the post. Steven's who looked very lively for the home team had a penalty claim turned down but he seemed to be the only player claiming for it.

Spartan's tried to get the ball down and play football but Salvesen pressing them high up the park caused Spartan's play to break down but on occasion's they managed to get forward but were restricted to efforts from long range.

Salvesen came close to doubling their lead in the 19th minute when a corner from Elliot was headed just wide by the impressive Steven's from eight yards out. Salvesen were nearly in again when Morton failed to hold onto a shot but was relieved to see his team mate clear the danger.

Spartan's had a good opportunity when a long ball played over the top for Aaron Currie just had too much pace on it for him to bring under control. Spartan's were being restricted to shots from distance and forced just to clear their lines time after time.

Steven's, O'Donnell and Shaw all had good chances for the home side and it looked only time before Salvesen would get their opener. Salvesen did not have to wait long when a good ball into the box from MacFarlene on the left hand side allowed Steven's to open the scoring in the 34th minute when his shot hit the left hand post and went in.

It was only what Salvesen deserved and they should have scored again minutes later after Elliot picked up the ball and drove at the Spartans goal finding himself one on one with Morton between the sticks. Morton did well to stand up and make himself big which forced Elliot to shoot wide.

Salvesen piled the pressure on and came close on several occasions in the latter stages of the half but it was Spartan's who could have found themselves going into the break on level terms. A long searching ball forward saw Ryan Philip in on goal only to see McGinley rush out and smother the ball at his feet.

  • Half Time:
  • Salvesen CFC 96
  • 1-0
  • Spartans FC Reds
Youth Football Scotland: Salvesen CFC 96's v Spartans FC Reds (U19s) &emdash;

Salvesen changed their formation for the second half and were on the attack again which saw them create a couple of early half chances through Pollock and Steven's.

Spartan's Scott Easton was unlucky to see his shot across McGinley in goal just go wide of the far post but it was Salvesen who were to threaten next when Morton saved brilliantly from that man again Steven's from only two yards out. Morton did not have time to enjoy his save as he was called into action again when Ryan Mayer was next to test him but Morton claimed the ball  at the second attempt.

Salvesen double their lead on the 59th minute when MacFarlane found himself in on goal and kept his composure to shoot low under the keeper.

Spartan's to give them their due were still trying to play football and this led to a good passing move which released Josh King who was denied his goal after being deemed offside. It was the same player who showed nice footwork in the box but his shot was snuffed out.

Just when Spartan's looked like they were getting back into the game they found themselves further behind when Pollock received the ball out wide and played it into the box which was finished nicely by Elliot with 65 minutes gone. Salvesen put this cup tie to bed two minutes later when Grant Aitken scored after the second attempt after getting the ball from under his feet to hit the back of the net.

It was all Salvesen and they were bombarding the Spartan's goal but Spartan's although struggling managed to keep them at bay. This was emphasised when Salvesen's Michael Forrest was just about to pull the trigger to see Brodie Beveridge clear just in time for Spartan's. 

Spartan's were rewarded for not giving up when they got on the score sheet in the 83rd min through Craig Smith who did brilliantly to ride three challenges and keep his feet to finish sublimely with a fine strike into the far corner.

Salvesen did not take this lying down and pushed forward again and scored two minutes after conceding when Steven's picked up the ball down the left hand side and his ball into the box found O'Donnell unmarked to slot home to claim his first of the match and Salvesen's fifth.

Not to be left out Spartan's repaid the favour when they broke up field and two minutes after conceding got their second of the game when Philip received the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the box, swivelled and blasted home leaving McGinley helpless.

  • Full Time:
  • Salvesen CFC 96
  • 5-2
  • Spartans FC Reds


Salvesen CFC 96
Spartans FC Reds
1. Ben Martin McGinley
3. Harvey Kirk
4. Ryan Kenneth Mayer
5. Shaun Stevens
6. Jamie Thomlinson
9. Bradley O'Donnell
10. Sean Elliot
11. Bryan Pollock
12. Max Morrin
14. Sam Derek Shaw
16. Michael Forrest
17. Scott Johnston
18. Grant David Aitken
19. Cameron MacFarlane
1. Euan Morton
5. Murray McDermott
6. Bradley Mercer
7. Brodie Beveridge
9. Josh King
10. Joe Newman
11. Scott Easton
12. Calum Brook
14. Ethan Nicolson
15. Adam Corbett
16. Jack Smith
17. Craig Smith
21. Aaron Currie
22. Ryan Philip
GK. Brendan Angello
Star Player
Salvesen CFC 96
Spartans FC Reds
Shaun Steven's get the award as he opened the scoring in this match and was involved with everything Salvesen did in this match. On another day Shaun could have bagged himself four or five goals.
Ethan Nicolson worked very hard and was looking to get on the ball for Spartan's at any opportunity and is a deserved recipient.
Magic Moment
Salvesen CFC 96
Spartans FC Reds
McGinley's quick reaction to stop Spartan's going in at half time on level terms.
Craig Smith showing great strength to shirk of three challenges before scoring Spartan's first goal.
Club Views
Salvesen CFC 96
Spartans FC Reds
Jason Ronaldson, coach of Salvesen, said: "I thought we just shaded a pretty even first half. A change in formation in the second half worked well as we got another four goals. I felt we let our standards slip as we gave away two silly goals at the end of the game which cost us a clean sheet . Spartan's were a good side but I think the years difference benefited us"
David Mercer, coach of Spartan's Fc Reds, said: "On the day the team that showed the most commitment and desire won the game quite comfortably. I thought it was a poor performance from us but fair play to Salvesen as they deserved their win"
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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