Fixture: Caledonian Youth v Caledonian United
Competition: U15's CAYFA League Cup
Well this was the much anticipated match of the competition so far, with these two sides both very much involved in the title challenge also this season it would prove to be another spectacle for South West football, most of which has gone un noticed so far.
From the 1st whistle the referee stamped his authority in what had the potential to be a real powder keg scrap with these two stable mates, whilst these two sides share the same facilities that's where the loyalties stopped as the boys left the dressing rooms.
In the early exchanges both sides cautiously scoped each other out, however it would be the away side who would draw first blood and very much set the tone for their intent.
A clever through ball by the maestro Boyle dropped right in behind the high Caley youth back line, this forced the keeper out his comfort zone to clear however as he done so he took the ball and the risk of up ending Caley Uniteds influential Striker Mitchell Ewing, the result Ewing left on the deck with the keeper 20 yards of his line, as the ball cleared it fell to the feet of El maestro Boyle who neatly played the ball into the empty net from 30 yards out.
The tone was set, although Youth did test United's number 1 Louis McIntosh with a free kick that hit the bar shortly after, with the woodwork denying them to get level United were straight on the front foot again, with United piling the pressure on it was goal number two Ryan Strain collected the ball 12yards out and spun majestically to fire the ball low and hard into the keepers far right hand corner before the keeper even had a chance to react.
As the United back line stood firm, Caley Youth were continually denied entry by the impressive United rearguard, from the leadership of Cotton to the attacking runs from Harry Mitchell at left full back, they were immense, although special mention to Jacob Grant and Fraser Patterson who done the ugly work exceptionally well.
Half Time: Caledonian Youth 0-2 Caledonian United
The second half started much like the first with Uniteds number 9 Ewing tucking away a rebound from a well executed free kick from Boyle, with the keeper initially making an excellent save he could only parry it to the feet of Ewing 3-0 United, a familiar scoreline from an earlier league encounter between these two sides, so there was to be no complacency as that match finished 3-3.
Caledonian Youth were forced to change tactics and quickly adopted 3 at the back as they tried to get themselves forward and into the game, however it was United who struck again courtesy of a lovely reversed pass from Strain who picked out Ewing who looked up and laid it on a plate for the impressive Boyle who cooly slotted home the 4th and his second.
Youth eventually pulled back a consolation goal however this tie was never in doubt.
With the game generally played in a good competitive spirit it was tarnished by the unsavoury stamp by Youths number 8 who not only fouled Uniteds tenacious midfielder Kyle McDiarmid he deliberately stamped on his arm whilst floored from the initial challenge, this left the ref with no option to send him packing subsequently leaving his team mates with an impossible up hill battle.
As the game came to the closing stages there were few more chances of note, however the shift was done in the first 1hr making sure United would be lining up v the finalists in wait Irvine Meadow.
A terrific showpiece between two of the leagues finest, however it was United who deserved their victory today, well done lads from front to back you dug deep and your abilities shown through with football being the real winner here today.
Full Tiome: Caledonian Youth 1-4 Caledonian United