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Caledonian United beat Irvine Meadow to lift CAYFA League Cup

Caledonian United 4

McDiarmid, 45, McCulloch, 55, Ewing, 62 (pen), Boyle, 70

Irvine Meadow 0

  • Saturday, 25 April 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 16´s
  • CAYFA Age 16 League Cup

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Caledonian United cruised to victory over Irvine Meadow to lift the Age 16 CAYFA league cup at Kilwinning Sports Club. After a tight opening half, and just the one goal between the sides, Caley eventually ran out convincing winners after a fine second half display.

The match was nevertheless a real contest for the opening half, and Irvine may wonder what might have been had they not passed up a golden opportunity to take the lead on the half hour. Thereafter Caley took control of the game, with Alistair Boyle pulling the strings in midfield and rounding victory with a sensational fourth goal.

Both sides showed great purpose and energy from the start, pushing forward. Mitchell Ewing had Caley’s first chance on five minutes, as Boyle threaded a ball through for the striker to fire just over.

Irvine provided a threat from the set piece. A good delivery from the left by Liam Fitzsimonds found Jack Roddenn at the far post, who headed just wide on 15 minutes. Roddenn was again found by a free kick from Jamie Cook a few minutes later, but was just unable to connect with his header.

Caley tried to get things going with Ryan Strain down the right, and Boyle running things from midfield. Finding a yard of space the midfielder fired just over from outside the box on 25 minutes. Kyle McDiarmid came close soon after as Caley tried to get their noses in front.

Irvine were still getting into some good positions in the Caley half, and passed up the chance of the game on 32 minutes. David Cherry laid the ball through the middle for Kieran Struthers with the goal at his mercy, but he could only shoot over the bar.

Both sides were coming closer, and Caley had a great chance on 40 minutes, as Ewing slipped Strain through to round Meadow keeper Greg Connor. Only a goal line clearance by Jamie Lambert kept the scores level.

But right on half time Caley were in front. From a free kick from the right Boyle centred for McDiarmid to head in at the far post for the Caley breakthrough.

  • Half Time:
  • Caledonian United
  • 1-0
  • Irvine Meadow

Caley started the second half with the goal advantage and the wind in their sails. On 55 minutes, they extended their lead from a free kick down the left. As the Meadow defence let the ball bounce Lewis McCulloch nipped in to head over Greg Connor to put his side fully in the driving seat.

Caley were enjoying passing the ball about, as Meadow’s heads seemed to drop. After Strain forced a great save from Connor on 60 minutes, they pushed further in front two minutes later. McCulloch played a nice one-two with Logan Craig and was brought down through on goal, and Ewing made no mistake from the spot kick.

Thereafter it seemed a question of how many, and the best goal was yet to come. Boyle took the ball from midfield and bought himself space to arrow a 25-yard thunderbolt past Connor for number four after 70 minutes. It was the ideal goal to seal a cup victory.

With 20 minutes left and the cup all but sealed Caley rang the changes and gave the subs a taste of cup victory. Another fine passing move almost had Ewing in for number five on 80 minutes, as they turned on the style.

Caley could celebrate a convincing victory and will now look to push up and challenge in the home straight for the league. Meadow will be hoping to put it all behind them as they travel to West Kilbride in the CAYFA league next week.

  • Full Time:
  • Caledonian United
  • 4-0
  • Irvine Meadow

Lineups

Caledonian United
Irvine Meadow
1. Louis McIntosh
2. Fraser Paterson
3. Dylan Robb
4. Ryan Strain
5. Jacob Grant
6. Kieran Makowski
7. Logan Craig
8. Alistair Boyle
9. Mitchell Ewing
10. Lewis McCulloch
11. Harry Mitchell
12. Kyle McDiarmid
14. Darrell Cotton
15. Aidan Smith
16. Jack Ryan
17. Brandon Salotti
18. Paul McLeod
19. Fraser Hay
1. Greg Connor
2. Jamie Seenan
3. Kieran Struthers
4. Liam Fitzsimonds
5. Jamie Cook
6. Jamie Lambert
7. Greg Thomson
8. Cameron Lindsay
9. Josh Hay
10. Daniel Orr
11. Jack Roddenn
12. Jacob Williams
14. David Cherry
15. Cameron Inglis
16. Ben Cunningham
17. Sam Auld
17. Jack Ryland
07. Jay Higgins
Star Player
Caledonian United
Irvine Meadow
Alistair Boyle - Pulled the strings in midfield and scored goal of the game.
Kieran Struthers - An early threat up front and should have opened the scoring.
Magic Moment
Caledonian United
Irvine Meadow
Boyle's stunning strike on 70 minutes sealed the win.
A tough afternoon for the Irvine side and they will hope to bounce back.
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