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Five-star Galston too much for Lenzie in cup victory

Galston YFC 5

Robertson 3' Laird 18' 46' 52' Boylan 68'

Lenzie YC 0

  • Saturday, 13 June 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 15´s
  • CYP Federation Cup

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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This was an emphatic win for Galston over last year’s CYP Federation Cupwinners Lenzie at Kilwinning Sports Club, a game the Ayrshire club had a grip on from the start.

Galston never looked back from starting the game at a high tempo. The Lenzie side were immediately on the back foot, just escaping after a goalmouth scramble after two minutes. A minute later, Daniel Robertson nodded them in front after good work by Callum Laird and Greg Hampshire.

Lenzie tried to push up front through Lewis Swift and Callum O'Brien, but with their defence kept deep they were leaving too much space for Galston to play in and dictate the early play.

After good pressure on Lenzie keeper Cameron Gordon, they scored a second goal on 18 minutes. Gordon’s rushed clearance found Cameron Craig down the right side of the box, beginning a sweeping passing move with Hampshire whose cutback gave Laird the easiest of tap-ins. It was all one way traffic with Galston driving fast.

Soon after, Laird almost extended his side’s lead with a shot from the left on 29 minutes, before Hampshire tripped over his shot on 35 minutes when he seemed set to pull the trigger.

Lenzie did get on the ball more towards the end of the half, making a game of it, with Swift finding Sam McGroule free in the box, and forcing a fine save from Joe Aiwansoba in the Galston goal. Having braved the early onslaught they went into the break just alive at just two goals down.

  • Half Time:
  • Galston YFC
  • 2-0
  • Lenzie YC

Galston came out in the second half though not to let this slip, and asserted control from the off. A quick break up the pitch after 46 minutes led to the decisive third goal, as Kieran Boylan swept the ball through to Laird, and his shot deflected off the keeper and into the net.

There seemed no way back but Lenzie kept pushing to get on the scoresheet. Marc Rundell’s shot went just wide on 48 minutes, as Swift and O'Brien continued to combine with good runs up front.

It just was not to be their day though, as Galston extended their lead on 52 minutes. Laird charged down Gordon’s clearance and was first to react and complete his hat-trick. Lenzie had been blown away in this opening to this second half.

It became all about damage limitation, but Lenzie could easily have pulled goals back after 55 and 70 minutes. Firstly O'Brien pushed a golden opportunity just over from a corner and then Swift struck a post from O'Brien's assist. It was not going to be Lenzie's day.

Instead Boylan wrapped things up for Galston at the other end, with a fine curling finish from just outside the box after 68 minutes. More goals could have followed, particularly with Jamie Jackson getting on the end of some great chances. The substitute could easily have had a late hat-trick as the minutes ticked down.

It was a day to remember for the Galston contingent as they partied with the trophy at full time. A well deserved victory which seemed in little doubt from the opening minute.

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  • Full Time:
  • Galston YFC
  • 5-0
  • Lenzie YC

Lineups

Galston YFC
Lenzie YC
1. Joe Aiwansoba
2. Liam Murray
3. Kris Leggat
4. Craig Roney
5. Aaron Boland
6. Daniel Law
7. Greg Hampshire
8. Cameron Craig
9. Kieran Boylan
11. Cameron McColl
12. Jamie Jackson
15. Callum Laird
16. Daniel Robertson
18. Jordan Webster
1. Cameron Gordon
2. Rennie Hamilton
3. William Traynor
4. Cameron Kane
5. Sam McGroule
6. Dillon Murphy
7. Brandon Ukpebor
9. Calum O'Brien
10. Andrew Mitchell
11. Marc Rundell
12. Robbie McGroule
17. Sam Dyer
18. Lewis Swift
19. Evan Marshall
Star Player
Galston YFC
Lenzie YC
Callum Laird - Was a danger throughout and grabbed a cup-final hat trick.
Lewis Swift - Kept up the fight up front and tried to push his team forward.
Magic Moment
Galston YFC
Lenzie YC
Boyland's curling finish in the 68th minute was the pick of the goals.
Swift's shot almost provided some consolation on 70 minutes but struck off the woodwork.
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