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Heroic second half fightback puts Bellfield in cup final

KSC Barca Bulls 3

Sweeney 8', 28', Dean 27'

Bellfield Royals BC 4

Bott 36', 59', 65', Sawyers 69'
  • Saturday, 23 April 2016
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 14┬┤s
  • Wallace Gemmill Cup Semi Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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What a fightback this was from Bellfield. It is the oldest cliché in the book, but this was the game of two halves to end them all.  KSC will still be wondering how they managed to let this one slip having established a three goal lead at the break.

Instead their opponents somehow clawed themselves back into it. The annual fixture madness may have been a factor in their sluggish start, but on the back of last week’s cup victory, Bellfield have a taste for more silverware. With a second half hat-trick from Cameron Bott and David Sawyers’s last gasp header they booked their place in the final in dramatic style.

Barca looked shell shocked at the end, and will rue missed opportunities in a first half they completely dominated. This game should probably have been beyond even Bellfield’s recovery powers by half time.

It was a bright opening half hour for the hosts, with Daniel Sweeney’s goal brace and Alexander Dean’s header putting them seemingly in cruise control. Right from the off KSC had a stranglehold of midfield, camped in the Bellfield half, with Dean and Lennon Goldthorpe passing up early opportunities.

It only took 8 minutes for the pressure to finally give, as Sweeney rocketed a fine strike, from the D, into Nathan Joyce’s top right corner. A deserved lead, but what followed would come back to haunt KSC in the second half.

A succession of chances fell their way. Andy Martin fired wide, in the 11th minute, after being clean through on goal, with Dean having his shot cleared off the Bellfield line four minutes later. With the visitors unable to clear their lines, and push up, Sweeney then cracked the bar in the 18th. It was all one-way traffic.

Bellfield’s only ray of hope was in getting Jamie Fowler and Bott involved in the game up field, but they remained under the cosh as KSC kept up the possession football through Sweeney, Dean and Goldthorpe.

The lead should have been doubled on 25 minutes, as Goldthorpe slipped a perfect ball through for Dean clean through on goal, but he could not test Joyce. However, the striker then made amends two minutes later to score number two, as he leapt highest at the far post to nod home Sweeney’s corner.

It looked like Bellfield were finally caving in to the pressure a minute later as KSC struck again to seemingly put one foot in the final. Another quick break down the right found Goldthorpe in the box in space. Joyce could only parry a gift out to eight who made no mistake from a couple of yards.

Barca were in full control but should have been out of sight right on half time, with Dean clean through again, but this time Joyce stood up well to block his shot.

 
  • Half Time:
  • KSC Barca Bulls
  • 3-0
  • Bellfield Royals BC

Three goals down at half time, Bellfield looked down and out. Whatever was said at the break, though, ignited the turbo engines as they emerged a different team in the second half.

The tactic may have been simply to attack with nothing to lose. This was a side that had scored 6 goals in a second half last week, with players capable of wreaking havoc to defences if they could push out.

They began with a much greater urgency on the front foot and posted their intent a minute in to reduce arrears. Rhys Osborne’s corner delivery swung into the box and Bott was first to react to shoot high past Jamie Kerr, almost the home goalkeeper's first touch of the game.

It was Bellfield’s first clear opening and it gave them renewed energy and a taste for more. They began to move the ball in midfield and switch the play, with Fowler an ever present danger whenever he got onto the ball.

The game’s transformation was almost complete as they pulled another goal back on the hour mark, as Taylor McIntyre found space down the right channel to square for Bott in the box to score.

With 10 minutes to play, KSC were suddenly hanging on with the fightback well and truly on. The hosts looked perhaps slightly heavy footed and had lost their shape and first half cutting edge. Nevertheless, it was an absorbing cup tie with the result now in the balance.

The stage was set for the grand finale as Bellfield completed a heroic comeback on 65 minutes. And it was a replica of the second goal, with McIntyre again laying the ball on for Bott to tap home after a good build up down the right side of the box.

Barca seemed to fade now and, with just a minute to play and extra time beckoning, the stage was set for the most grand of finales. Osborne’s corner swung in from the right, and with KSC unable to clear, in nipped Sawyers at the far post to head home the spectacular winner.

A tough one to take for KSC, and they will rue first half missed opportunities. Both clubs must dust themselves down and return to the busy league calendar, each in contention at the top of a league championship set to go down to the wire.

  • Full Time:
  • KSC Barca Bulls
  • 3-4
  • Bellfield Royals BC

Lineups

KSC Barca Bulls
Bellfield Royals BC
1. Jamie Kerr
2. Lewis Hood
3. Aaron Forrest
4. Adam McAlpine
5. Taylor Campbell
6. Lewis Richardson
7. Jamie McLaughlan
8. Daniel Sweeney
9. Andy Martin
10. Alexander Dean
11. Leo Colquhoun
12. Kai Pearson
13. Ryan Morris
13. Lennon Goldthorpe
14. Rauri Cameron
16. Rylee Brookes
16. Zach Howarth
17. Kyle Lindsay
1. Nathan Joyce
2. Adam Borthwick
3. Reece Mirfin
4. Rory Gray
5. Rowan Taylor
6. David Sawyers
8. Rhys Osborne
9. Finlay Parker
10. Taylor McIntyre
11. Lewis Baird
12. Jamie Fowler
12. Ben Login
15. Cameron Bott
16. Darren Brown
Star Player
KSC Barca Bulls
Bellfield Royals BC
Daniel Sweeney - Orchestrated the game for KSC especially in the first half, scoring a double. Unlucky to be on the losing side.
Cameron Bott - His first half hat-trick got Bellfield back in the game.
Magic Moment
KSC Barca Bulls
Bellfield Royals BC
Sweeney's tap in for number three looked to have put one KSC foot in the final.
Without question David Sawyers' goal will be one to remember for a while, as his last gasp header sealed victory.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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