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Extra time needed as Bellfield Royals add to trophy haul

Bellfield Royals 5

Baird 14', Sawyers 15', Logan 71', 75', McIntyre 88'

Dalrymple Thistle 2

Sykes 46', 49'
  • 5-2 after extra time
  • Saturday, 21 May 2016
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 13´s
  • Wallace Gemmell Trophy Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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It took extra time to finally decide the destiny of the Wallace Gemmell trophy at Dam Park. After their comeback heroics in the semi-final Bellfield almost faced one of their own as a dogged Dalrymple side chased them down at Dam Park. Three goals in extra time eventually brought the Royals side their second trophy of the season, with a treble now a realistic prospect.

Dalrymple had mounted a brave comeback to level the tie in regulation. Goalkeeper Joseph Kerr had proved a rock at the back in a first half dominated by Bellfield, to just about help his side weather the storm and go in just two goals down.

Royals had also lost danger man Jamie Fowler to injury in the first half, which was to blunt their attack as they reorganised. It all gave Dalrymple just the sniff of a heroic recovery. One goal back and who knows?

But Bellfield looked to be well on course for more silverware in the first half, establishing an early two goal lead and playing at a tempo Dalrymple struggled to match. Taylor McIntyre and Fowler were the twin threat with quick balls in behind to catch out the Dalrymple back line.

The opener arrived in the 14th minute, after a period of sustained Bellfield pressure. Rhys Osborne’s corner swung in from the right and Lewis Baird nipped in at the far post to nod past Kerr.

Just a minute later and Royals had extended their lead. A fine ball through beat the Dalrymple defensive line with David Sawyers clean through to beat Kerr from close range.

Two such quick goals would have knocked the stuffing out of most teams, but Dalrymple collected themselves and pushed out to create a few chances of their own in response, with David McMenemy a constant danger down the right with his pace. After good play by the winger Iain Stevenson might have done better with a free header inside the box.

And goalkeeper Kerr kept their hopes just alive as Fowler went on a dazzling run on 30 minutes, beating three defenders, but a good rush out from his line blocked the shot. Shortly later Bellfield suffered a blow as Fowler pulled up with a ligament strain and had to be substituted just before the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Bellfield Royals
  • 2-0
  • Dalrymple Thistle

As the second half began we still had a cup tie in the balance. Dalrymple knew they had to get the next goal and began more purposefully, with Josh Sykes and Christopher Lymburn pressing higher in midfield. Bellfield meanwhile had reorganised the attack due to Fowler’s injury and were clearly taking time to adjust their shape.

six minutes into the half and it was game on, as Dalrymple got one back in spectacular fashion. From a half Bellfield clearance Sykes dug out a delightful chip from the left edge of the Royals area, taking the ball down to fire high into Nathan Joyce’s top left corner. Things began to look a bit less certain at the back with Steel Fergusson almost pouncing on a mishandled ball with the Royals keeper only just able to clear.

It was a sign of things to come as three minutes later Dalrymple had turned the tie around. From the set piece Stevenson’s free kick rattled the junction of the bar and dropped across the goal, and Sykes was on hand to bundle over the line for his, and his side’s, second goal.

All of a sudden Bellfield had a cup to win all over again, and it sparked a renewed determination as they passed up several chances to restore their advantage in the closing 20 minutes. Great wide play, by Reece Mirfin, set Ben Logan up with two glorious chances, with the substitute just off target from close range.

With five minutes on the clock Mirfin came close himself after a driving run, but couldn’t find the target.

  • Full Time:
  • Bellfield Royals
  • 2-2
  • Dalrymple Thistle
And so it all came down to extra time, with Royals showing they had more in the tank to finally get their hands on the cup. Mirfin and Logan were beginning to look a deadly duo against tiring Dalrymple defenders and they linked up again one minute into extra time. This time the substitute made no mistake to volley home from close range.

It was proving a bridge too far for Dalrymple, and five minutes in Royals all but sealed the silverware as Logan helped himself to his second after McIntyre had struck the woodwork.

The two front men were finally enjoying the space and freedom in behind the Dalrymple back four, allowed as their opponents chased the game and never gave up. They almost reduced arrears with Jamie White rattling the bar three minutes from time, but Mcintyre was to have Royals’ final say as he ran through on goal to beat Kerr with a well-placed finish.

In the end Bellfield just had too much in attack for a spirited Dalrymple side. Royals now move back to the league campaign as they battle it out at the top with KSC Barca in the hope of sealing a glorious treble.

Final Result: 5-2 after extra time


Bellfield Royals
Dalrymple Thistle
1. Nathan Joyce
2. Adam Borthwick
3. Reece Mirfin
4. Rory Gray
6. David Sawyers
7. Connor Robertson
8. Rhys Osborne
9. Finlay Parker
10. Taylor McIntyre
11. Lewis Baird
12. Jamie Fowler
13. Ben Logan
15. Cameron Byott
16. Darren Brown
1. Joseph Kerr
2. Connor McMorland
4. Reece Mitchell
5. Jo Paterson
6. Josh Sykes
7. Steel Fergusson
8. Iain Stevenson
9. Jake Campbell
10. Luke Jones
11. David McMenemy
12. Jamie White
14. Sean Fergusson
18. Christopher Lymburn
20. Stuart McMillan
Star Player
Bellfield Royals
Dalrymple Thistle
Reece Mirfin - His width laid on the decisive goals for Bellfield in extra time.
Joseph Kerr - Showed great command of his area to keep his side in the game.
Magic Moment
Bellfield Royals
Dalrymple Thistle
Logan's goal, for number three, capped a fine flowing Bellfield move.
Sykes' postage stamp strike sparked a great Dalrymple fightback.
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