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Coylton triumph in cup final thriller

Caledonian FC 2

Robinson 2, Gallacher 29

Coylton FC 5

Conkie 5, Meiklem 6, 32, Marks 22, Blane 69
  • Saturday, 06 May 2017
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 13´s
  • West of Scotland YFL Presidents Cup

A pulsating end-to-end first half thriller settled the U13’s West of Scotland YFL Presidents Cup final, as Coylton FC ran out deserved winners against their league rivals Caledonian 2004s.

An action packed game with early goals, mazy runs and and some defensive mix ups made for an interesting spectacle for the fans, as the boys put on a show in the morning sun on an immaculate pitch at Dam Park.

Caledonian took the game to table toppers Coylton and their early pressure paid dividends after only two minutes. Anthony Brown went on a fantastic run, beating his man on the right wing before cutting the ball back to Caley’s number four, Josh Robinson, who dually dispatched the ball under the keeper to set the tone for the match.

The Coylton boys looked stunned by the rollercoaster start that Caledonian had made, however they soon grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.

A similar run on the right hand side from tricky winger Cameron McMillan created space just inside the box for Robbie Meiklem to get a shot away, but Ewan Henderson in the Caley goal couldn’t hold the ball which meant that Dylan Conkie had an empty net to level the tie. 

Less than a minute later though, a sublime lob from Coylton striker Meiklem turned the final on its head. The number 14 won the ball on the right hand side midway inside Caley’s half. He then drove with the ball into the box and produced a piece of magic as he chipped the keeper at the angle to give Coylton a 2-1 lead.

A quick-fire double salvo from the team in orange meant that they were in the ascendency after a whirlwind start to the Presidents Cup final 2017.

The leaders, who are unbeaten in the West of Scotland league, then sat back as Caley tried to get themselves back into the game. Both teams were trying to get the ball on the deck and pass and move their way to goal, but both sets of defences managed to cut out any promising moves.

However, Coylton did eventually make their way into the Caley half and were awarded a penalty after defender Struan Knox hacked down Meiklem, after the striker managed to get to the ball fractionally faster than the big defender. Number nine Jack Marks stepped up and hammered Coylton further into the lead on 22 minutes.

Coylton’s attacking players Dylan Conkie, Robbie Meiklem and Cameron McMillan continued to press the Caledonian defence as they looked to extend their team’s lead.

Nevertheless, out of nowhere Caley pulled a goal back to score the fifth goal of the game. Knox floated a free kick into the box which evaded Coylton’s defenders and goalkeeper leaving Innes Gallacher with a tap in.  

Just as Caledonian looked to be back into the match, some slack defending let in Meiklem to restore Coylton’s two goal cushion three minutes later. A long ball was launched forward which didn’t look like causing any problems, but some confusion between Max Ferguson and Henderson in goal meant that Meiklem got to the ball first and he neatly finished beyond the keeper.

Shortly after Coylton’s fourth goa,l the referee brought the first half to close in what had been an excellent 35 minutes of football from both sides with excitement aplenty. The previous meeting between the teams was a 0-0 stalemate back in March, so the boys had obviously brought their shooting boots.

  • Half Time:
  • Caledonian FC
  • 2-4
  • Coylton FC

It would be fair to say after such a full-on first half, the second would struggle to beat it. This was exactly the case as fatigue kicked in and the game became a bit scrappy.

Caley were pressing high as they chased a goal to get back into the match, and through the pace and skill of Brown they looked dangerous when attacking. They had several corners in the second half although it was Coylton who had the better chance when the fantastic Conkie stretched as far as he could to head the ball but unfortunately for Coylton it smacked the bar.

Conkie was later subbed off and received a great reception from all spectators having been a key figure in Coylton’s success.

Caley continued to put the Coylton defence under pressure as they threw the kitchen sink at their opponents in order to keep their cup hopes alive.

However, one minute from time Robbie Blane sealed Coylton’s cup triumph as the league leaders hit on the counter attack, exploiting space left in the Caledonian backline. Marks picked the ball up at the halfway line, after a Caley corner and ran all the way to the Caley box before passing to Blane who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

This sealed a well earned cup victory for Coylton and the celebrations got underway as the referee blew the full time whistle. Both sets of players were an absolute credit to their coaches and parents as they entertained from start to finish.

Congratulations to the champions Coylton.

  • Full Time:
  • Caledonian FC
  • 2-5
  • Coylton FC


Caledonian FC
Coylton FC
1. Ewan Henderson
1. Ben Yetton
2. Joseph Banks
4. Josh Robinson
5. Struan Knox
6. Jamie Boyle
7. Anthony Brown
8. Ben McMahon
9. Caleb Rennie
10. Jack Bolland
12. Innes Gallacher
12. Euan Robertson
14. Max Ferguson
15. Rhys McIndoe
18. George Glasgow
23. Jack Benson
21. Liam Gray
2. Kenneth Milligan
3. Ross Smith
4. Ross Murrey
5. Daniel Hannah
6. Cameron McMillan
7. Cameron White
9. Jack Marks
10. Robbie Blane
11. Rhys Berry
14. Robbie Meiklem
17. Finlay Paton
18. Dylan Conkie
19. Adam Collins
Star Player
Caledonian FC
Coylton FC
Anthony Brown stood out for Caley with various runs down the right and a good overall display.
Striker Dylan Conkie was one of many Coylton players who looked dangerous throughout the match and was at the heart of Coylton's attacking play. His first touch was superb.
Magic Moment
Caledonian FC
Coylton FC
With only two minutes gone a terrific driving run from Anthony Brown on the right wing led to the game's opening goal and gave Caledonian the perfect start.
Without a shadow of a doubt the magic moment for Coylton was when Robbie Meiklem lobbed the Caley keeper to turn the game on its head and make the score 2-1. Sheer brilliance.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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