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St Cadocs see off Pollok United as they move away from relegation zone

Pollock United 2

Evan Neil, Shaun Kennedy

St Cadocs 9

Hasib Ahmed, Adam Heaton,Sinclair (og), Mitchell (2), Gentille (3)
  • Saturday, 09 September 2017
  • Nethercraigs Sports Complex
  • Under 13´s
  • Paisley Johnstone & District Youth football league

A very good performance from St Cadocs gave them a much-needed win as they eased past Pollok United.

A hat trick from Joseph Gentille, a brace from man of the match James Mitchell, also goals from Hasib Ahmed, Adam Heaton, Rory Milligan and an own goal from Ruddy Sinclair gave St Cadocs a rampant victory.

But the result could have been very different as minutes into the game Pollok United were given a penalty after Shaun Kennedy was bundled down in the penalty box by Zak Riaz but the penalty was dragged wide by Kennedy.

But after that St Cadocs were extremely quick to take control of the game and their first chance of the game came when the keeper missed kicked a clearance and the ball fell to Heaton who rushed his shot and he hit it over the bar.

But the first goal did come when a great ball in from Milligan and he put it to Ahmed who flicked it through the legs of the keeper to make it 1-0. And the goals kept on coming, this one coming from Heaton after his first shot was very well saved but he was on hand to tap in the rebound and puts Cadocs into a controlling position in the game.

St Cadocs score again now through a Sinclair own goal after a very well delivered corner from Calum Wong put it into the danger area and it went in off Sinclair’s back.

Polloks only real chance, apart from the penalty, came from another set piece as Even Neil got a free kick in a very good position but the shot wasn’t good enough as it didn’t have a lot of power and it was easy for Ben McAllister to catch the ball.

It was 4 after the referee played a great advantage and the ball goes to Mitchell who finesse it into the far corner to really wrap the game up. It was very close to being 5 after Heaton made a great run through the Pollok backline and midfield but it was a good save from keeper. Then came the fifth from the resulting corner after pinball in the penalty area the ball falls to Gentile at the edge of the box who smashes the ball into the top corner.

That was the end of the first half and it was clear to see that St Cadocs were adapting to 11 a side a lot better than Pollok was as this is their first season for both teams playing at that level.

  • Half Time:
  • Pollock United
  • 0-6
  • St Cadocs

At the start of the second half the pressure continued and St Cadocs got an indirect free kick after a back pass and it resulted in a goal as Milligan laid the ball off Mitchell who smashed the ball into the top corner.

Pollok then scored nothing more than a consolation after a corner was whipped in and it went over everyone’s head and it was tapped in by Kennedy. But the pressure from St Cadocs just didn’t hold up and a great one two between Gentille and Wong ended with Gentile hitting a shot but it was saved well by the keeper and from the resulting they made it 7-1 as the corner was whipped in and Gentile had enough time in the penalty box to take a touch and put the ball into the top corner.

Soon after wards it was eight when Gentile went on a mazy run through the Pollok backline and then he manged to slip it just beyond the on-rushing Sonny Cunningham in goal. It was 9-1 late on in the game as a defensive mix up in the Pollok United backline led to the ball falling to Milligan who managed to finish into the bottom corner.

And the consolation came from John Paul Jenson after Milligan scuffed his clearance the ball fell to Jenson who took two attempts to get the ball in the net.

Bu St Cadocs weren’t finished there Milligan plays the ball straight through the heart of the defence and Higgins hits the ball around the keeper to make it nine and really rub salt into the wounds of Pollock United

Overall from what I saw of the game St Cadocs were adapting their style to 11 a side a lot easier than Pollok were but it is still early in the season and the jump between 7 aside, which is what the teams were playing last season, and 11 aside is massive. It does take a while to adapt to a bigger pitch size with more space to use also the fitness isn’t quite there yet from both teams.

  • Full Time:
  • Pollock United
  • 2-9
  • St Cadocs


Pollock United
St Cadocs
1. Sonny Cunningham
2. Ashton Laidlaw
3. Aiden Gallacher
4. Shaun Kennedy
5. Matthew Mcdonald
7. Evan Neil
8. Allen Zhawari
9. John Paul Jenson
10. Sam Weatherhead
11. Sean Paul Grieves
12. Brogan Bradley
14. Jay John Mcleese
15. David Harley
17. Ruddy Sinclair
1. Ben Mcallister
2. Connor Aitchison
3. Euan Woods
4. Caiden Garioch
5. Aiden McGurren
6. Rory Milligan
7. Callum Wong
8. Adam Heaton
9. Paul Higgins
10. Joe Martin
11. James Mitchell
14. Joseph Gentile
15. Zac Riaz
16. Paul McDonald
17. Hasib Ahmed
18. Sam Gray
Star Player
Pollock United
St Cadocs
Evan Neil Great awareness for his goal took it well and also he was intelligeant with his run in waiting for the right moment to run in and put the ball in
James Mitchell Gave his full back all sorts of probelms throughout the game, second half especially, he went on a few incredible runs in which he was turning players inside out and the defence couldnt handle him also he took his first goal especially well with a curnling fines shoy
Magic Moment
Pollock United
St Cadocs
Their first goal which was an intelligent run from the Neil in at the back stick to nod the ball home
The fourth goal which was a pile driver from the edge of the box straight into the top corner and the keper was left in no mans land
Club Views
Pollock United
St Cadocs
Pollok can take some positives out of the game. Like the fact that they know how to adapat to 11 a side as it takes a while to find their feet at a new level.
St Cadocs can take alot of positives from the game they were pressing extremely high up the pitch andwhen they got the ball they were very quick in transition. But maybe the only negative was that they looked tired at the end of the game.
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