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Giffnock SC dethrone Longniddry to lift Scottish Youth FA Cup

Giffnock SC 2

McMillan 38, McFarlane 80

Longniddry Villa 0

  • Saturday, 18 May 2019
  • Airdrieonians Football Club
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup Final
Picture the scene: Two sides lined up across the half way line doing their bit to show racism the red card whilst the Champions League theme music has to compete with one sides singing section, armed with nearly one flag per person, just to be heard. You would be forgiven for thinking this was another famous night at Anfield, however on this occasion it was the Under 16 inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup final between Giffnock SC and Longniddry Villa.
 
With the game underway to crescendo of noise, particularly from the Giffnock ultra's, the side from East Renfrewshire started on the front foot and after just three minutes Ben Conroy twisted and turned inside the right hand side of the box before getting his shot away which was smartly stopped by Villa goalkeeper Sam Capes.
 
Longniddry responded well when Lewis Inglis won the ball in the middle of the park and drove into space before releasing the ever dangerous Aiden Walsh who after beating his first man was thwarted by a great covering block which presented the first corner of the game,
 
The resulting corner in from the left was put directly on top of Giffnock goalkeeper Colin Thomas however a melee in the box let the Renfrewshire side off the hook when a foul was awarded and stopped any immediate danger.
 
The games first real chance came after 12 minutes when a long clearance from Longniddry's Ben Wright wasnt dealt with by the Giffnock defence and Nathan Muir raced in to try and take advantage of the error however after getting in behind the defence his touch was smothered by Thomas in the Giffnock goal who reached well to the danger.
 
Aiden Walsh began to grown in to the game for Villa and on 17 minutes he cut inside his man and played a delightful switch for Jack Macdonald to race on to, his first touch was excellent and he turned the defender to get on to his left foot but again Thomas was sharp off his line and narrowed the angle well to deny the Villa number seven.
 
Longniddry started to apply further pressure and this time Matthew McMillan released Walsh on the right who once again skipped by the first Giffnock shirt before being crowded out by a second covering defender. In an almost identical chance just moments later, Walsh again beats the first marker and this time is able to deliver a low cross in to the box however the ball gets stuck under Macdonald's feet and the chance goes begging.
 
With almost every attack going through Walsh he again wriggles free of two Giffnock shirts and releases Macdonald once more. The Villa forward this time checks in on his right foot and has his effort blocked, much to the frustration of Nathan Muir who felt the better option was to square the ball for him to tap home.
 
Down the other end Giffnock start to rally and end the half on a high themselves. James Dolan picked the ball up inside the box and danced through three defenders before forcing another smart stop from Capes in the Villa goal. The resulting corner is met by Jamie McEntegart however his glancing header goes agonisingly past the far post.
 
After a broken down Giffnock move on 36 minutes, Longniddry sprung on the counter which was the best move of the half and deserved better. The ball was won by Ben Wright after two colossal challenges and Inglis latched on to the loose ball and played a wonderfully weighted pass to Macdonald who teed up Muir but he dragged his effort harmlessly wide of the mark.
 
With just two minutes to half time, the deadlock was finally broken, but not the way that it had looked like going. Scott McMillan picked the ball up on the edge of the Villa box and was quickly surrounded by three blue shirts, he took his time and with great close control managed to shift the ball a yard to create the space for his looping effort which caught out Capes in the Longniddry goal. 
  • Half Time:
  • Giffnock SC
  • 1-0
  • Longniddry Villa
With the second half underway and Giffnock attacking the end where their 'ultras' were housed, they should have doubled their lead three minutes after the restart. A lack of communication between Capes and Wright led to the goalkeeper rolling the ball out to his centre back when he had his back turned however the Giffnock forwards could not capitalise.
 
A long clearance from Wright was flicked on well by McMillan to set Walsh away once more however his first time effort flashed across the goal and harmlessly out for a Giffnock goal kick.
 
Just moments later and Longniddry have their best chance of the match so far. A deep corner in from the far side passes over all of the Giffnock defence as the outstretched figure of Wright comes flying in but he cannot direct his header and he powers it over the crossbar into the stand behind.
 
The pressure begins to grow from Longniddry and as they are seeing plenty of the ball Walsh finds himself galloping down the right wing yet again. Tearing away from the fullback once more he hits the by line with two team mates in the centre for what seems a tap in and certain goal. However Giffnock number one Colin Thomas had other ideas. With the low cross fizzed along the wet surface it was on a plate to be tapped home however the most crucial of touches from the goalkeepers glove played the ball directly through the middle of the two expectant Villa forwards and out of harms way to keep his side in front. 
 
Just a minute later and Longniddry come close again, this time through Nathan Muir. A superb low cross by Euan Donaldson was met at the front post by Muir and his clever deft flick went narrowly over the Giffnock crossbar.
 
Giffnock went in search of a second through James Dolan when his slaloming run led him through a crowd of Villa defenders but he could only find the side netting with his left footed effort.
 
With time slipping away from Longniddry and only five minutes remaining on the clock, Villa players flood forward in numbers with Walsh leading the charge. He hits the byline once more and again pulls the ball back across the six yard box but Hamish Tait couldn't direct his attempt and it went wide of the far post much to the joy of the Giffnock singing section.
 
With holes appearing in the Longniddry defence as they went in search of an equaliser, Giffnock began to fashion chances of their own to kill the game off. Dolan found himself on the left hand side of the box with just one defender in his way, a quick drop of the shoulder later and he had created the room for a pop at goal however his powerful effort drifted narrowly wide.
 
In the dying moments as Longniddry tried to force the issue Giffnock delivered a fatal blow to the holders that would settle the tie. A great advantage from referee Andy Arrol allowed a free flowing Giffnock counter attack to continue after a foul on the halfway line had threatened to halt their attack. Ben Macfarlane was set free down the left where he drove past the band of ultras and in to the Villa box with purpose before cooly slotting the ball home past a helpless Sam Capes. 
 
A cruel blow for Longniddry Villa who had given their all to get back in the game but just could not break down this stubborn and resolute Giffnock side who had got their second half tactics spot on.
  • Full Time:
  • Giffnock SC
  • 2-0
  • Longniddry Villa

Lineups

Giffnock SC
Longniddry Villa
1. Colin Thomas
2. Mitchell Wildman
3. Jamie Stewart
4. Cameron MacKay
5. Fraser Lipp
6. Ross Cabuk
7. James Dolan
8. Joseph Campbell
9. Jamie McEntergart
10. Scott McMillan
11. Ben Conroy
12. Luke Gillies
13. Ben McFarlane
14. Robbie Ranachan
15. Guy Bullock
1. Sam Capes
2. Nathan Masson
3. Euan Donaldson
4. Ben Wright
6. Adam Matthews
7. Jack McDonald
8. Ramsay Leitham
9. Lewis Inglis
11. Aiden Walsh
11. Benjamin Smith
13. Harvey Thomson
16. Matthew McMillan
17. Nathan Muir
18. Hamish Tait
Star Player
Giffnock SC
Longniddry Villa
Colin Thomas - That vital save to divert the square ball away from two Longniddry strikers was a crucial point in the game.
Aiden Walsh - Was extremely unlucky to be on the losing side and was at the heart of everything good that Villa created.
Magic Moment
Giffnock SC
Longniddry Villa
Ben Macfarlane's winner sparked jubilant scenes in the Giffnock end and increased the volume from the singing section ten fold.
For Longniddry, getting to the final of this competition for the second year running is a tremendous achievement. Wasn't their day but they are a good side and have every chance of coming back to Airdrie in the future.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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