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Stewarton win penalty thriller against Renton

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Stewarton Annick
Renton Youth
U16 Only Sport West Region Cup - R2
Stewarton SC
A cold morning awaited both teams as Stewarton sitting top of the Paisley & Johnstone YFL 2nd Division welcomed Renton Youth sitting 3rd in the Glasgow District YFL 1st Division in this West Region Cup cracker.

Renton arrived in Ayrshire as favourites considering their league position but they left shell shocked as Stewarton proved how good a team they have become. indeed in the opening 20 minutes Stewarton more than matched their lofty opponents and looked the more likely to score. And score they did but only to be unbelievably ruled out for off side against Mason. it is fair to say that considering his marker had been behind him when the free kick was lofted in, and the fact that with his back to goal he deftly nodded the ball home the park was stunned when the referee deemed that he had came from an offside position and Renton could not believe there luck.

Stewarton again were denied this time from a strong penalty claim. A delightful ball played in to the back post saw Campbell rising highest and just waiting to nod home, however a clear shove from the defender went unpunished and all claims ignored as the referee waved play on. It would appear that the referee was wanting his say on the game.

Stewartons defence was solid throughout the first half restricting Renton to no clear chances and corners being their only hope but those were dealt with comfortably by Stewarton. Hamill and Hunter in the Stewarton midfield were possessed as they chased and harassed their counterparts easily coming out on top of the midfield battle. Carruth worked tirelessly up front as his strike partner Mason caused havoc every time he had the ball.

It was easy to see why Renton had such a good name about there self as they were a quality team, but Stewarton were the strongest and it was only due to some poor refereeing decisions that the half ended with no score.

Half Time: Stewarton Annick 0-0 Renton Youth

The second half started and Renton came out fighting creating a couple of chances of their own but these were dealt with via good saves from the inspired Mitchell and some dogged defending from Williamson, Barrie, Julyan & McGhee.

15 minutes into the second half and Stewarton again raised their game, Campbell and McMaster started imposing themselves in the wide midfield positions and Stewarton went on the attack. A neat through ball from Hamill to Mason saw the big striker evade his marker, bearing down on goals the big man unleashed a powerfully struck left footed shot low into the bottom right hand corner of the Renton goal.

It is fair to say that this was the least they deserved for their overall play. The pace and tempo of the game was high throughout the match and made for interesting viewing as both teams dug in and battled hard to gain momentum. It was Stewarton who scored next after some dogged play by Carruth and a scramble in the box before Mason slotted home his second.

Stewarton made changes then with 8 minutes to go which seemed to work against the rhythm of their play. However being 2 goals up and 8 minutes on the clock they should have seen the game out comfortably. Passes began to be rushed, marking became slack all over the park and Renton managed to score after a quick breakaway.

The game was firmly on now as the ref indicated 3 minutes to go. Renton continued to push and after a cleared header from Mason, the Renton midfielder latched on to the clearance and unleashed a beautiful strike into the top of the net. unbelievably this was in the 45th minute 2 minutes over the referee,s earlier indicated time remaining.

Kick off, final whistle to penalties we went. Renton's heads were up but Stewarton had never lost a penalty shoot out and again came out on top of this tense game scoring 9 to Rentons 8 penalties. The impressive Mitchell saving to put Stewarton through.

On the face of things Stewarton deserved the victory, despite the late collapse they were denied a perfectly good goal and a stone wall penalty. They imposed themselves on Renton which knocked the visitors for six. The game was played in the right spirit with Renton players doing heir club proud with their overall attitude.

Full Time: Stewarton Annick 2-2 Renton Youth (Stewarton win 9-8 on penalties).

Stewarton Annick squad: Robbie Mitchell, Josh Williamson, Matthew McGhee, Bryce Barrie, Aiden Julyan, Stephen Campbell, Patrick Hamill (c), Lewis Hunter, Kieran McMaster, Kris Mason, Aidan Carruth, Benji Ronald, Kyle Scott, Craig Milne, Conor Fraser.
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