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Stewarton edge out closest challengers Parkmoor

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Parkmoor BC
Stewarton Annick
U15 PJ&DYFL - Division 2
The day had finally arrived where these two would meet for the second time this season, Stewarton ran out winners that time after a very physical high tensioned game. Stewarton sit top of the league not having dropped a point all season and Parkmoor sat 3rd and are the only team with a realistic chance of catching Stewarton in the title race.

The game had been in doubt due to the weather but both teams arrived to find the park in great condition and a perfect day for football.

From kick off Stewarton went on the attack and came close on a number of occasions. Parkmoor were rattled and just couldnt get a hold of the ball. Unfortunately for Stewarton, Watson was in glorious form in goal and they couldnt capatalise on the pressure they were applying. A Hamill free kick was superbly saved by Watson quickly followed by a superb save from an inswinging Hamill corner.

Strangely enough despite Stewarton's pressure the best chance of the half fell to Parkmoor as the ball was swept over from the left Stewarton failed to clear and the ball fell to the Parkmoor striker, however the in form Mitchell in the Stewarton goal raced off his line to produce an excellent block. Stewarton kept applying the pressure but every time they broke they were foiled by some great goalkeeping and defending by Parkmoors no8.

Parkmoor worked really hard to break up the football from Stewarton's midfield and seemed to go with a 4-5-1 flooding the midfield. Stewarton Captain Hamill still had the quality to evade the attention he was receiving to constantly set up chances and Hunter, Campbell & McMaster were more than a match for the Parkmoor set up. The Stewatron defence of Williamson, Julyan, Barrie & McGhee stood resolute and firm and gave as little as possible away. Every time Parkmoor got forward which wasnt a lot in the first half they were snuffed out. However a fast paced and exciting first half came to a close with no goals scored.

Half Time: Parkmoor BC 0-0 Stewarton Annick

Whatever the Parkmoor coaches said to their players at half time seemed to get them fired up and they came out stronger, this time determined to impose their own style on the game. Having decided that football wasnt going to get them any success they reverted to the quick ball up the park relying on their speedy forwards to try and gain a foothold in the game. Stewarton however have become masters at defending this type of tactic and stood firm under some good pressure from Parkmoor.

Stewarton kept probing, Mason and Carruth were starting to get some leeway up front as some of the Parkmoor defenders seemed to tire. Some great balls in from McMaster, Campbell and Hamill were causing havoc but Parkmoor seemed to clear at the last minute to prevent a goal. Another free kick saw Hamill come agonisingly close much to the releif of Watson who was sranded as the ball slipped inches by the post. Shortly after and another Hamill free kick struck the post and just before a striker netted the rebound the referee blew for offside.

Stewarton certainly didnt have it all their own way and Parkmoor remained dangerous on set pieces. Stewarton defenders however seemed to be constantly in the right place to snuff out the danger. Parkmoor thought they had scored when a last ditch clearance from Stewarton's Barrie was sent goalwards but the ball slipped by the post. The game was heating up in pace which seemed to suit Stewarton although the game looked destined to end in a draw.

But alas, Parkmoor were left devestated as Stewarton broke quickly from a well defended Parkmoor set piece. The ball was slipped through to Mason who bore down on Watson and on the 79th minute sent Stewarton home with all 3 points as he sent Watson the wrong way and witness his strike nestle in the back of the net. Stewarton's players went wild as the whole team subs included took off after him and swamped him on he ground. Parkmoor were distraught and probably felt they deserved something from the game but on the balance of play although both teams had opportunityies Stewarton deserved their victory.

This result puts Parkmoor 8 points behind Stewarton who also have a game in hand whilst not impossible and Stewarton players will have that drummed into them it's hard to see a team thats not dropped a point all season and on a run of 5 clean sheets in a row losing the necessary 4 games but still wide open.

Stewarton play Elderslie away 23/3/13 in the league.

Full Time: Parkmoor BC 0-1 Stewarton Annick

Stewarton Squad: Mitchell, Williamson, McGhee, Julyan, Barrie, McMaster, Campbell, Hamill (Cpt), Hunter, Mason, Carruth, Ronald, Milne, Scott, Fraser.
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